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Angels reassign Navarro, Calhoun, Brasier

Angels reassign Navarro, Calhoun, Brasier

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Angels reassign Navarro, Calhoun, Brasier
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels reassigned first baseman Efren Navarro, outfielder Kole Calhoun and right-hander Ryan Brasier to Minor League camp on Wednesday, bringing their Spring Training roster down to 38 players.

Calhoun, who was selected by the Angels in the eighth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University, impressed this spring, batting .361 (13-for-36) with six doubles and three RBIs in 15 Cactus League games.

Calhoun, a 24-year-old left-handed hitter, hit .324 with 22 homers at Class A Inland Empire last year and will likely start the 2012 season in Double-A. He's ranked as the Angels' No. 15 prospect.

"It's been everything I expected and more," Calhoun said earlier this spring of his first big league camp experience. "I've been a fan of this game for a long time and the guys on TV forever, and now I'm in a locker room with them. It's been fantastic. There's so many superstars in this locker room, it's surreal. It's crazy to step back and be like, 'Wow, I'm looking at [Albert] Pujols' locker and Vernon Wells' locker.' It's fantastic. It's been fun."

Brasier posted a 2.92 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A last year after being converted back to a reliever. The 24-year-old posted a 2.08 ERA in 4 1/3 innings this spring, but mildly twisted his left ankle while firing a pitch against the Royals on Tuesday.

Navarro, who has been in the Angels' system for the last five years and won a Minor League Gold Glove Award last year, went 2-for-18 in 15 games this spring.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and 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.

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