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Angels take Cook's Cowart

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ADEL, GA (WALB) -  If the Texas Rangers thought Cook High P-3B Kaleb Cowart would wait until the 22nd pick in the first round,  they were wrong.

The Los Angeles Angels select Cowart with the 18th pick in the first round.

The pre-draft boards had Cowart possibly going 15th to the Rangers who also had a second first round pick at number 22.

The Angels draft the player who is perhaps the most versatile in the draft.

Cowart was coveted by many teams as a pitcher with a fastball clocked in the mid to upper 90's.

Cowart also played short and third for the Hornets and as a switch hitter batted .654 with 11 homeruns and stole 36 bases in 36 attempts in his senior season.

The Gatorade High School Player of the Year let it be known that he would like to be a position player and the Angels announced Cowart as a third baseman in their selection.

Kaleb Cowart said.  "Overall I'd rather play. I'd rather be given the chance to play because I like to play day in and day out and I just I don't mind pitching but I'd definitely rather play because it's everyday and I love to play the game and I have a passion for the game."

Cowart is the fourth player from Georgia who was selected in the first 18 picks.

Delino Deshields, Jr., son of former major league star Delino Deshields, was taken by the Astros at #8.

Georgia Tech pitcher Deck McGuire was taken at number 11 by Toronto and Blessed Trinity outfielder Jake Skole was selected by Texas.


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