Will Cam Bedrosian Be Opening Day Closer For The Angels?

Updated: March 5, 2017

The Angels will be without veteran closer Huston Street for at least three to four weeks. Street has a lat strain and could miss the beginning of the regular season for the Halos. The team will now have to decide who will be the closer if Street is forced to miss time.

25-year-old relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian is the favorite to take over the closer role if Street isn’t ready by Opening Day. He had a breakout season in 2016, and looks to add-on in ’17. Bedrosian went 2-0 1.12 ERA in 45 games with one save.

The most impressive part of Bedrosian’s breakout campaign was that he allowed just one home run in over 40 innings pitched. He was a great ability to keep the ball in the park, and that could be a huge asset to the organization.

His two previous stints with the Halos didn’t go well. Bedrosian posted a 6.52 ERA in 2014 and 5.40 ERA during the ’15 season. Both of seasons were below average at best, but Bedrosian kept the home run total down. He allowed just five home runs combined throughout both those seasons.

If Bedrosian can get more 9th inning experience he could develop into a solid Major League closer. He has good strikeout/walk numbers, and his excellent command is his biggest asset. The down part is that he has almost no experience in the 9th inning.

Veteran Andrew Bailey could be selected as the short-term closer. He recorded six saves with the Angels last season during his short stint on the team. Bailey has 95 career saves, and could be used as the closer for a week or two while Street is one the disabled list.

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