Arredondo redux: prospects shifting to mound

Schlichting in his previous incarnation

The Angels today announced that two position players who have spent more than a month on the Cedar Rapids disabled list will restart their careers on the pitching mound. Both will report to Arizona this week.

Third baseman Travis Schlichting and outfielder Warner Madrigal, who are both in their fourth seasons at or below Low-A ball, are headed back to square one in Tempe, Arizona, where they will begin a conversion to pitching.

Schlichting, 21, was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2003 draft out of Round Rock (TX) High School where he pitched alongside Rangers prospect John Danks. When the Devil Rays drafted him, he decided to bypass a scholarship offer from Baylor where he would have played both ways.

The 6'4" right hander flashed one of the strongest infield arms in the Midwest League last year for West Michigan. The Angels acquired him in exchange for catcher Josh Paul during the offseason and sent him back to Low-A.

Schlichting was having his best offensive season so far, hitting .242 with a .356 on-base percentage and .404 slugging percentage when he went down with a sprained MCL on May 25.

Madrigal, 22, originally signed as a 17-year-old free agent in the Dominican Republic back in 2001 and spent the next two years in the DSL. His stateside debut was shortcircuited in 2003 when a pitch broke his hand on opening day.

Madrigal was hitting .242 through 99 at-bats when, on June 12, he went on the DL after he was again hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Madrigal has collected 12 outfield assists in 109 games in the last season-and-a-half for the Kernels.

The Angels have recent precedence to back up the move. In 2004, they moved struggling shortstop Jose Arredondo to the mound. Just two years later, Arredondo was the starting All-Star pitcher for the California League.

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