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Angels sign fifth-round pick Adam Seminaris, a left-hander from Long Beach State

Long Beach State pitcher Adam Seminaris warms up prior to a game on Feb. 24, 2019.
The Angels selected former Long Beach State pitcher Adam Seminaris in the fifth round of last week’s draft.
(Hiro Ueno / Associated Press)

The Angels reached an agreement with pitcher Adam Seminaris, a left-hander from Long Beach State they took in the fifth round of last week’s draft, to a contract of $140,000, said a person familiar with negotiations who was not authorized to comment publicly.

The assigned value for the 141st pick, with which they drafted Seminaris, was $390,400. The deep discount should give the Angels flexibility to offer their high school picks, third-rounder David Calabrese and fourth-rounder Werner Blakely, over-slot signing bonuses. Both are committed to Southeastern Conference schools.

Seminaris, 21, had a 3.58 ERA in 173 2/3 innings in his collegiate career. He struck out 36 and walked one in 22 innings before the COVID-19 pandemic ended his junior season. Baseball America wrote in its scouting report that Seminaris “dominates with a feel to pitch so elite that one evaluator compared it to Tom Glavine’s.”

“Excited to get a guy with that kind of feel and moxie into the organization,” general manager Billy Eppler said after the draft.

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The last Long Beach State player the Angels drafted was Jered Weaver, a first-rounder in 2004. Weaver was a three-time All-Star and finished in the top five in Cy Young Award balloting three times during his 11-year tenure with the Angels.


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