The LA Angels just went through the entire MLB Draft without taking a single hitter.
There’s no doubt that the Halos need pitching, but it’s still shocking that the team didn’t attack any hitting at all this year.
When the Angels took Sam Bachman in the first round, many were up in arms because they didn’t take Vanderbilt superstar arm Kumar Rocker.
It was surprising, but the Angels had something more surprising up their sleeve.
The LA Angels likely figure they can’t mess up if they draft pitchers at such a high quantity.
If this draft strategy doesn’t work out for the LA Angels, nothing will.
If this draft doesn’t produce some good arms, the Angels will simply never have good pitching.
This year, the Halos are 26th in ERA (4.89), fourth in highest walks per nine innings (4.11), 12th in most home runs given up per nine innings (1.28), and 11th in highest batting average allowed (.244).
There’s no wonder they’re trying to approach this position in the draft.
Offensively, the Angels haven’t looked so bad these days. They rank tied for fourth in the MLB with a .257 batting average, they rank second in slugging with .440, and rank tied for fourth in home runs with 123. This is all with Mike Trout and Justin Upton injured right now, and $245 million man Anthony Rendon struggling.
This strategy is all about swinging the bat as many times as the Angels can with their number one position of need, hoping the strategy will hit on at least a few cornerstone pieces.
The Angels have struck gold on some late round picks in the past (see Jared Walsh), so hopefully their top picks work out, along with some late round gems they’re able to cash in on.
If this doesn’t work, I don’t know what will. A Major League ball club can’t make any more of a commitment than this.