ANAHEIM -- With their fourth-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Angels selected right-hander Jeremy Rhoades from Illinois State.
Rhoades, taken 119th overall, is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior who posted a 2.35 ERA in 19 games (eight starts) this past season, striking out 92 batters and walking 25 in 76 2/3 innings while winning six games and notching four saves.
He earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors as a full-time reliever during his sophomore year, and though he bounced back and forth in 2014, the Angels are going to give him a chance to start.
"Who knows where he's going to end up," Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said, "but we're going to send him out as a starter."
The 21-year-old has great command of a swing-and-miss slider that sits in the mid-80's and throws his fastball consistently at 90-92 mph. Rhoades still needs to focus on repeating his delivery and commanding the changeup -- a pitch he may not need if he's pitching in the back end of bullpens, however.
The Draft concludes with Rounds 11-40 on Saturday. Exclusive coverage of Saturday's Draft starts at 10 a.m. PT on MLB.com.
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