ANAHEIM -- The Angels tabbed right-handed pitcher Harrison Cooney in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Cooney began the season as Florida Gulf Coast's closer and excelled in that role before joining the starting rotation in April. He made 21 appearances and five starts before finishing with a 6-6 record and 3.24 ERA. The Vero Beach, Fla., native held opponents to a .229 batting average.
Cooney's fastball sits in the low 90s and occasionally touches 95 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup, both of which are considered Major League offerings when he is at his best.
He was selected by the Pirates in the 40th round of the 2010 Draft.
Cooney is a late bloomer and still is more of a thrower than a pitcher. He needs more experience, but he could remain a starter as a professional if he adds strength to his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and continues to develop his feel for pitching.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less