Pitchers and catchers have reported, and some fans have no idea who some of the non-roster invitees are. We give you a brief look at each pitcher that reported this week that is not on the Los Angeles Angels 40-Man Roster.
Yeiper Castillo, RHP, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, September 6, 1988
Since coming to America from Venezuela, he's added 30 pounds of mostly muscle which helped with his velocity which sits around 92 MPH. He has a decent curveball that needs to be more consistent. His changeup is his best pitch and is very deceptive but is left in the zone far too often. Some time with the big club over Spring Training. His numbers have stayed steady in the minor leagues with an average 3.57 earned run average and 1.274 WHIP. The Angels would like to see him in the Salt Lake bullpen out of Spring Training.
Hunter Green, LHP, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds, July 12, 1995
The first pick from last year's draft has shown incredible growth since being drafted. His fastball has picked up velocity and his off-speed pitches have improved a ton. He needs to find better command of his pitches, but he's still young. Burlington is a possible option for Green out of Spring Training.
Jarrett Grube, RHP, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, November 5, 1981
He's become a starter who will need to show he belongs in baseball. He's 32-years-old who has yet to see a Major League mound. He has three pitches that are all sub par. Grube will either be a make it or break it kind of guy over Spring.
Wade LeBlanc, LHP, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, August 7, 1984
LeBlanc was another left-handed pickup over the off-season. The Angels are prepping to battle against some tough left-handed bats in the AL West, and LeBlanc could be a big help in that department. He knows how to pitch at a Major League level but has fallen from grace over the past few years. LeBlanc could be a 25-man guy come Opening Day, but it'd be specifically as a lefty specialist.
Brandon Lyon, RHP, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, August 10, 1979
A late off-season pickup, Lyon adds depth to the Angels bullpen. He's been a pretty decent reliever over his Major League career. Nothing special, but can find ways to get the job done. Lyon could be a guy that is a steal for the Angels at a low-risk quality signing.
Mike Morin, RHP, 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, May 3, 1991
A breakout season in 2013 with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League earned Morin a Spring Training invite. Morin locates the ball wherever he pleases. He mixes his pitches well, particularly his chase low 90's fastball, and outstanding changeup. Morin won't make the Major Leagues out of Spring Training, but he has the talent and abilities to make the show in 2014. Spring Training will give Angels fans and coaches a good look at if Morin is ready for such a task at such a young age (turns 23-years-old in May).
Mark Mulder, LHP, 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, August 5, 1977
Mark Mulder, we all know the name. Mulder has changed his delivery to attempt a new style of deceptiveness. Mulder's fastball now sits in the high 80's but his command is flawless. Mulder is expected to make the Angels rotation out of Spring Training, but he is humble enough to develop (odd to say, right?) in Triple-A for some time. Scouts have said Mulder is Major League ready and with a minor league contract, could be a big asset to the Angels 2014 campaign.
Clay Rapada, LHP, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, March 9, 1981
Rapada is another left-handed depth chart off-season signing. He showed promise in recent years as a strong competitor in a hitter's ballpark. He's coming off a shoulder injury that took most of his 2013 season. Rapada could come back strong and be a big pickup for the Angels Major League bullpen.
Probably the strongest campaign from any of the Angels pitching prospects in 2013 was Mark Sappington. Sappington has a high 90's fastball and a pair of above par off-speed pitches. Sappington has slight trouble controlling his fastball, but has shown promise in developing it well, and lowering his walk count. Sappington spends his off-season in the gym, which makes you wonder if he'll pick up velocity on his pitches. The Angels would like to keep him as a starter, but he could grow in to a relief role, which could give Sappington Major League time in late 2014.
Justin Thomas, LHP, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, January 18, 1984
Thomas was picked up to add more depth (where have we heard that?) as a left-handed reliever. Thomas is another one of those guys who will have to prove he belongs this Spring Training, and was another low-risk signing.
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