All-Star Week has come and gone in Major League Baseball, meaning the 2022 MLB Draft is over as well. After three days, the Los Angeles Angels have added potentially 19 players to their farm system depending on how signings ultimately pan out.
On Day 1, they drafted Campbell University product Zach Neto to add to the team’s deep shortstop group. On Day 2, they added eight more players between the third and 10th rounds, including Tennessee flamethrower Ben Joyce.
The third day saw the Angels select 10 more players between rounds 11 and 20. This is the second year of the 20-round draft format, and it appears to be a good break from the 40 rounds of year’s past. With their 10 picks, the Angels added five pitchers, three outfielders, and two catchers.
Below, we’ll break down each of the Angels 10 picks on Day 3 of the Draft, with breakdowns from Days 1 and 2 available as well.
Day 1 Breakdown
Day 2 Breakdown
Round 11: Caden Dana, RHP, New Jersey
Both in physical appearance and pitching style, Caden Dana has drawn comparisons to Noah Syndergaard. A hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, Dana impressed scouts at various summer showcases, displaying a brilliant fastball/curveball mix. His heater sits around 95 mph and his curveball in the mid-70s.
Round 12: Jared Southard, RHP, Texas
For the second time in four years, the Angels draft Jared Southard from the University of Texas at Austin. They selected him in the 20th round of the 2019 draft, and now take him in the 12th round of 2022. Southard has some issues with walks and availability, never pitching more than 29.1 innings in a college season, but his strikeout numbers have been remarkable regardless of where he pitches.
Round 13: Tucker Flint, OF, Chipola College (FL)
Tucker Flint was the Junior College Player of the Year in Florida for 2021-22, making him an intriguing prospect. His power is highly regarded, but has some concerns regarding bat speed and arm strength for an outfielder. It’s likely he’s moved to first base by the time his pro career is over.
Round 14: Sabin Ceballos, C, San Jacinto College North (TX)
Sabin Ceballos held a .705 OPS in the MLB Draft Summer League over 11 games, and has shown decent prowess as a defensive catcher. At just 19 years old, he already has a solid amount of experience under his belt at the Junior College and summer league level.
Round 15: Bryce Osmond, RHP, Oklahoma State
At one time a two-way player, Osmond abandoned hitting and has become a solid full-time reliever. Some scouts believe he has back-end starter potential, but his two-pitch mix certainly lends itself better out of the bullpen.
Round 16: Casey Dana, OF, Connecticut
The brother of Angels’ 11th-round pick, Casey Dana had a strong fifth-year season for the Connecticut Huskies, batting .313 with 21 doubles and 12 home runs. He played his first four seasons of college baseball at Seton Hall before transferring.
Round 17: Sammy Natera Jr., LHP, New Mexico State
Sammy Natera Jr.’s college stats are nothing to write home about. However, plenty of potential could be found in his brief appearance in the Cape Cod League. He pitched just four innings, but was perfect in that time, not allowing a single baserunner out of the bullpen.
Round 18: Max Gieg, RHP, Boston College
Max Gieg is another pitcher with strong stats out of the Cape Cod League, but he also had himself a successful Junior season at Boston College. He posted a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings as a part-time starter and part-time reliever.
Round 19: Luke Franzoni, OF, Xavier
In his Senior season at Xavier, Luke Franzoni lit the world on fire. His 1.306 OPS came thanks to a whopping 29 home runs in just 75 hits. He also walked (53) nearly as much as he struck out (64) showing relatively strong plate discipline.
Round 20: Brendan Tinsman, C, Wake Forest
Like Franzoni, Brendan Tinsman had himself a strong Senior season, batting .355 with an 1.107 OPS. He hit 24 home runs and 15 doubles out of 87 total hits, and has an absurd power bat out of the catcher position.