Right-hander Jered Weaver came out of Long Beach State in 2004 as a projected No. 1 overall pick and was said to be "major league ready."
After falling to the Angels at 12th in the draft, Weaver held out for almost a year before signing a minor league deal with a $4 million bonus. He split last season between Class A and Double-A and also pitched in the Arizona Fall League.
However, those claims to being "major League ready" might have to be put on hold.
Weaver endured another rough outing on Tuesday, allowing two runs and five hits in two innings pitched. Entering the game, Weaver had walked four batters, hit a batter and thrown a wild pitch in 3 2/3 innings.
“I had a lot of confidence going into this season,” Weaver confided. “I try to do everything one pitch at a time and keep my mind squarely on that thought pattern."
Instead of joining his brother Jeff Weaver in an Angels uniform to begin the year, Jered will likely be placed in Triple-A with the Salt Lake Bees.
Angels hitting instructor Mickey Hatcher attempted to visit former teammate Kirby Puckett in a Scottsdale hospital earlier this week before the Hall of Famer passed away. However, Hatcher was told Puckett was not seeing visitors.
"I remember his first day," Hatcher said. "Here's this big round guy and I told him 'Play the game hard and people will love you.'"