By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
June 10, 2009
Angelo Songco grew up in Van Nuys, a secretive Angel follower in Dodger country, yet always eager to get down the freeway to Dodger Stadium. His family later moved to Granada Hills and he played high school baseball at Alemany High before playing at Loyola Marymount, where he hit from the start. He carried the success over to the Cape Cod League last summer and into this season, where his power to all fields drew the attention of national-level scouts.
He worked out for the Dodgers, Mariners, Padres and Diamondbacks at their respective major league parks before the draft. He also worked out locally for the St. Louis Cardinals. After his workout at Dodger Stadium, Songco thought his chances of playing for the team closest to him were shot.
“After the workout, it was ‘good luck,’ and I thought that was all. I thought it would be Arizona or Seattle. When the draft started, those were the teams I was waiting for. I thought Arizona would be a great fit, too. I didn’t see the Dodgers coming. I think it’s a great fit and I can’t wait to get started. I really like that I get to play for that organization.”
Songco came up as a center fielder and hopes he gets a chance to play there as a pro, but suspects that a corner position is in his future. “I still see myself as a center fielder just because it’s where I played all along,” he said. “But in reality, I’m probably going to end up playing a corner.”