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Angels sign 4th-round draft pick Werner Blakely

Michigan high school shortstop was selected by the Angels with the 11th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft

The Angels have now signed all four of their 2020 draft picks. The last to sign was fourth-round selection Werner Blakely, a shortstop out of Southfield Lathrup High School just outside of Detroit.

Blakely, the 111th overall pick in the draft, tweeted a picture of himself signing his first professional contract on Tuesday morning.

The team has not yet announced the signing.

The Angels paid Blakely a $900,000 signing bonus to buy him out of his college commitment to Auburn, per Jim Callis of The recommended slot value for the 11th overall pick was $522,600.

Baseball America rated Blakely the 297th-best prospect heading into the draft, calling him high-risk and high-reward. “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,” Baseball America wrote. “Blakely is a good runner who glides around the field and could turn into a dangerous basestealing threat.”

Blakely told Jared Purcell of earlier this year that he was a big fan of Derek Jeter growing up, and hoped to follow in his footsteps as a major league shortstop.

“I just want to be known as a complete player,” Blakely told Purcell. “I want people to say, ‘Yes, he has five Silver Slugger awards,’ and ‘Yes, he has five Gold Glove awards.’ Just to be well-rounded and respected in every aspect of the game.”

With Blakely in the fold, all four Angels draft picks have signed, for bonuses totaling $6,454,200, less than one percent over the club’s total bonus pool of $6,397,100.