ANAHEIM -- The first position player selected by the Angels in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft came in the form of Alex Abbott, a left-handed-hitting right fielder out of high school in Georgia who was taken in the sixth round.
Prior to that, the Angels selected five consecutive pitchers.
Abbott is listed at 5-foot-11 and 187 pounds, turns 20 in November, hails from Tift County High School in South Georgia and boasts good raw power. He also has a scholarship offer to the University of Florida as a backup plan.
Angels scouting director Ric Wilson has seen Abbott dating back to when he was in eighth grade.
"He was a nice looking kid, and he had some kind of pretty swing," Wilson said. "So we just started following him and following him and following him and just fell in love with his swing. He's very professional. He can throw, he's a corner outfielder who could swing the bat, and it's going to roll into some power."
Asked if he has any signability concerns with Abbott, Wilson said: "Not at all."
Rounds 3-10 took place on Friday, and the Draft concludes with Rounds 11-40 on Saturday. Exclusive coverage of Saturday's Draft starts at 10 a.m. PT on MLB.com.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less