Los Angeles Angels second round and 60th overall pick Brandon Marsh originally said he was going to play college baseball instead of sign with the Angels out of high school. Things may be changing.
The Los Angeles Angels drafted Brandon Marsh in the second round with the 60th pick and he was the 59th overall high school baseball player in America this year according to baseballamerica.com
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It was originally reported that Marsh was going to fulfill his college baseball commitment to Kennesaw State University and not sign with the Angels. However, now his advisor is saying that the team and player are in talks about a deal.
If the Angels could land this guy it would be a huge boost to their farm system that is pretty much rated dead last by everyone who ranks farm systems. Marsh was a two-sport athlete at Buford high school in Georgia, playing football and baseball. The Peach State produces lots of good baseball talent and Marsh seems to be no exception.
His quick hands and good bat speed are a good base and with him just focusing on one sport, should help him progress much faster. He has the speed to play center field and a plus throwing arm to play right field. He has been clocked in the low 90’s when he has pitched.
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Marsh ended his senior season batting .559, yes you read that right. He also made some topnotch defensive plays in the outfield.
If Marsh does end up signing with the Angels, they could have a special talent on their hands. The 18 year old stand at six feet four inches and weighs 210lbs. He bats left and throws right. He also graduated with a 3.4 grade point average.
A five-tool player with a left handed bat is definitely something that the Angels could use. If he does end up signing, it may not be too long before we could see this guy in the big leagues. The talent is there for it.
The Angels and Marsh have until July 15th to come to terms on a deal. The Angels slot value for the 60th pick is $1,073,300. Marsh has the upper hand in the negotiations right now. He has options as to what he can do. He can not sign and go to college and reenter the draft after 3 years. The Angels are hopeful they will land this guy and not waste a 2nd round pick on a player who doesn’t end up in their system. However with the way the 2016 season is going for the Angels, who knows what will happen.