The Angels struck gold with their selection of Mike Trout in 2009.
Last year, the Angels forfeited their first-round pick with the signing of Albert Pujols in the offseason. This year, they also lose a choice in the first round courtesy of the five-year deal given to free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton.
As a result, the Angels' first pick isn't until the second round with the 59th overall selection.
In addition, with several trades made by the Angels in the past few years, they now have what is considered the worst farm system in the majors, according to Baseball America.
General manager Jerry Dipoto and his staff can begin the arduous process of rebuilding their depleted farm system beginning on Thursday.
Track the Angels' picks here:
According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the most obvious and glaring need for the Los Angeles Angels is pitching.
To that end, they'll likely be going after pitchers at the collegiate level who have the potential to move quickly through the system.
With that said, they went the opposite route with their first pick in the second of the MLB draft, selecting high school hurler Hunter Green.
Green was outstanding in his senior year, posting a minuscule 0.14 ERA while striking out 110 batters in 51.2 innings. Opposing hitters managed just a .096 batting average against him.
For the Angels it was clearly a solid choice—Green was listed as the No. 40 overall top prospect on Bleacher Report expert Mike Rosenbaum's MLB Draft Big Board, and the sixth-best left-handed pitcher.
MLB.com' s Jonathan Mayo had Green listed as the No. 48 overall top prospect in his list as well.
With pitching being the main priority for the Los Angeles Angels, they'll likely use their third-round pick to that end as well.
That's exactly what they did, selecting Lane Community College right-hander Kenyan Middleton.
This was definitely a bit of a reach for the Angels—Baseball America listed Middleton as the No. 319 prospect overall within their top 500.
He brings athleticism to the table, also starring as a point guard for Lane's basketball team as well. Middleton has a four-pitch repertoire with a fastball that that can touch mid-90s.
There's a chance that Middleton could opt to try to advance to Division I basketball, but he could change his mind with his somewhat surprising third-round selection.
This could well be a cost-savings sign for the Angels, as Middleton is a raw talent who will likely take years to develop.
The Angels continued their focus on arms with the selection of Elliot Morris in the fourth round.
Morris has already had Tommy John surgery and has gradually made his way back. This spring, Morris was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball.
According to Prospect Insider, Morris has a smooth and easy delivery with a developing slider. It's clear by now that the Angels are looking to reload with pitchers, and they're not afraid to take a chance on fringy-type pitchers that need further development.
Expect the Los Angeles Angels to again be on the lookout for safe, projectable college picks in the earlier rounds.
With the 157th pick in the fifth round, the Angels will still have the ability to select a player who could still make an impact at the major league level.
They may have found one with Kyle McGowin.
McGowin will absolutely sign—he wasn't drafted out of high school and obviously improved his draft stock with his impressive showing at Savannah State. In fact, he's now the highest draft pick ever out of the Georgia school.
According to Baseball America, McGowin has a solid repeatable delivery and has learned to use both his two and four-seam fastballs with effectiveness.
McGowin posted a 12-2 record and 2.02 ERA in 15 starts this spring for Savannah State, striking out 135 batters in 121 innings.
Considering the relative of pitchers in the Angels' farm system, McGowin will have plenty of opportunity to quickly prove himself and rise through the ranks.
Round 6, Pick 187: Harrison Cooney, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast University, FL (6'3", 200)
Round 7, Pick 217: Garrett Nuss, RHP, Seminole State, FL (6'1", 180)
Round 8, Pick 247: Nate Smith, LHP, Furman University, SC (6'3", 200)
Round 9, Pick 277: Stephen McGee, C, Florida St, FL (6'3", 225)
Round 10, Pick 307: Grant Gordon, RHP, Missouri State, MO (6'0", 175)
Round 11, Pick 337: Jonah Wesley, LHP, Tracy HS, CA (6'2", 205)
Round 12, Pick 367: Blake Goins, RHP, Pearland HS, TX (6'0", 195)
Round 13, Pick 397: Angel Rosa, SS, Alcorn St, MS (6'2", 190)
Round 14, Pick 427: Riley Good, CF, University of Texas - San Antonio, TX (6'0", 185)
Round 15, Pick 457: Chad Hinshaw, CF, Illinois St, IL (6'1", 205)
Round 16, Pick 487: Ryan Etsell, RHP, Hillsborough CC, FL (
Round 17, Pick 517: Cal Towey, 3B, Baylor University, TX (6'1, 210")
Round 18, Pick 547: Garrett Cannizaro, 3B, Tulane, LA (6'0", 180)
Round 19, Pick 577: Cole Swanson, LHP, Concordia Unversity, CA (6'5", 200)
Round 20, Pick 607: Brian Loconsole, RHP, Western Illinois U, IL (6'1", 215)
Round 21, Pick 637: Alex Allbritton, SS, University of New Mexico, NM (6'2", 185)
Round 22, Pick 667: Trevor Foss, RHP, Texas A&M, TX (6'3")
Round 23, Pick 697: Matt Hernandez, LHP, Houston, TX (6'2", 195)
Round 24, Pick 727: Mark Shannon, CF, U Nevada Las Vegas, NV (6'0", 185)
Round 25, Pick 757: Alan Busenitz, RHP, Kennesaw State, GA (6'1", 180)
Round 26, Pick 787: Jon Pellant, SS, Ohio State University, OH (5'10", 175)
Round 27, Pick 817: Nathan Goro, SS, Oral Roberts, OK (6'0", 185)
Former Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah was a 34th-round pick back in 2004.
Round 28, Pick 847: Miguel Hermosillo, CF, Ottawa Township HS, IL (5'9", 189)
Round 29, Pick 877: Michael Smith, RHP, Dallas Baptist University, TX (6', 182)
Round 30, Pick 907: Cambric Moye, C, UNC Greensboro, NC (6'2", 205)
Round 31, Pick 937: Taylor Johnson, RF, Furman University, SC (6'2", 200)
Round 32, Pick 967: Michael Fish, CF, Siena College, NY (6'1", 190)
Round 33, Pick 997: Colin O'Keefe, LHP, Virginia Tech, VA (6'1", 195)
Round 34, Pick 1,027: Eric Aguilera, RF, Illinois State, IL (6'2", 210)
Round 35, Pick 1,057: Eric Weiss, C, Texas A&M U Corpus Christi, TX (6'1", 195)
Round 36, Pick 1,087: Brandon Bavardi, LF, UNLV, NV (6'2", 210)
Round 37, Pick 1,117: Alexander Blackford, RHP, Arizona State, AZ (5'11", 190)
Round 38, Pick 1,147: Clint Sharp, RHP, University of Texas-San Antonio, TX (6'2", 195)
Round 39, Pick 1,177: Dan Tobik, RHP, U Tennessee Martin, TN (6'4", 195)
Round 40, Pick 1,207: Ben Carlson, RHP, Furman University, SC (6'3", 215)