Good, Sharp agree to terms with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
LOS ANGELES — Riley Good and Clint Sharp agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the organization announced in a press release on Friday night.
Both players already have reported to the organization's spring training facility in Tempe, Ariz., and completed their physicals. The pair will be assigned to a minor league affiliate in the upcoming days.
Good, who just completed his junior season with the Roadrunners, was chosen with the 21st pick in the 14th round (427th overall) by the American League club earlier this month during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
"This is a great opportunity," Good said. "I am grateful that the Angels believed in me enough to draft me this year. I cannot thank Coach (Jason) Marshall and the rest of the staff enough for what they have done for me these past three years. Coming from a small high school, I knew I was going to have to work hard in college because I wasn't a big-time name. I believed in myself that I had the ability to make it to this point and Coach Marshall gave me that opportunity to pursue my dream."
The Grandview native was a 2013 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) second-team outfielder who set the table for the league's top offensive club this past spring. He was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team and he led the league with six triples. The 6-foot, 185-pounder paced UTSA with 251 at-bats, 50 runs and 11 stolen bases in addition to hitting .335 (84-for-251) with 11 doubles, a pair of home runs and 33 RBIs. He ended the season on a career-long 18-game hitting streak.
Good hit .339 (204-for-602) during his three-year career and was named a Freshman All-American in 2011. He holds the program's freshman record with 86 hits and is tied for ninth in school annals with 10 triples and 35 stolen bases and ranks 10th with 204 hits.
"We are definitely going to miss Riley," Marshall said after learning Good decided to forgo his senior season in the Alamo City. "He was the top guy in our order, so we are going to have our hands full replacing him. Riley also has such a glowing tool, one that you cannot teach, which is his ability to run. He can beat out a lot of ground balls that are routine outs on most guys. We were fortunate to have had him in the program for the last three seasons."
Meanwhile, Sharp agreed to terms after being drafted for the second time during his collegiate career. The local product out of Churchill High School was selected in the 38th round (1,147th overall) two weeks ago and previously was picked in the 44th round (1,332nd overall) by the New York Mets in 2011 after a year at Howard (Texas) College.
"I am thankful for the opportunity presented by the Angels to keep playing baseball at the professional level," Sharp said. "This is something I have always dreamed about doing and I cannot wait to get started. I have to thank the coaching staff at UTSA for last two seasons and will never forget this past year, when we won the WAC Tournament Championship and went to Corvallis, Ore., for the NCAA Regional."
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder made 16 appearances on the mound this past season, including five starts, and went 0-2 with an 8.57 ERA. He struck out 21 hitters in his 34.2 innings of work.
Sharp pitched in 39 contests (seven starts) during his two years as a Roadrunner and logged a total of 105 stanzas on the mound.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Clint to continue his career," Marshall said. "He was the most projectable pitcher we had on our staff this past spring with his arm strength and velocity. He has all of the tools and the pitches to be successful. He also has the frame of a pitcher that can have success in professional baseball. We wish him the best and will follow his progress."
The duo will join former teammate Ryan Dalton in the Angels organization. Dalton, who was an 18th-round pick (567th overall) a year ago, moved from third base to catcher and has appeared in two games with the organization's Triple-A team, Salt Lake Bees, this spring after seeing action in 29 contests for the Rookie-level AZL Angels last summer.