The Los Angeles Angels have selected Florida State CL Tommy Watson (6’6″ 215 lbs) with the 30th pick in the 2022 amateur player draft.
Watson had the lowest FIP (0.11) in college baseball (2nd had 0.69) and also lead the nation in K/9 with 20.4 (2nd had 17.9).
The Angels have focused more on stats the past two drafts after selecting Myron Gomes (30th) and Eric Scales (32nd) in the 2021 draft. Both Gomes and Scales are off to a hot start to their professional careers and find themselves atop the Angels system rankings with Gomes now ranking 78th in MLB.
“We aren’t typically looking to draft a relief pitcher or closer in the 1st round,” said Angels GM Mike Lowe. “However, when you have a guy with outliers such as Tommy has, it made a lot of sense and made the pick a rather easy one.”
The Angels next pick is the 29th pick of the 2nd round, 61st overall.