Angels seek southern comfort in draft

Apparently, Angels scouts spent a lot of time in the state of Georgia, because their first three picks in Monday's draft were all high-school players from the Peach State.

Their top pick at No. 18 overall, Kaleb Cowart of Cook County High is a third baseman and right-handed pitcher (whom the Angels drafted to play third). The next pick at No. 29 is right-handed pitcher Cam Bedrosian of East Coweta High and the third at No. 30 overall is Chevez Clark of Marietta High. Bedrosian is the son of ex-Braves reliever Steve Bedrosian

Cowart, who has a scholarship on the table from Florida State, is no lock to sign. Word is he is seeking $3 million. He must be pretty good: He compared himself to Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, a likely future Hall of Famer. Like Jones, Cowart is a switch hitter.

"I think one day I can be as good as that," Cowart said. "I hope to mature into as great a baseball player as he is."

ESPN.com's Keith Law listed Cowart as the No. 14 overall prospect in the draft. Some teams were interested in drafting Cowart as a pitcher, but he made it clear he wanted to get a chance to be an everyday player first. He batted .640 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs.

"Say in a couple of years, it's not working out and I'm struggling, I could always move out to the mound," Cowart said.