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Anaheim signs younger Kotchman

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PROVO — Father-and-son outings are immensely popular in Utah County, so it's fitting that Larry H. Miller Field could stage a baseball-oriented father-and-son outing of its own later this summer.

Not long before the Provo Angels defeated the Idaho Falls Padres, 15-4, on Thursday night, Provo's parent club, the Anaheim Angels, announced it had agreed to terms with its 18-year-old first-round draft pick (No. 13 overall), Casey Kotchman.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound first baseman out of Seminole (Fla.) High School is the son of Provo manager Tom Kotchman, who acted as Casey's agent during contract negotiations. The younger Kotchman will be assigned to rookie-level Mesa of the Arizona Summer League.

Donny Rowland, Anaheim's director of scouting, says there's a good chance Tom and Casey will be reunited in Provo this season, depending on how well Casey performs in Mesa.

Rowland described the prolonged negotiations with Tom Kotchman, a longtime member of the Angel organization, and his son as "awkward" but not acrimonious.

Said Rowland, "In my 12 years of scouting, I've never been involved in drafting a player with whom the organization has as much history as the Angels do with Casey. Casey and his family have been part of the Angels' family for most of his life, and many people in the organization have seen him play since he was very young."

Time will tell if Angel fans will see Casey Kotchman in Provo Field this summer.

The Angels scored five runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the sixth against Idaho Falls as part of a game that lasted three hours and 15 minutes.

Provo improved to 2-0 (31-9 overall) in the second half of the Pioneer League season. The Padres fell to 0-2.

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