ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout isn't the only New Jersey native who could have a positive imprint on the Angels' future. Southpaw Trevor Reckling remains very much in the team's plans as a potential starter.
The Angels' 2009 organization Pitcher of the Year after a strong season at Double-A Arkansas, Reckling struggled with his command at Triple-A Salt Lake last year and was returned to Arkansas, where he seemed to put things back together with a solid finish. Turning 22 on May 22, Reckling has been better than his 1-6 record indicates with Arkansas.
Consistently in the strike zone with his plus fastball, 11-to-5 curveball and quality changeup, Reckling has kept the walks down (18 in 52 1/3 innings) while racking up 38 strikeouts and assembling a 3.78 ERA. Key stat: only three times in nine starts has he walked more than two hitters.
"Trevor has the stuff and the makeup to be a quality Major League pitcher," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had some issues with his delivery last year, and it looks like he's throwing well now. We're high on him."
Another highly regarded prospect, Garrett Richards, is 5-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 57 2/3 innings. His 1.23 WHIP is slightly better than Reckling's 1.30. Another Arkansas starter, Matt Shoemaker, is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.