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Halos stick with early trend, select righty Middleton

Halos stick with early trend, select righty Middleton

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Halos stick with early trend, select righty Middleton

ANAHEIM -- Just as they did with their second-round pick, the Angels used their third-round pick to bolster their Minor League pitching depth.

With the 95th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels selected Keynan Middleton, a right-handed pitcher from Lane Community College in Oregon.

Middleton played both basketball, where he averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and baseball at Lane.

On the diamond, Middleton went 2-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 42 innings. He also had one save and 45 strikeouts.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Middleton throws in the low 90s, however, his fastball has touched 95 mph at times. He also has a slider, curveball and changeup in his arsenal.

In the Pipeline

The Angels' farm system leaves a lot to be desired. The system as a whole is short on pitching depth as seven of the top 10 prospects are position players.

The seven pitchers selected throughout the first two days of the Draft help address that need.

Hunter Green, the team's second-round selection, is a high school prospect, but his ceiling is high and that's exactly what the Angels need.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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