Cam Bedrosian will be a favorite target for those preferring not to pay top dollar for saves, and for good reason. The hard-throwing right-hander misses bats with regularity -- he's capable of fanning hitters at a double-digit per nine clip. However, there are some roadblocks: control, health and Huston Street. Walks have always been an issue, with last season's 3.1 BB/9 mark representing a major improvement over what the second-generation reliever registered at Triple-A and during previous stints in the majors. Bedrosian's 2016 season ended after a blood clot was discovered in his right arm while he was on the DL with finger tendinitis. However, he's supposed to be fully recovered from both in the spring. While Street has more experience closing games, he has been exhibiting declining skills. There's a good chance that if Bedrosian stays healthy and limits the free passes in Cactus League play, he'll open the season with ninth-inning duties.
Bedrosian threw a clean inning Friday, striking out two and walking none in a win over the Mariners. The hard-throwing righty has been dominant this spring, tossing six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to just one walk. With Huston Street (back) looking doubtful for the start of the season, Bedrosian is expected to open the year as the Angels' closer. If he can come anywhere close to last year's 1.12 ERA and 11.4 K/9, then he could conceivably run with the job all season.
Bedrosian tossed a scoreless inning in his first appearance of spring Thursday, allowing one hit while striking out two and walking one. The hard-throwing right-hander was slowed at the start of spring with a minor groin injury, but that appears to be in his past as he got through his first outing of spring with no issues. Now that he's healthy, the 25-year-old will look to stake his claim for the closer job with Huston Street (lat) questionable for Opening Day.
Bedrosian (groin) is set to pitch in spring training action Thursday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The minor groin injury that's plagued the flame-throwing right-hander appears to be in his past. His in-game debut will be the first step in his showcase to try winning the closer job. Huston Street (lat) remains questionable for Opening Day, but Andrew Bailey will stay in the discussion. If fantasy players must address this in a draft prior to an announcement of the winner, Bedrosian, the most exciting option, should earn the first speculative pick among this trio.
Bedrosian (groin) threw 30 pitches to live batters in a simulated appearance Monday, The Orange County Register reports. This was the first time that the flamethrowing righty faced live batters this spring after suffering a minor groin injury earlier in camp. Bedrosian came out of the session with no reported setbacks and is expected to appear in a Cactus League game as early as Thursday. With Huston Street's (arm) Opening Day status in question, Bedrosian has an opportunity to open the year as the Angels closer. He will have to fend off veteran pitcher Andrew Bailey, but if Bedrosian can show that he is anywhere near as dominant as last season (1.12 ERA) then he should have no problem securing the role.
Bedrosian (groin) is scheduled to pitch against live batters Monday for the first time this spring, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. The 25-year-old will take to a back field to throw a simulated appearance to Angels minor leaguers Monday. He has noted that his groin is fine after suffering a mild strain earlier in camp, but the Angels are easing him back into things with Huston Street out with a lat strain. He'll likely make his debut shortly, and Bedrosian could assume the closer role heading into Opening Day if all goes as planned.