Aug 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; National Pitcher Joe Gatto (33) delivers a pitch during the 2013 Under Armour All-American Baseball game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Draft: Los Angeles Angels Select RHP Joe Gatto with 53rd Pick

The Los Angeles Angels doubled down on the mound in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft by selecting RHP Joey Gatto from St. Augustine Prep in Richland, NJ.

Two and a half hours earlier the Halos grabbed University of Hartford lefty pitcher Sean Newcomb with the 15th pick. The senior pitcher, committed to the University of North Carolina, stands 6’5″. But at 215 pounds, lacks Newcomb’s size–he himself checking in at 240. Gatto, who played in the same high school league as a certain Halos star from New Jersey, tops out at 95 mph, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

The Newcomb pick followed GM Jeremy Dipoto’s and scouting director  Ric Wilson’s trend of preferring collegiate players. Per Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez, the Angels went from drafting 15 high school players in 2010 (the year before Wilson arrived) to seven. That number dropped with Dipoto onboard the following year and was down to four last year. Perhaps that made the Gatto pick a bit confusing for some.

Bleacher Report national MLB writer Adam Wells expects that Gatto’s arrival to The Show is a long way off with a 2018 ETA (he turns 19 later this month), but expects that the signing bonus will lure him away from becoming a Tar Heel.

The Angels next pick at No. 88, selecting 14th in all of the remaining rounds, 40 in total.


Let us know in the comments below if you liked one or both of the Angels’ draft picks tonight, and who they should target tomorrow.




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