Angels send tallest baseball player down

Angels send tallest baseball player down

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The tallest player in professional baseball is headed back down to the Minors, as 7-foot-1 Loek Van Mil was sent to the Angels' Minor League camp.

"Obviously, this was expected," the right-handed reliever from the Netherlands said. "I didn't come in here with false expectations to make the team. You just want to prolong this as much as possible because it's fun to be here."

The 27-year-old, who was acquired as the player to be named in the Brian Fuentes trade with Minnesota in 2010, has some work to do in order to put together a full package that the Angels will be able to use at the Major League level.

"He's searching for a little something in his delivery," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's certainly searching for an out pitch."

Van Mil, who went 3-5 with a 2.04 ERA in 30 appearances (one start) covering 66 1/3 innings last year with Double-A Arkansas, said there was something he was searching for, and now he's wondering why he was.

"I tried something else that didn't work out," he said. "I tried to take something off my velocity, try to throw more strikes and get more movement on my ball, but it didn't work out. So my game plan now is to go back and do what I did before, go back to throwing hard and see what happens."