In seventh round, Angels grab outfielder Way

In seventh round, Angels grab outfielder Way

ANAHEIM -- The Angels took center fielder Bo Way out of Kennesaw State University with their seventh-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, going with a second straight outfielder after starting with five consecutive pitchers.

Way, a senior left-handed hitter out of Brunswick, Ga., is listed at 6 feet and 180 pounds. The 22-year-old posted a .358/.404/.470 slash line this past season, hitting two homers, driving in 31 runs and stealing 11 bases in 58 games. Way transferred to Kennesaw State after two years at Middle Georgia State College and is considered a solid defender with a strong arm that allows him to play all three outfield spots.

Angels scouting director Ric Wilson called him "a hard-charger, contact-type bat, who's just a grinder."

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.

"I'm just honored and humbled to be in this position," Way, whose team advanced to the Super Regionals, said in a statement released by KSU. "I'm grateful for Kennesaw State and coach Mike Sansing for giving me the opportunity to advance my baseball career and for the Los Angeles Angels for allowing me to take it a step further. It's a culmination of all the hard work and effort I've put in and it's just unbelievable to see it pay off in the end."

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.