Angels’ First-Year Player Draft: Rounds 2-5
With the 114th overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels selected R.J. Alvarez, a right-handed pitcher from Florida Atlantic.
Alvarez, a junior out of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., was the team’s first pick in the draft and the 19th pick in the third round.
In 2012 with FAU, Alvarez was 5-0 with a 0.72 ERA as a reliever. He was a starter in 2011 before converting to the team’s closer in 2012. His fastball consistently hits 95 mph, while reaching up to 97 mph at times.
Alvarez turns 21 on June 8 and is 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. He had eight saves in 22 appearances with the Owls and struck out 47 batters in 37 2/3 innings.
The 114th pick has a slot value of $416,300.
With the 147th overall pick in the draft, the Angels selected Alex Yarbrough, a second baseman from the University of Mississippi.
Yarbrough, the Angels’ fourth round pick, is a right-handed switch hitter from Allen, Texas.
The junior led Ole Miss in batting this season with a .380 average. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound infielder played in all 62 of the Rebels’ games. He had 17 doubles, three triples and three home runs with 43 RBIs.
The 147th pick has a slot value of $302,800.
With the 177th overall pick in the draft, the Angels selected right-handed pitcher Mark Sappington from Division II Rockhurst College.
In 2012, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Sappington was 10-3 with a 1.78 ERA in 16 games at Rockhurst. He had 101 strikeouts and 30 walks in 96 innings.
The junior from Peculiar, Mo., also tossed five complete games in 2012 for Rockhurst.
The 177th pick has a slot value of $226,700.
— Joe McIntyre