Trevor Reckling had to make the short trip from major league camp to the minor league side Monday evening. The 20-year-old pitching prospect was one of 17 players sent packing with the first cuts of spring.
But it probably wasn’t the last the Angels will see of Reckling. In fact, his time might not be far off.
The plan is to start Reckling at Triple A. Given the lack of success guys like Sean O’Sullivan, Trevor Bell and Anthony Ortegahad with the Angels last year, he could be one phone call away. Reckling, a left-hander, had a 2.68 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 154 innings between Single A and Double A last year.
“The experience of being in big league camp and around the guys will benefit me tremendously,” said Reckling, a native of New Jersey. “I’ll be more acclimated to the guys around me and I’ll feel more comfortable if it does happen.”
Manager Mike Scioscia got his second look at Reckling this spring. He saw him pitch in minor-league games here a year ago. He said his delivery has inherent deception, which can also lead to flaws in a delivery. Reckling has a low-90s fastball and a good changeup, with a slider that’s a work in progress.
“Is he on our depth chart for April 5? Most likely not,” Scioscia said. “But will he be on it May 5 or June 5? If he keeps progressing, that’s a real possibility.”