Pepperdine second baseman Hutton Moyer, the son of former major league pitcher Jamie Moyer, was among the eight players, including three with Southern California ties, that the Angels selected on the second day of the draft Tuesday.
Moyer, 22, hit .295 with a .413 on-base percentage and 14 home runs as a junior this season after not hitting any home runs as a sophomore. The switch-hitter, who was selected in the seventh round, is the younger brother of Dodgers shortstop prospect Dillon Moyer.
The Angels picked Loyola Marymount shortstop David Fletcher, who hit .308 with 51 runs batted in as a draft-eligible sophomore this season, in the sixth round and Cal Baptist right-hander Adam Hofacket, who was 7-5 with a 2.26 earned-run average, striking out 98 batters and walking 20 in 103 1/3 innings, in the 10th round.
Their top pick Tuesday was Texas A&M pitcher Grayson Long, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-hander who was 9-1 with a 2.82 ERA and struck out 106 and walked 39 in 95 2/3 innings. The third-round pick mixes a fastball that ranges between 89-93 mph with a changeup and slider.
The Angels, who are focusing more on position players after pitcher-heavy drafts in 2013 and 2014, also selected outfielders Brendon Sanger (fourth round, Florida Atlantic University), Jared Foster (fifth round, Louisiana State) and Kyle Survance (eighth round, University of Houston) and catcher Tanner Lubach (ninth round, Nebraska).
After using their top two picks on Fresno State catcher Tyler Ward and Georgia high school outfielder Jahmai Jones on Monday, the Angels have used eight of their first 10 picks on position players, with nine of the 10 picks coming from the college ranks.
"We wanted to get deeper in the position players, and that’s what we did,” Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said. “We got to a point in the draft where we felt Grayson Long was someone we really wanted, and we felt it was possibly worth losing one of the position players.
“We saw more depth in position players this year and decided to attack that particular part of the draft, and it worked out great. We wanted speed guys up the middle. We got some catching, some power, some very athletic guys, some guys who can run. I couldn’t be more happy.”
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