Will Mark Lowe Help Los Angeles Angels’ Bullpen?
Lowe was let go by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week after a dismal Spring Training with the team. The right-hander posted a 4.15 earned run average with six strikeouts, three walks and one blown save in 8.2/3 innings.
Just because Lowe did not pitch exactly how the Dodgers had expected he would, he still believes that it was a solid spring. “I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, there are just a lot of guys over there, a lot of arms.” Lowe told Angels.com.
The Dodgers may have an abundance of relievers on their 40-man roster, but the Angels would like nothing more than to add one more quality arm to theirs. Of course, there is no guarantee that Lowe will win a spot on the 25-man roster before Opening Day.
With that being said, Los Angeles intends to give him every opportunity between now and April 1 to prove that he belongs on the Major League roster.
“He has a power arm, and if he throws to his capabilities, there’s no doubt he can help us in our bullpen,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. “What role remains to be seen, but we’ll get a look at him in the Freeway Series and see if his talent shows up, because he has a terrific arm.”
The 29-year old went 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 36 appearances for the Texas Rangers last season. The Angels would like to see his career 3.94 ERA come down a bit in 2013, but other than that, they are confident in what they have acquired.
I believe Lowe is the best option available for the last spot in the bullpen. He has proven talent, and his veteran presence will do wonders for the team throughout the season.