Monday, October 24, 2011

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer

At the end of the 2011 season, Mike Scioscia said one of the areas that the club would need to improve on is its starting pitching depth. It’s extremely rare for an entire rotation to make it through a season unscathed, so, every organization needs to have several capable arms down on the farm.

Going into 2012, the Angels do not have a left-handed starter for their rotation. Having one would prove invaluable in an effort to help keep the opposition unbalanced.

One player vying for a spot in the Angels’ rotation could be Trevor Reckling. Drafted out of St. Benedict’s Prep High School in Newark New Jersey in the 8th round of the 2007 draft, Reckling is back on track and poised for making his major league debut at some point in 2012. After a dismal 2010 season, Reckling posted very good numbers in 2011 up until the second half, when he was shut down with an arm strain. recently caught up with our choice for the Los Angeles Angels top prospect heading into the 2010 season in prospect Trevor Reckling to find out more about what is going on with him. We spoke extensively about his troubles in 2010, including what pitches were giving him trouble, and how he turned things around. We talked about the playoff race in 2011 and how he continued to develop as a pitcher. We got an update about his arm’s status and his outlook for the 2012 season.

Along the way, we found out some interesting things, such as what it was like watching his roommate and fellow New Jerseyite Mike Trout roam the outfield. We learned about how Torii Hunter became a mentor and “like family” to Trevor Reckling to help him develop as a player. For the ladies, we found out his dating status (he’s single!), and about what a perfect day off would be for him.

Hopefully, if things continue to go well for him in 2012, we could be seeing him at some point starting for the Angels.

Click below to listen to our interview with Trevor Reckling.

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