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Angels 2012 draft retrospective: Jerry Dipoto does his best with one arm tied behind his back

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing our look at the past five years of drafts for the Angels, today we have 2012 on deck and we're ready to, in the words of Ian Mackaye, look back and laugh. I say that only because in hindsight, these things are ALWAYS funny, even though whether the draft could be deemed a success or failure is a different story altogether. Such lofty heights and aspirations for even the lowliest of picks, couple with completely overlooking other picks. That's just the nature of drafts...the bust rate is real.

To be honest, though, even though the Angels were hamstrung in this one from the get-go, it wasn't THAT bad at all. The Angels didn't have a pick in the 2012 draft until round 3, or #114 overall, and you probably remember why. The Day of the Panther (another funny thing to look back and laugh/cry at), when Jerry Dipoto and Arte Moreno gave fans Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson signings, cost the Angels some picks and had them off their back feet from the beginning. /shrug emoji

With that said, they picked up some useful pieces along the way, even if they had to do it in roundabout ways. Their first pick of the draft, in the third round, was pitcher R.J. Alvarez, who was traded to the Padres in the Huston Street deal. He is now with the A's organization, where he's not even a top 20 prospect in their system, but who knows where he'd rank in the current Angels farm. Their second pick, Alex Yarbrough, is in AAA and while he isn't burning up any current rankings list, he's an ok piece in a shallow system.

In the 13th round, they got current reliever Mike Morin, and in the 14th round they got Halos Heaven favorite and recent AAA callup Sherman Johnson. Not bad. Not having a pick in the first couple rounds probably hurt them, obviously, especially when those first two rounds included names like Corey Seager, Marcus Stroman, Joey Gallo, and Stephen Piscotty. But with that said, they STILL kinda/sorta got a first round pick after all.

Andrew Heaney was taken 9th overall, by the Marlins, and he's now an Angel (albeit an injured Angel, but he'll be back), thanks to some creative work from Jerry Dipoto. So they got a future rotation piece, a nice bullpen arm, and a few OK prospects on the horizon, in a draft where they seemingly didn't stand a chance. Overall, they took 17 pitchers, nine infielders, seven catchers and five outfielders. Also, they drafted Mickey Hatcher's son nephew, just for good measure.

Here's the full rundown of the Angels' 2012 draft, for posterity's sake:

Rnd OvPck RdPck Name Pos Drafted Out of
3 114 19 R.J. Alvarez (minors) RHP Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)
4 147 19 Alex Yarbrough (minors) 2B University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
5 177 19 Mark Sappington (minors) RHP Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO)
6 207 19 Eric Stamets (minors) SS University of Evansville (Evansville, IN)
7 237 19 Chase Patterson (minors) C Mary Montgomery HS (Semmes, AL)
8 267 19 Austin Adams (minors) RHP University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
9 297 19 Michael Roth (minors) LHP University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
10 327 19 Chris O'Grady (minors) LHP George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
11 357 19 Jonathan Walsh (minors) LF University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
12 387 19 Zach Wright (minors) C East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
13 417 19 Mike Morin (minors) RHP University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
14 447 19 Sherman Johnson (minors) 2B Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
15 477 19 Reid Scoggins (minors) RHP Howard College (Big Spring, TX)
16 507 19 Kody Eaves (minors) 2B Pasadena Memorial HS (Pasadena, TX)
17 537 19 Yency Almonte (minors) RHP Christopher Columbus HS (Miami, FL)
18 567 19 Ryan Dalton (minors) 3B University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
19 597 19 Aaron Newcomb (minors) RHP Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
20 627 19 Quinten Davis (minors) CF McLennan Community College (Waco, TX)
21 657 19 Pat Lowery (minors) RHP Columbia University (New York, NY)
22 687 19 Anthony Bemboom (minors) C Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
23 717 19 Michael Snyder (minors) 3B Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL)
24 747 19 Garrett Bush (minors) RHP Flagler College (St. Augustine, FL)
25 777 19 Kyle Johnson (minors) CF Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
26 807 19 Tyler DeLoach (minors) LHP University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
27 837 19 Wade Hinkle (minors) 1B Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
28 867 19 Joel Capote (minors) CF St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, FL)
29 897 19 Caleb Bushyhead (minors) SS University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
30 927 19 Nic DellaTorre (minors) LHP St. Johns River Community College (Palatka, FL)
31 957 19 Jeff Kemp (minors) SS Radford University (Radford, VA)
32 987 19 Robert Powell (minors) RHP Stetson University (DeLand, FL)
33 1017 19 Samuel Mulroy (minors) C Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
34 1047 19 Zac Livingston (minors) C Arizona Christian University (Phoenix, AZ)
35 1077 19 Pedro Pizarro (minors) C Byrd HS (Shreveport, LA)
36 1107 19 Kenny Hatcher (minors) RHP Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, TX)
37 1137 19 Matt Collins (minors) RHP University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
38 1167 19 Jake Boyd (minors) RHP Stetson University (DeLand, FL)
39 1197 19 Justin Morhardt (minors) C Gilbert HS (Winsted, CT)
40 1227 19 Blake Amaral (minors) RF Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu, HI)
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