Report: Angels calling up 2023 1st-rounder Schanuel 40 days after draft

Report: Angels calling up 2023 1st-rounder Schanuel 40 days after draft

The Los Angeles Angels are calling up 2023 first-round pick Nolan Schanuel after the first base prospect played 21 professional games in the minors since being selected 11th overall last month, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Debuting at rookie level and making it as high as Double-A, Schanuel hit .370/.510/.493 across three minor-league levels with one homer, 15 RBIs, and two stolen bases.

The 21-year-old was seen as a top slugger in the draft class, posting a 1.438 OPS over 59 games with 19 homers and 14 steals with Florida Atlantic as a junior this year.

It’s relatively rare for a player to make the majors the same year they’re drafted, and Schanuel is the fastest since the Chicago White Sox drafted Garrett Crochet 11th overall in 2020 before calling him up the following September in a key relief role. The lefty never made an appearance in the minors.

By days since being drafted, Schanuel is one of the fastest players ever to make the majors, needing only 40 since July 9. The last U.S.-born player to make his MLB debut within 40 days of being drafted was Jerry Don Gleaton in 1979, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

The Angels make the move amid a difficult stretch while trying to stay in the AL wild-card hunt. They’re currently seven games back of the Toronto Blue Jays, who occupy the third and final wild-card spot in the Junior Circuit. They’d also have to leapfrog the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and division-rival Seattle Mariners.

Schanuel will likely play either first base or designated hitter, potentially taking away playing time from trade-deadline acquisition C.J Cron, who’s 10-for-46 with one homer over 14 games since joining the Halos.

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