Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron will participate in the Arizona Fall League. (Getty Images)
Double-A Arkansas first baseman C.J. Cron
was among eight Angels prospects listed on the preliminary rosters for the 2013 Arizona Fall League season Tuesday.
Infielder Taylor Lindsey, catcher Jett Bandy, outfielder Zach Borenstein and pitchers R.J. Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Mike Morin and Michael Roth are the other Angels scheduled to play for the Mesa Solar Sox. Bill Richardson, who is currently managing the Angels’ Pioneer League affiliate in Orem, Utah, will manage the club.
Roth made his major-league debut earlier this season and has appeared in 15 games (one start) with the Angels. Cron entered the 2013 season as the Angels’ third-ranked prospect by Baseball America, Lindsey seventh and Alvarez eighth. Borenstein was recently named MVP of the California League and sang the national anthem at an Inland Empire 66ers game.
The Mesa roster will be comprised of prospects from the Angels, A’s, Cubs, Nationals and Tigers organizations and will play its home games at Hohokam Stadium. The Arizona Fall League season begins Oct. 8.
Michael Roth has four made consecutive scoreless relief appearances for the Angels. (Getty Images)
Just as Michael Roth is figuring things out as a reliever, his future as a starting pitcher might get in the way.
There’s no question the Angels have a decision to make on their second-round draft pick from a year ago, whose scoreless inning Sunday marked his fourth straight appearance without allowing a run. “I’ve been on time, rhythm wise,” he said.
Yet the 23-year-old left-hander was drafted as a starting pitcher out of the University of South Carolina, and that’s how he has been used during his brief time in the minors.
The Angels have used 20 pitchers this season and could soon hand the ball to a 21st.
One day after he allowed four runs in two innings in a spot start against the Kansas City Royals, Barry Enright was designated for assignment. That allowed the Angels to select the contract of Triple-A right-hander Billy Buckner and add him to the major-league roster Thursday.
The Angels also optioned Michael Roth to Double-A Arkansas and recalled Ryan Brasier from Triple-A Salt Lake for the second time this season.
When Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson was placed on the bereavement list Monday, it was guaranteed that he would miss at least one start. That’s because major-league rules dictate that any player on the bereavement list must miss at least three days and at most seven.
Today is Hanson’s third day on the bereavement list and rookie Michael Roth is starting for the Angels against the Texas Rangers.
Assuming the Angels’ other four starters take their normal turn in the rotation, Hanson’s spot would not come up again until next Monday in Oakland. Even if Hanson misses the maximum seven days, he’ll be back with the team by then.
However, it’s not guaranteed that Hanson would start the game.
Angels left-hander Michael Roth will become the first pitcher drafted in 2012 to start a major-league game on Wednesday. (Getty Images).
Manager Mike Scioscia threw a bit of a curveball Tuesday night, naming Michael Roth his starter for the rubber match of the Angels’ series against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.