Cam Bedrosian, RHP, Reliever
Let's get the "important stuff" out of the way really quick. His father, Steve, was the 1987 National League Cy Young Award winner, and Cam was a first round pick in 2010. Okay, now to the real important stuff. Cam Bedrosian is not his father, Cam Bedrosian is his own pitcher, and he's pretty darn good at it. The 2011 season was lost to Tommy John surgery, but the Angels gave him those innings back putting him in the Low-A rotation for the 2012 season. It didn't work well, but he's back to being a reliever, and that's working just fine.
Almost every pitching coach will tell you the same thing, "work fast, throw strikes, get outs" with maybe a few profane words in between the commas. If Bedrosian can work on the throw strikes part, he would be a pitching coaches dream.
Bedrosian has trouble with control, it's not hard to see. He walks nearly five per nine, and with the movement of his pitches has trouble keeping the ball over the plate. Of course, Bedrosian is a young man who is coming off of Tommy John surgery. His control may never be great, but it will improve.
Bedrosian throws from a 4/5 arm slot, where three of his four pitches come from. He has good balance in his delivery which is a high kick but short-arm delivery that not only hides the ball well, but also holds runners.
Bedrosian's fastball is a plus as it has a late upward movement to it. Many coaches call this a "chase" fastball since most batters think it will have a sinking as opposed to an upward break. It also helps that Bedrosian has started to fully recover from Tommy John and can throw it in the mid to upper 90's. More times than none, his fastball sits at 95 miles per hour, not much higher, not much lower. Sometimes, Bedrosian kicks back for just a little more "oomph" and it will hit all the way up to 97.
The only similarity to Cam and his father are their last name, and their sliders. Bedrosian's slider is already at the Major League level. It breaks similar to a slurve, with a late dropping motion, but has outstanding movement in the 85-87 MPH range.
As for Bedrosian's two other pitches. He has a sweeping curve that matches most college players, and a changeup that is pretty standard. Combined, he throws these pitches around 5-10% of the time depending on the game.
Bedrosian's first full season out of the draft and out of surgery was a lack luster season. He started in all of his 21 appearances, posting a 6.31 earned run average and 1.730 WHIP, including a higher walk ratio than strikeouts (5.7 BB/9, 5.2 K/9).
It looked almost as if Bedrosian would have the same numbers and struggles in 2013 being a starter once again. In his first two games, Bedrosian allowed 14 runs in five innings. He was moved to a reliever after nearly a week off, and became the first round pitcher that the Angels have wanted since 2010. His season totals of a 5.30 earned run average and 1.42 WHIP do not say at all how his 2013 went. As a reliever in Low-A, Bedrosian statistics as a reliever were All-Star numbers: 3.28 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 2.91 BB/9, 12.0 K/9.
Bedrosian spent this past October and November in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a 2.89 earned run average, 0.75 WHIP, and held batters to a .156 batting average while striking out nearly 13 per nine.
EXPECTED OF THE FUTURE:
It's become pretty obvious that Bedrosian has no spot in the rotation, and will be a reliever the rest of his days. With that said, Bedrosian has earned his spot in High-A for 2014. If Bedrosian can keep up with the competition, he's actually on spot to progress at the rate he was supposed to out of the draft. More than likely, he'll spend an entire season in High-A out of 2014 Spring Training, with a potential callup to Double-A near the end of the season.
Bedrosian will be a reliever for the Angels one day with the talent he currently has. His estimated time of arrival from InsideTheHalos and our voters is late 2016, and could have a full-time role in the Angels latter end of the bullpen in 2017.
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