The Angels have agreed to sign first-round pick Will Wilson, per a team announcement. Wilson will receive $3.4MM, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. That falls short of the $3,885,800 recommended slot value for Wilson’s selection (No. 15).
Wilson’s a shortstop from North Carolina State who was considered a consensus top 25 prospect entering the draft. FanGraphs (No. 15), ESPN’s Keith Law (No. 19), MLB.com (No. 21) and Baseball America (No. 22) are each bullish on Wilson, who slashed .339/.429/.665 with 16 home runs in 221 at-bats during his final year at NC State.
In their free scouting report, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com write Wilson “has a high floor as a steady up-the-middle defender with surprising power.” He may not possess the speed to stick at short, though, and could end up as a second baseman in the pros.
The Angels went into the draft with just over $7.6MM to spend on picks, so the Wilson signing will unsurprisingly eat into a large portion of that total.