As a starting pitcher, Griffin Canning doesn’t usually have to “wait for the call.” Tonight, he didn’t have to wait very long for the call as he was drafted with the 47th overall pick by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
If he signs with the Angels and makes his way to the 25-man Major League roster with the team, it will be a homecoming for Canning because he hails from Coto de Caza in south Orange County.
The fact that Canning has completed his junior year in Westwood, was drafted by his hometown Angels and his draft position having a slot signing value of $1.5 million, Canning will almost certainly sign with the Halos.
While Canning could opt to return for his senior season with the hope that he would be taken in the first round next year, but that seems pretty unlikely. After all, he’s now the sixth Bruin pitcher to be drafted in the first or second round since John Savage became UCLA’s head coach in 2004.