Could Brooks Pounders Make The 25-Man Roster?

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Updated: February 24, 2017

In December the Royals traded Jared Ruxer to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brooks Pounders. A former 2nd round pick, Pounders could be a sleeper player to watch this spring.

The Angels first Spring Training game is Saturday, and expect Brooks Pounders to pitch. Yusmeiro Petit is starting for the Halos, but Pounders is scheduled to get into the game at some point against the Brewers. The 26-year-old might be a sleeper stud, and could possibly make the Opening Day roster.

Pounders got his first taste of Major League action last season with the Royals. Pounders struggled pitching in 13 games with 9.24 ERA, and allowed 13 earned runs. He pitched mainly as a starter in the minor leagues, but could convert into a relief pitcher.

He saw much better statistics in Triple-A last season. He went 5-3  3.14 ERA in 31 games (seven starts) and pitched roughly 80 innings. Pounders had a tough MLB debut, but it was a small sample size and there is are positives to take away from it.

Pounders struck out 13 batters in 12.2 innings pitched. That means Pounders has the ability to make batters swing and miss. Another positive is that he does not walk many batters. He has good command of his pitches and only walked three batters during his time in the MLB last season.

It is tough to judge Pounders on such a small amount of playing time, but he brings positives to the Angels. He most likely will end up in the bullpen, but he could become a swingman type pitcher. Pounders could be a pitcher that spends most of his time in the pen, but can could out and make a few starts whenever he’s needed. He’s a valuable pitcher to have in the organization, and a strong performance in Spring Training could get him on the 25-man roster.

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