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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Angels raid colleges for talent

By Mark Saxon

New Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said Monday he was "very on board with what we've done in the past."

Oh really? The Angels used their first 10 draft picks and 23 of their first 29 on college players. That seems like a radical departure from the ways of former scouting director Eddie Bane, who preferred higher-risk, higher-ceiling high school kids.

Among the Angels' picks in Day Two of the draft are USC pitchers Austin Wood and Logan Odom. They also took Nick Maronde, a left-handed pitcher from Florida; Andrew Ray, a left fielder from Northeast Texas College; and Abel Baker from Grayson College, the place that produced John Lackey and Jordan Walden.

The Angels used their only pick in Day One of the draft to take Utah first baseman C.J. Cron.

In 2010, Bane picked high-schoolers with seven of the Angels' first 10 picks.

Other local Angels picks from Day Two: UC Riverside shortstop Trevor Hairgrove in the 18th round and UC Irvine third baseman Brian Hernandez in the 27th round.