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Yacinich the first infielder selected by Angels


ANAHEIM -- The Angels took Iowa shortstop Jake Yacinich with their eighth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the third consecutive position player selected and the only infielder the organization took within the first 10 rounds.

Yacinich, a left-handed-hitting junior, is listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this season, leading the Hawkeyes with a .365 batting average to go along with a .438 on-base percentage, .447 slugging percentage, 45 runs, 25 stolen bases -- including a steal of home, capped by an athletic headfirst slide, in the Big Ten Tournament -- and 32 RBIs.

"We like the glove," Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said. "We think he's a solid average to above-average defender. Bat may take a little while to get there, but he's a contact bat, he puts the ball in play. Not a lot of swing and miss to him. We believe the bat will advance, but his glove will always be there."

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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