The Angels came to an agreement with their third-round selection, outfielder David Calabrese.
3rd-rder David Calabrese signs with Angels for $744,200 (full slot 82 value). Canadian HS OF, outstanding speed, gap hitter, CF instincts. Arkansas recruit. @MLBDraft #WearAMask— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 3, 2020
Calabrese, 17, made it official on his Twitter page, too.
Excited to officially be a Los Angeles Angel! Can’t wait to get started! pic.twitter.com/KTa8QLswY4— David Calabrese (@DavidCala24_) July 3, 2020
This is great news for the Angels, as Calabrese was only a high school prospect from St. Elizabeth High School. He was committed to play college ball at Arkansas. Calabrese was one of the youngest prospects in the entire 2020 MLB Draft.
Here’s a quick excerpt from our article when the Angels drafted him.
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.