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TCU's Kipper picked up by Angels in ninth round

TCU's Kipper picked up by Angels in ninth round

ANAHEIM -- The Angels selected right-hander Jordan Kipper in the ninth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, giving them six pitchers within their first 10 picks by the time Day 2 came to a close.

Kipper, a junior at Texas Christian University, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, and is coming off a season that saw him go 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 games (12 starts), striking out 65 batters and walking 14 in 68 2/3 innings. Prior to going to TCU, Kipper played two seasons at Central Arizona College and was taken by the Phillies in the 30th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

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Kipper mostly utilizes a sinker and slider, with velocity ranging from 88-93 mph, and can throw strikes with both pitches.

"Nothing really overwhelming, but he just pounds that strike zone," Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said. "He's got a big history of throwing strikes, and he fits in with what we're trying to do."

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.

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