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Angels news: Upside of the draft, evaluating players, undrafted free agents

Plus a report that one of the draft picks has signed

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2020 Major League Baseball Draft Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Included in the odds and ends on the draft from Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs was this note on the Angels:

The Angels did their usual mix of young upside athletes and college performers. Werner Blakely has huge projection, and David Calabrese is very young. Fifth rounder Adam Seminaris is a four-pitch lefty from Long Beach with good secondary stuff. He doesn’t throw very hard but fills the zone and might be a 40-man arm eventually.

The Angels picked two pitchers and two position players in their draft, led by Louisville left-hander Reid Detmers in the first round. But with the minor league season very much in doubt, finding a place for them to play in games will be a challenge.

As general manager Billy Eppler told J.P. Hoornstra at the Orange County Register, “We have to wait and see what the near future holds and what kind of opportunities there are for us to get our younger players into competitive environments that we can properly evaluate them.”

Undrafted players can sign with any team beginning Sunday, with signing bonuses maxed out at $20,000. For their drafted players, the Angels have a bonus pool of $6.4 million, with a deadline of August 1 to sign those players.

It sounds like one of the four picks is already in the fold: