Happy MLB Draft Day! The Los Angeles Angels will be selecting 11th in the first round of the MLB Draft today. There're a lot of directions the team can go with that pick, but with how well Perry Minasian has done with his draft picks, it's definitely an exciting time for Angels fans.
Some of the best players in Angels history were drafted in the first round, but for every Mike Trout and Jerad Weaver there're always Brandon Wood's and Hank Conger's.
The Angels haven't made a first-round pick every year over the last decade thanks to them signing some free agents with the Qualifying Offer attached, but let's go over each of the last ten players they've picked in the first round and rank them from worst to best.
10) Will Wilson: 15th overall, 2019 MLB Draft
Will Wilson was the Angels' first-round pick in 2019 selected out of NC State University. Wilson looked like the potential shortstop of the future for the Angels, but didn't get much time to show it. He played just 46 games in Rookie Ball before being traded that offseason to the Giants.
The Angels shipped Zack Cozart and the rest of his hefty contract to the Giants and had to throw in Wilson to get them to eat the money (thanks, Arte Moreno). While Wilson hasn't quite turned into anything notable, trading away one of your best contracts just to get off of a bad contract is horrific asset management.
Wilson has played three years in the Giants system and hasn't done much of anything. This season he's slashing .225/.306/.395 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI for AAA Sacramento. The 24-year-old still has more time to grow, but it looks like the Angels dodged a major bullet here.