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Young relievers add to the power supply

8/25/2010

It's that kind of year, when September will be a month to evaluate the Angels' prospects for 2011.

One area of the team that could set up well for coming seasons is the bullpen. The Angels likely will lose closer Brian Fuentes to free agency, but they could have one of the hardest-throwing bullpens in baseball going into next spring.

Between Fernando Rodney, who is likely to be the closer, Kevin Jepsen and Jordan Walden, the Angels would have three pitchers capable of throwing 96 mph and up. Newcomer Michael Kohn also has shown promise, with eight of his last nine outings scoreless.

Walden has been clocked in the minor leagues throwing as hard as 102 mph and he was consistently at 99 Tuesday night, on an Angel Stadium radar gun that is among the most accurate in the league.

"I think they've shown great poise on the mound for young kids coming up," Scioscia said. "Developing a major league pitcher is a process and they're still in the first step."