Focused on improving location, Bedrosian eyes big year

Focused on improving location, Bedrosian eyes big year

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Maybe it all happened way too fast for Cam Bedrosian last year. It's easy to say, considering he started the 2014 season as a 22-year-old at the Class A level, then shot up to Double-A and the Major Leagues, where he gave up 17 runs (14 earned) in 19 1/3 innings.

Bedrosian has no doubt that his stuff plays at the big league level -- few would argue -- and believes he just needs to locate it better.

"The big thing is just keeping the ball down," he said. "A lot of times last year, it was up too much, getting too excited. Guys get in the box, and you want to do too much with it. The only thing I have to do is just keep the ball down. That's the only thing I have to do."

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Bedrosian was too accustomed to the big ballpark of the Angels' Double-A affiliate, or the overall inferiority of Minor League hitters who continually chased his rising fastballs.

"Over here," he said, "guys are a lot more disciplined."

Bedrosian, ranked ninth in the Angels' system by MLB.com, throws his fastball consistently in the mid-90s and backs it with an improving slider. He's the son of National League Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian and he showed an ability to follow in his footsteps in Double-A last year, while posting a 1.11 ERA and striking out 57 batters in 32 1/3 innings.

Bedrosian faces long odds of cracking the Opening Day roster, with at most two bullpen spots open and several promising candidates -- Cory Rasmus, Matt Lindstrom, Vinnie Pestano -- vying for them. So Steve's biggest advice to his son has frequently boiled down to three words: "It's a process."

But Bedrosian entered Spring Training with one goal.

"Make the team," he said. "That's it."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.