Beverly's Brown drafted by Angels

Spencer Brown

Lefthanded hitting power can be the toughest thing to find in baseball.

The Los Angeles Angels came all the way across the country to try to find some — selecting Beverly native Spencer Brown in the 39th round of this year's Major League draft.

Brown, who at this time last year was MVP of the Northeastern Conference and was leading Beverly High to the state finals, played this past season at Northern Essex Community College. He put up ridiculous offensive numbers, hitting .486 while being among the national junior college leaders in home runs with 17.

The tear through the spring that included 34 extra base hits, 52 RBI and a nearly impossible 1.000 slugging percentage caught the attention of the Angels, who used their 1,171st pick to nab Brown, who also pitched for both the Panthers and Knights and stole 30 bases this year.

With another year of junior college eligibility, Brown (who turns 20 in July) could join one of LA's minor league affiliates in the coming weeks or opt not to sign. In that case, he could play another year at Northern Essex and potentially be drafted again in 2020.