Angels look to draft late-round gems

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The Angels won't be involved in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft until the second round, with pick No. 74 overall. They also own choices 105, 112 and 139 in the first four rounds. Despite the lack of early activity, management won't be complaining, and neither will fans.

The signing of free-agent center fielder Torii Hunter sent the club's first round pick (No. 27 overall) along with a compensation choice (No. 31 overall) to the Twins. Hunter has shown his value on the field in a wide range of ways, helping drive the Angels to the top of the American League West.

MLB.com will carry every pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, which takes place June 5-6 at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla. Day 1 coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET, with a simulcast of ESPN2's broadcast of the first round and compensation picks. The remaining rounds on Day 1 will be shown exclusively at MLB.com, with live analysis on site from MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo.

Several of the top amateur prospects are expected in attendance in Orlando for Day 1 of the Draft, and each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by front office executives and baseball luminaries. Fans are welcome to attend Day 1 of the Draft, and admission to The Milk House is free with seating limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Day 2 will get under way at 11:30 a.m. ET and continue through Round 50, if necessary. Every pick on Day 2 can be heard live at MLB.com.

Here's a glance at what the Angels have in store as the First-Year Player Draft approaches:

The Draft entails 50 rounds, and the Angels have been known to uncover their share of mid-to-late-round gems. The estimated slot bonus for the 27th overall pick in 2007 was about $1.2 million. The slot bonus for the 74th overall pick in 2007 was about $425,000. The Angels could spend in excess of $1 million on their second-round pick, equivalent to the bonus that a late first-rounder would command.

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