07/02/10 11:23 PM ET
Halos come to terms with two Draft picks
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
The team announced on Friday the signing of two of their three first-round picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Cameron Bedrosian and switch-hitting center fielder Chevez "Chevy" Clarke, both Georgia natives. The two were taken with back-to-back picks at the end of the first round, at No. 29 and 30, respectively.
Terms of Bedrosian and Clarke's contracts were not disclosed. The Halos have not yet reached a deal with top pick Kaleb Cowart, an 18-year-old right-hander who is also from Georgia and was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He was taken at Nos. 18.
"Today is about Cameron," director of scouting Eddie Bane said. "He's an outstanding young pitcher that reminded me of Phil Hughes a lot. He throws hard, got a good breaking ball and has a lot better command than most high school pitchers would have. We're thrilled we got it done, and we know he is, too."
Bedrosian, the son of 1987 National League Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian, was born just days before the 1991 World Series, which Steve played in for the Twins. Cameron put on an Angels uniform on Friday, toured the clubhouse and threw a bullpen at Angel Stadium before watching the opener of a three-game series with the Royals.
"It was amazing," the younger Bedrosian said. "First of all, getting to sign today was a huge honor. Now I'm a professional player. But man, showing up at the ballpark, putting on the jersey, getting to walk on the field and meet with the players, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Unsurprisingly, Torii Hunter had a little fun with the teenager.
"He told me he wanted me to go get him a Gatorade and some sunflower seeds," Bedrosian said. "I know the drill. As a rookie, [you've] got to do it. So I did it for him. It's not too bad."
Bedrosian heads to Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday to start his pro career in rookie ball. Clarke, who was at Angel Stadium last week, is set to arrive in Tempe on Sunday. Steve Bedrosian played with Tempe's pitching coach, Trevor Wilson, with the Giants during the 1989-90 seasons.
"Total excitement. I'm really proud of him. He's worked real hard for this, and it paid dividends, finally, today," Steve Bedrosian said. "We as parents, and I as his pitching coach, are passing the baton to the Angels. I'm not going to be his pitching coach anymore, I'll still be dad and mom will still be mom, but we're putting him in the Angels' hands now ... I told [pitching coach Mike Butcher] in the bullpen, 'We're passing the baton to you now.'"
Cameron Bedrosian said he has played against both Cowart and Clarke, and considered facing Cowart a friendly rivalry. Both players talked to Bedrosian after the Draft, and he and Clarke are going to be roommates in Arizona.
As for Cowart, who is committed to Florida State, Bane said he talks to him often, but not about money.
"That'll happen when it's supposed to happen," Bane said. "We're going to sign him."
Rivera again out due to eye issue
ANAHEIM -- Juan Rivera was out of the Angels' lineup for a third consecutive game Friday night, as he's bothered by an ailment in his eye.
Rivera said his left eye was a little bloody, but neither Rivera, manager Mike Scioscia nor general manager Tony Reagins offered an official diagnosis. Rivera visited an eye doctor two days ago.
"Yeah, he saw an eye doctor. I don't know if I'm allowed to disclose everything on a personal basis, but, obviously, something is being treated," Scioscia said.
Scioscia said he was hopeful Rivera would not have to spend any time on the DL. The outfielder took early batting practice in addition to his regular pregame BP.
"It's a little better," Rivera said. "It's different between BP and the game."
Reagins said Rivera first was bothered by the eye in Chicago, where the Angels took two out of three against the Cubs from June 18 to 20. Scioscia and Reagins said the ailment was not baseball related.
"There's something going on with him physically," Reagins said.
"Obviously, when you're talking about vision issues for a hitter, you have to pay attention to it," Scioscia said. "But we don't think there's going to be -- hopefully it won't be too long."
Halos to have Bell stretch out to start
ANAHEIM -- The Angels sent Trevor Bell to Triple-A Salt Lake before Friday's nights game with the Royals so he could be stretched out as a starting pitcher. Right-handed reliever Rich Thompson, who appeared in a combined 22 games over the past three seasons, was recalled for the first time this year.
Angels general manager Tony Reagins said the move had been discussed for a few days.
"Rich Thompson's throwing the ball extremely well, definitely a guy I would think could contribute to what we need to do in our bullpen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"Trevor Bell really needs to go down and be on our depth chart as a starter. He needs to go down there and start getting stretched out and reestablish himself in our overall organizational rotation."
Bell was 1-1 with a 6.38 ERA in 14 appearances this season. He struck out 16 and walked four in 18 1/3 innings, allowing one home run. Twenty six of Bell's combined 30 appearances across Double-A, Triple-A and the Majors were starts last season.
Thompson, who appeared in a career-high 13 games for the Angels last season, was dominating the Pacific Coast League with a 1-1 record, 0.61 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 19 appearances. Opponents were hitting .177 off him with no home runs and 10 walks.
Bell has gone as many as three innings for the Angels this season, and could likely increase his pitch count quickly. Scioscia said Bell slots in as the seventh starter on the Angels' depth chart, behind the current five in the rotation and Sean O'Sullivan, who is being used as a reliever but made 10 starts in 12 appearances for the Halos last season.
"[Bell's] thrown 40 here before, so you probably get into the 50- to 60-pitch range, then see how he comes out of it, then maybe expand that to a 65-75 pitch outing," Scioscia said. "It shouldn't take too long to where he'd have enough pitches ... but it's going to take a couple weeks."
Thompson, who arrived before Friday night's game at Angel Stadium, had no decisions and a 5.12 ERA in 19 1/3 innings in the big leagues in 2009, when he struck out more than a batter per inning.
Scioscia: Every team doesn't need All-Star
ANAHEIM -- With the announcement of the 2010 All-Star Game rosters two days away, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said on Friday he is not a fan of Major League Baseball's rule that all 30 teams are represented by at least one player at the game.
Angel Stadium hosts the game on July 13.
"There's a strong sentiment from the Commissioner and from everyone, or from a lot of people, to have every team represented, and I have a contrary view of that," said Scioscia, who was named a coach for the American League team by the Yankees' Joe Girardi.
"If there's a team that doesn't have a legitimate All-Star representative who's having a year worthy of consideration, and another team has three guys that are certainly worthy of consideration, it's certainly wrong to penalize the one on the team that would've made it just because you have to take the one guy not worthy of an All-Star recognition."
Scioscia added he was in favor of guidelines to attempt to accommodate all teams, but not a hard-line rule.
At last count at the start of the week, no Angels position player was leading in vote totals at a starting position. Fan voting ended Wednesday, and rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on Sunday at 8 a.m. PT, capping the July 4 holiday. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.