Los Angeles Angels 2014 Spring Training Profile: Clay Rapada

By Bob Garcia IV
Clay Rapada
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Entering the 2014 Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, veteran relief pitcher Clay Rapada has his eyes set on making the Los Angeles Angels‘ Opening Day roster.

The 32 year old has spent most of his professional career splitting time between the majors and minors, which includes being a part of four different organizations over the past four years. Last season, Rapada signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians, in which he played in just four games in majors with a 0.00 ERA in two innings pitched. However, he spent most of the season in their minor league system where he had a 2.14 ERA with 24 strikeouts, two saves in 33.2 innings pitched.

Although Rapada has only played in 152 major league games over his entire career, a solid Spring Training with the Halos could be the jump-start that he needs to make a major league roster. What could also help his case is that entering this past offseason, the Los Angeles were in need of pitching help, as they ranked at the bottom of the league in several important statistical pitching categories.

So with that said, Rapada could possibly earn an Opening Day roster spot if he can demonstrated that he can be a viable arm out of the bullpen this Spring Training. And unlike many of the pitchers on the Angels’ pitching staff, he has plenty of experience pitching professionally, which he could use to his advantage if proves to be reliable.

Ultimately, the left-hander has a golden opportunity to return to the majors with his hopes set on it being on a long-term basis. But in order for him to make that scenario come true, he must show that with his arm this upcoming Spring Training.

Bob Garcia is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him Twitter @Bgarcia90,  “Like” him on Facebook , or add him  to your network on Google.

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