2012 MLB Draft Signing Deadline: Under the Radar – AL West

With the draft signing deadline here and gone, we have taken to the final signings and are looking to see which of our draft tracker prospects fell to a zone that could make them absolute steals. Keep in mind that we are going way deep into the prospect and draft world here. Deep to the point that some of these players could become names the average fan will never ever here uttered. But we’re going to take a look at the AL West to start off and make it through the 6 leagues over the next few days because this is what makes this interesting.

Anyone can tell you that Joey Gallo is a powerhouse bat for the Rangers or that Mike Zunino has a shot at being a full time catcher with a excellent power/contact bat. As a matter of fact, we’ve already been there and done that. So now, you decide… “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” -Morpheus

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimLos Angeles Angels

Yency Almonte RHP 6/4/1994 - Almonte is a 6’3″ – 180lbs frame. He’s the younger brother of the Mariners Denny Almonte. His fastball sits in the low 90s already and he’s just growing into his frame. He also throws a fastball and slider combo which show potential. The Angels did well slipping him in down in the 17th round.

Oakland AthleticsOakland Athletics

Kris Hall RHP 6/8/1991 - Hall is a big right-hander with a fastball that jumped from 88 to the low 90s as he moved from the pen to the Friday Night Lights for Lee. He went 11-0 and racked up 115 K’s in 95 innings. He pairs the fastball with a wipe out slider in the mid 90s. It was enough to dominate NAIA hitters, but his changeup needs refinement and he’s far from a finished product. But sneaky upside this deep in the 8th round and just $137 k keeping the A’s with cash in the coffers for the big fish.

Seattle Mariners

Matt Brazis RHP 9/6/1989 – Brazis was a college senior from Boston College and despite seeing limited innings with the Golden Eagles his raw stuff got him drafted. He has a plus fastball at times in the 92-94 range with a slider mixed in. The secondary is average at best at this time, but Brazis has the raw stuff and size to work his way through the system as a bullpen arm.

Logan Seifrit RHP 8/25/1994 – Seifrit would have gone much higher in the draft if he had the frame to go along with the low 90s fastball and above average changeup. But he’s barely scraping 6′ and is almost 18. But the Canadian is a raw product with some pretty significant upside. It’s a long shot, but most 33rd rounders are.

Texas RangersTexas Rangers

Zach Brill LHP 2/10/1994 – Brill is a huge lefty at 6’6″ and 205 lbs. His scouting reports have his metal aptitude high and his game smarts up as well. He dropped due to Tommy John surgery this year but is already on the road back. The Rangers got a big lefty with a low 90s fastball with more velocity possible. He’s still a work in progress but the size and tools are there for a successful 31st round selection.

Of course there are plenty of late round selections that could move up the prospect charts, but these are the ones we followed closely heading into the draft and each fell further than they should have. We’ll have them on the radar and see where they are with their progress at the end of the season.

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