Draft picks take swings at Angel Stadium

Draft picks take swings at Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM -- A trio of athletes right out of high school had a memorable afternoon at Angel Stadium on Wednesday. Taylor Lindsey, Chevy Clarke and Ryan Bolden, three of the Angels' top five picks in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, took batting practice in front of manager Mike Scioscia and scouting director Eddie Bane and then visited the clubhouse, getting a big welcome from Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu and Co.

"Great experience, being here and taking BP," said Clarke, a mercurial center fielder from Georgia. Lindsey, a shortstop/second baseman from Scottsdale, Ariz., engaged fellow Scottsdale resident Brandon Wood in conversation. Bolden, from Mississippi, has a few inches on Hunter, whose position he'd someday like to claim. "I can also play the corners," Bolden said.

Scioscia was impressed.

"These kids, I'm amazed how good they are at such a young age," the manager said. "These kids are really advanced. They keep doing things you wouldn't expect from kids 18 years old, how they swing the bat. The poise they have is impressive."

The Angels are suddenly rich in athletic young outfielders, having landed Mike Trout and Randal Grichuk with their two first-round picks last year to go with ultra-swift Peter Bourjos, who's at Triple-A Salt Lake.