The Angels have announced their Opening Day roster. Darren O’Day makes the leap from Double-A to join the Angels bullpen. Moving up from Triple-A are relievers Jason Bulger and Rich Thompson.
Dustin Moseley returns to the starting rotation. Nick Adenhart will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.
The minor league affiliates should be able to announce their rosters today or tomorrow. Soon as we know anything official, I’ll have it here.
You’ll need a subscription to read the article, but the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has a lengthy article on the Angels’ minor league pitchers, focusing in particular on Nick Adenhart and Nick Green.
The article concludes:
Angels director of player development Abe Flores said the organization, long known for producing quality, versatile middle infielders, now is about to see a wave of young pitchers come through the ranks.
Players like Adenhart and Green, as well as former Travs Darren O’Day and Kasey Olenberger, who have made a bid to join the Angels’ bullpen, are the beginning of that wave, General Manager Tony Reagins said.
“We think that we can build some depth in the organization. We have some young kids that are exciting,” Reagins said. “Some of those kids were in camp earlier and the candidates that we have internally, Green, Adenhart, Olenberger, we’re optimistic. Hopefully we can get Escobar and Lackey back so those kids can continue to develop.”
Flores said continuity is one of the reasons the young pitchers have continued to develop as they have climbed the minor league ranks.
“All of our [roving pitching coaches] spend enough time in major league camp and are in constant contact with our major league staff that we’re uniform in our philosophy,” Flores said. “Nobody ever sits back scratching their head wondering ‘What are they doing up there?’ There is none of that. That’s been completely eliminated.”
The last paragraph is rather amusing, as occasionally I see some self-declared experts on Angels fan sites who claim there’s no communication at all between the Player Development staff and the parent club’s coaching staff.
The Quakes have an exhibition game Tuesday evening against Azusa Pacific University. I’m told the games will be webcast. If it is, I’ll have the webcast link on the FutureAngels.com home page.