Under general manager James Click, the Houston Astros picked one left-handed pitcher and seven right-handed pitchers in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft, each of them from the college level, suggesting that maybe there’s a certain profile that the Astros braintrust is drawn to.
Right-handed hurler Mack Anglin of Clemson fits that profile for the Astros.
Despite being from the tiny city of Marengo, Ohio, the right-hander is making a big name for himself on the mound.
A versatile athlete out of Highland High School, Anglin was named the Gatorade Player of the Year, a Perfect Game All-American, three time all-state baseball selection, scored over a 1,000 career points in basketball and lettered four times in both sports.
Coming out of high school, Perfect Game rated Anglin the No. 1 player in Ohio and the No. 45 player overall nationally, No. 17 best right-hander and designated a rating of 10.
For those not familiar with the Perfect Game Player Rating System, a ’10’ is defined as a “potential very high draft pick and/or elite level college prospect”.
Anglin’s fastball topped out at 93 mph which was in the 98th percentile at the time, but has since reached 96 as his body has developed.
Physically mature with a projectable frame, solid build and strength in his lower half, Anglin is listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, having put on 25 pounds since high school.