Halos hoping for finds in latter rounds

Halos hoping for finds in latter rounds

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Angels have had more than their share of luck over the years with late-round Draft nuggets coming after -- long after in some cases -- pick No. 111.

Catcher Mike Napoli was taken in the 17th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, and seven years later he was behind the plate for the Angels.

Reliever Scot Shields was a 38th round pick in the 1997 Draft, and by 2001 he was in manager Mike Scioscia's bullpen, emerging as a full-service reliever the following season.

Second baseman Howard Kendrick (2002) and corner infielder/outfielder Robb Quinlan (1999) were 10th-round finds. Kendrick reached the big time in 2006 after hitting .360 in the Minor Leagues, while Quinlan reached The Show in 2003.

After 111 picks on Day 1 -- including Rounds 1, 2 and 3 and Compensation Rounds A and B, -- and rounds four through 30 on Wednesday, the Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds, beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT.

MLB.com's coverage will include a live pick-by-pick audio stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.

Fans will not only be able to follow along every minute of the way online, but they'll be able to interact directly with Draft-eligible players and MLB.com Draft experts, among others.

The Draft Tracker will also feature the addition of Twitter, and the participation of "tweeters" such as MLB.com Draft expert @JonathanMayoB3, who will also be serving as on-air talent for all three days of the Draft; and reporter @LisaWinstonMLB, who will be writing the up-to-the-minute coverage for MLB.com.

In addition, MLB.com has created a Twitter account devoted to the Draft, where you can stay updated on every piece of info as it becomes available (@MLBDraft).

The Angels have also enjoyed success with post-111 choices by other organizations.

Third baseman Chone Figgins was a fourth-round pick by Colorado in 1997, reaching the Majors with the Angels in 2002 as an all-purpose player.

Closer Brian Fuentes was a 25th-round pick by Seattle in 1995, breaking into the Mariners' bullpen in 2001.

Outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was a 13th-round pick by San Diego in 1994, making his Major League debut with the Padres five years later.

Pitcher Matt Palmer was taken in the 31st round by San Francisco in 2002, throwing his first Major League pitch for the Giants in 2008.

Reliever Justin Speier waited until the 55th round to get the call from the Chicago Cubs in 1995, reaching the Windy City for his MLB debut in 1998.

Carter Gaddis is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.