Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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So, the first episode of Willy’s Wire on AngelsWin.com came and went. It was the first chance for the fans to pose their questions directly to the Angels Director of Scouting Ric Wilson (aka Willy). As we eagerly await our next update from him, let’s look back at some of the things we learned today.

First off, we learned that Ric Wilson is one class act. While on the road, he juggled his schedule to fit in a chat to talk with the fans. Considering that he is still getting himself established into his new position, preparing for this year’s draft, making some changes to the Angels’ scouting department, and crisscrossing the country, that says a lot about his dedication to the fans and the organization.

Second, we learned that an hour is still not enough time to get in all the questions! In our chat, we had 25 questions from 16 different people asked and answered. The queue was lined up with so many questions that getting to everyone was a challenge. Apparently the fans are ready for baseball after a long winter off—even if that means logging into a chat at 9 am!

Third, we learned that Willy’s had a hand in landing a lot of the current Angels’ talent, and he expects a big year out of several prospects. But, like Eddie Bane before him, Willy isn’t going to tip his hand too much about which way he’s looking for the first pick in 2011. We know it’s a deep draft and the scouting season is just underway, but we know he’ll get all the talent ranked and organized by draft day.

Lastly, we learned that there’s no place that the Angels won’t go this year to find their talent—even Wayne, Oklahoma (and don’t go asking about the ground rule doubles there!). They are boosting their international scouting division and will be aggressive around the globe to bring in premiere talent.

To read the entire transcript of today’s chat with Angels Scouting Director Ric Wilson, please click here.
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