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LA Angels draft a pair of shortstops in first two rounds

By David Rice
General Manager Billy Eppler, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
General Manager Billy Eppler, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) /
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The LA Angels made its first two picks of the 2019 Amateur Draft and it was a pair of shortstops, one in college and one in high school.

So what do we know about the LA Angels first two draft picks Will Wilson the 15th pick overall from NC State, and shortstop Kyren Paris a shortstop from Freedom High School in Oakley, California.

Wilson is a player that could switch positions which is what many experts think will happen.  Wilson had a great slash line his junior year at NC State with a .335 batting average, a .425 OBP, and a .661 OPS.  He hit 16 homers with 20 doubles with 57 RBIs.

Wilson will probably sent to the Arizona Rookie League upon signing with the Angels.  If he hits like he did in college you could see Wilson in the majors sooner rather than later. Wilson is a big guy which is why many experts expect him to move positions.

The NC State twitter site put out this about Angels 15th pick overall Will Wilson.

The Angels second round pick is more of a typical pick for the Halos.  Kyren Paris is an athletic shortstop with a tremendous upside, but he is still very raw. Paris is a senior at Freedom High School in Oakley, California.  Paris follows the last couple of first-round Angel picks Jordyn Adams and Jo Adell who are tremendously gifted athletes.

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Many experts have said that Paris, not Wilson could be the potential heir to Andrelton Simmons at shortstop.  The Angels already have Livan Soto and Kevin Maitan who are both shortstops as well as Roberto Baldiquin.

Despite already graduating high school Paris is not yet 18 years old. He does not turn 18 until November 11th.

Wilson on the other hand is 22 years old.  Both hit from the right side of the plate only.

Paris is committed to play baseball for Cal in the fall, but is said to be very likely to sign with whoever drafted him.  Paris contract is said to be around a slot of 1.3 million dollars Whereas Wilson could earn close to four million dollars for his first round slot.

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We will see what happens on day 2 of the draft when rounds 3 – 10 take place.

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