In an attempt to stabilize their bullpen, the Los Angeles Angels called up right-hander Cam Bedrosian from AA Arkansas last week.
The former first round pick of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft over the past couple of years has risen up the ranks in the Angels’ minor league system as one of their top prospects. Entering the 2014 season, Bedrosian was ranked as 10th best prospect for the Halos by Baseball America, and has played at an elite level this year with the Class A-Advanced and AA, as he had a 1-1 record with a 1.12 ERA and 45 strikeouts in just 24.0 innings pitched.
That high level of play rightfully earned him a promotion to the majors last week. In the three games that he has played he has a 7.36 ERA with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. Although his ERA is a bit high given that one of his appearances he allowed three runs and four walks in two-thirds of an inning of work, Bedrosian has a lot of potential to become a reliable arm in the Angels’ bullpen for years to come. He showed what he could bring the team as he pitched two shutout innings with just one hit allowed in Tuesday’s extra inning 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.
With all this said, the Angels must continue to deploy Bedrosian and see how he performs in his next handful of appearances, with Dane De La Rosa nearing his return to the team from his forearm injury. Los Angeles appears to have plenty of confidence in the young right-hander, as manager Mike Scioscia had stated at the time of his call up that he was “ready” for the major league level. Ultimately what this all comes down to is Bedrosian demonstrating that he belongs in the majors, as the Halos will look to continue to give him a opportunities to prove himself. The 22 year old has the talent, it is a just a matter of him putting it all together.