Trevor Reckling, LHP, Doube-A Arkansas (U.S. Team)
An eighth-round choice in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Benedict's Prep School in Newark, Reckling has rocketed through the Angels' farm system with a full repertoire of pitches and a confident manner.
Reckling opened the 2009 season at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he appeared in three games with a 0.95 ERA and 0.63 WHIP (walks and hits per nine innings) while going a deceptive 1-2 in 19 innings, striking out 16 with three walks.
Promoted to Double-A Arkansas, he is 4-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 11 starts. Across 64 1/3 innings, he has 50 strikeouts against 35 walks with a 1.32 WHIP. He has surrendered only one home run.
With good size at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, his fastball gets in the low 90s, but his best pitch is a big curveball with exceptional break. He also has a changeup that he consistently puts in good zones.
Reckling, one of the youngest pitchers in each of the leagues he's pitched in, was 13-8 at the entry levels with a 3.25 ERA coming into this season. He had 183 strikeouts in 188 1/3 innings.
The Angels don't want to rush him, but he is rising quickly on the organizational depth chart and could nail down a spot in the rotation by 2011 or even 2010 if the need arises.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.