Angels Recent Cuts Includes Top Prospect

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Updated: March 25, 2017

The Angels continue to cut down their roster for Opening Day. The Halos have sent four players to Triple-A on Friday. Their roster now stands at 41 players still in Major League camp.

The players optioned to Triple-A were outfielder Ryan LaMarre, infielder Nolan Fontana, catcher Francisco Arcia, and according to MLB.com, No. 8 prospect pitcher Alex Meyer.

The most surprising of the cuts was 27-year-old Meyer, who had a good shot at making the roster, but failed to capitalize on his opportunity this spring.

He pitched in five games this spring, allowing eight earned runs, and 10 walks in just 10.0 innings of work. His lack of command was a big concern for the Angels, and was likely the biggest reason why he was optioned to Triple-A to start the season.

LaMarre hit .280 with five RBI, and three stolen bases in 25 at-bats. He did not have a strong shot to make the team, but if injuries occur or possibly a September call up. He’s shown the Angels he can handle Major League pitching.

Much like LaMarre, Fontana had a good spring, hitting .270 with eight RBI in 37 at-bats. He was battling for a bench role on the team, but the Angels did not see a spot for him on the MLB team right now.

Francisco Arcia only had eight at-bats this spring, and really had no shot at making the team. The Angels are weak in the catching department, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Arcia again before the season is over.

Cutting Meyer, opens up a door for veteran righty Bud Norris to grab a spot on the Angels roster. He pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, on Friday. According to Maria Guardado, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said “I think Bud is getting more comfortable as the spring moves on. He was solid through two innings. That’s something we’ll look at this next week.”

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