Angels sign fourth-round pick but lose three others to college
The Angels agreed to terms with fourth-round pick Michael Clevinger, a right-handed pitcher from Seminole State College, on a $200,000 signing bonus, and they are closing in on an agreement with USC pitcher Austin Wood, a right-hander who was a sixth-round pick.
But they were unable to come to terms with top high school picks Wayne Taylor (14th round), a catcher; Dominic Jose (15th round), an outfielder; and Hunter Lockwood (17th round), also a catcher.
The deadline for signing players from the June draft is Monday night, but the Angels were unable to close large gaps in negotiations with the three, who have all informed the team they will go to college -- Jose and Taylor to Stanford and Lockwood to Oklahoma.
"They've all told us they're going to school," Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said. "It's a little disappointing. We knew it was going to be tough to sign them, and this was one of those situations where we couldn't get it worked out. It's tough to get those kids out of the really good schools."
Clevinger has been assigned to the team's advanced rookie league affiliate at Orem, Utah. If Wood is secured to a deal Monday, the Angels will have come to terms with their top 12 picks .
-- Mike DiGiovanna