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Their 3rd & 4th rounders

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The Angels have signed two of their selections from last weeks MLB Draft. They’ve signed Werner Blakely, their fourth round pick, along with David Calabrese, the teams third round selection.

Per Baseball America:

“Blakely is a prototypical high-risk, high-reward prospect with plenty of athleticism and tools, but a rawness to his game that raises some concerns,” Baseball America writes. “Teams are excited about his potential and the power he could pack on to his athletic frame, but he’ll need plenty of at-bats to refine his offensive game.”

Calabrese is an outfielder from Canada, who many regard as the top Canadian prospect in this year’s draft class. He’s also only 17, being one of the youngest players from the entire draft.

Calabrese was rated as the No. 97 prospect according to MLB.com, but he was ranked the No. 19 overall prospect according to The Athletic’s Keith Law. Here’s what he had to say about the 17-year old.

Calabrese gets a lot of comparisons to a young Jacoby Ellsbury as a plus-plus runner who rivals Crow-Armstrong for the best defensive center fielder in the draft. He’s short to the ball with a good approach, staying back to make more contact at the cost of power, although his body points to double-digit homers down the road. Scouts did get to see him briefly against young pro pitchers this March before his team’s tour of Florida ended abruptly, so they have a sense of how he might handle velocity or better spin. He’s also one of the youngest players in the class, turning 18 in late September.