You want pitchers? We got pitchers! The Angels went toolsy athletic fielders on day 1 and ALL pitchers on day 2. Taylor Blake Ward approves.
#Angels second day recap: two upside starters in Aaron Hernandez and Kyle Bradish, huge two-way upside athlete in William English, and five straight senior pitchers with high strikeout rates in Austin Warren, Andrew Wantz, Tyler Smith, Jake Lee and Ben Morrison— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) June 5, 2018
RHP Aaron Hernandez, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has a four pitch repertoire that includes a mid 90s fastball with sinking action, curveball, slider, and a changeup.
Hernandez another high ceiling pick for the Angels. Big time velocity, but really inconsistent, not the biggest guy, likely a reliever for me, but has a chance to be a starter is going to take a while needs to be coached up— jeff ellis (@jeffMLBdraft) June 5, 2018
RHP Kyle Bradish, New Mexico State
Bradish (as opposed to Kyle-ish), throws a low to mid 90s fastball and good curve. He also throws a changeup and a slider that needs some work by some accounts. Bradish threw 272 innings for New Mexico State over 3 years so don’t be surprised if the Angels limit his innings a bit this year.
#Angels take Kyle Bradish from New Mexico St with their fourth round pick - dream on rotation option who throws four average or better pitches, FB sit low/mid 90's— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) June 5, 2018
P William English, Western International HS (MI)
Not to be confused with the former Prime Minister of New Zealand (hey it comes up when you Google him), English is a 6’3”, 185# pitcher who ALSO plays a mean outfield. He was drafted as a two-way player and not just a pitcher.
#Angels 5th rounder and possible 2-way player William English(@will__english) does it all! pic.twitter.com/zdUtMOHXRm— Jared Tims (@Jared_Tims) June 5, 2018
RHR Austin Warren, UNC Wilmington
Warren is a multi reliever who struck out 11.22 hitters this past season and allowed only 1 run in 13.2 post season innings. He has a low 90s fastball and good slider. He’s the first college senior the Angels signed in the draft.
RHR Andrew Wantz, UNC Greensboro
Wantz some more? The jokes make themselves here people. We have no Jett Bandy but we aren’t without Wantz. Another reliever who struck out 81 in 55 innings this year and posted a 2.95 ERA. He has a low to mid 90s fastball and huge K rate.
RHR Tyler Smith, Canisius Col
Smith has a 0.71 ERA in 63.2 innings over his past two college seasons. He’s also a huge strikeout pitcher with 83 Ks in those two years. Speaking of huge - Smith is an imposing presence on the mound at 6’ 230#
RHS Jake Lee, Oakland U
Stop me if you sense a theme here - 112 Ks over 75.1 innings. Yeah, the Angels are clearing going for high K college guys on day 2 of the draft.
#Angels have picked the 4th and 5th highest K/9 in the NCAA D1 today in Jake Lee and Andrew Wantz.— Jared Tims (@Jared_Tims) June 5, 2018
RHR Ben Morrison, Western Kentucky U
Sure why not, #Angels add on there 8th RHP today with Ben Morrison(@BenMorrison8) in the 10th round.— Jared Tims (@Jared_Tims) June 5, 2018
Ben pitched 36.2 innings, with 42 strike outs, 9 walks, and a 2.21 ERA for Western Kentucky