Through day two of the 2013 MLB Draft there have been ten rounds of selections. The Los Angeles Angels missed round one so they have had nine picks. Of those nine picks only one was not a pitcher. They tied a record in fact by making their first seven picks a pitcher. They chose 5 righties and two lefties. They then grabbed a catcher and finished day 2 of the draft with another pitcher. What does this tell us? Well it seems that the Angels want to focus on building their pitching depth.
Okay so that was kind of an obvious answer but the question can be raised of whether or not this is a bit of overkill for the Angels. Eight of the first nine picks are pitchers? Really, does that sound like the best idea? I guess they are happy with their position players for now and want to add good pitching. They probably figure the more pitchers they add, the more good ones they will end up with in a few years.
The idea that a deep pitching organization is a positive thing is old news by now and clearly it is true. I guess it is also possible considering the sheer number of pitchers they took, that they might feel more comfortable with their offensive development within the organization. That way, if they can focus on the lesser ranked position players in the last days of the draft and not worry about their development, they stockpile the pitchers to make sure they get a few good ones out of it. In the end it’s a risky but pretty respectable strategy I suppose. We’ll have to see how it turns out.