Will Wilson selected by Angels at No. 15 in MLB Draft


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ANAHEIM — The Angels selected a collegiate position player with their first pick for the first time under scouting director Matt Swanson, as they took shortstop Will Wilson from North Carolina State with the No. 15 overall pick in the MLB Draft on Monday night.
The Angels had previously taken

ANAHEIM — The Angels selected a collegiate position player with their first pick for the first time under scouting director Matt Swanson, as they took shortstop Will Wilson from North Carolina State with the No. 15 overall pick in the MLB Draft on Monday night.

The Angels had previously taken high-upside prep outfielders in their previous two Drafts under Swanson, selecting Jo Adell with the No. 10 pick in 2017 and Jordyn Adams with the No. 17 selection in ‘18. But this time they went with a player with a higher floor, as Wilson is considered a safe selection because of his advanced hitting tool and ability to remain in the middle of the diamond defensively. He was ranked as the No. 21 overall Draft prospect by MLB Pipeline.

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Wilson, who turns 22 on July 21, has surprising power for a middle infielder, as he hit .361/.450/.703 with 16 homers and 19 doubles in 50 games with N.C. State this year. He also hit 15 homers and 16 doubles in ’18 and was one of only four players to hit 10 homers in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Wilson, though, has below-average speed for a middle infielder and has just four career stolen bases in his three seasons with the Wolfpack. His lack of speed has scouts divided on whether he can stick at shortstop, but his bat would still profile with a move to second base. The 6-foot, 184-pounder been compared to Brian Dozier, a power-hitting second baseman who was moved off shortstop early in his career, but has more speed than Wilson.

“I’d say I bring a gritty attitude to the field and a grinder’s mentality,” Wilson said on MLB Network. “I model myself after Trea Turner after going to N.C. State and watching how all the coaches built him up. I try to model my game after him.”

The Angels have $3,885,800 to spend on their first selection and a total bonus pool of $7,608,700 to spend in the first 10 rounds.

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 9:30 a.m. PT, with exclusive coverage beginning at 10 a.m. PT. Go to MLB.com/Draft for complete coverage, including every pick on Draft Tracker, coverage and analysis from MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft and @MLBDraftTracker on Twitter.

Rhett Bollinger covers the Angels for MLB.com. He previously covered the Twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.



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