As the Los Angeles Angels are less than days away from the start of Spring Training, there will be plenty of players on the team’s non-roster invitees attempting to make their major league squad.
This is where reliever Mike Morin steps into the picture.
The 22-year-old right-hander was drafted by the Halos in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of North Carolina. Morin initially struggled at the rookie level of the minors in 2012, as he had a 4.93 ERA in 34.2 innings pitched in 24 appearances. In 2013, he took a huge step forward in his development as a pitcher, as he had a 3-3 record with a 1.93 ERA, 76 strikeouts, 0.943 WHIP, and 23 saves in 70.0 innings pitched in 56 appearances for the Halos’ Class A-Advanced and Double-AA levels of their farm system.
Morin’s improvements could not have come at a better time, as the Halos are looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2013 season that saw their pitching staff rank in the bottom of the league in several important pitching categories.
With that said, Morin could use a solid Spring Training to show that he ready for the majors or at least the Triple-A level. He is a viable arm in the Angels’ minor league system that the team will be likely be keeping a close eye on from here on out.
If Morin is able to further his development as a pitcher, it could possibly show the Halos that he can be a part of the future plans of the organization. The table is set for the young right-hander, all he must do is show what he can do on the mound in Spring Training.