Consistency Paves The Way For Orioles' Angle
Back in spring training of 2010, Matt Angle broke a hamate bone that required surgery as the Orioles were breaking camp and starting their season. He hadn't played above the Double-A level, and making his major league debut was the last thing on his mind.
A little over a year later, he made it to Camden Yards and appeared in two games for the Orioles before being optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk.
Angle, a seventh-round pick in 2007 out of Ohio State, was expected to return when rosters expand on Sept. 1, if not sooner.
The Orioles gave Angle two starts in left field, though he's mostly played center in the minors. He went 0-for-7 with a walk.
"He's a guy you're going to be able to trust, as far as being a baseball player," manager Buck Showalter said. "Get a sign, throw to the right base, throw the right level, defend at three positions. I think he's a pretty intelligent baseball player.
"I got to see a lot of him in the spring. He made a lot of road trips, some split doubleheaders, and he had a great attitude through it all. I think you can trust for him to bring what he brings every night. That's a good thing to know. I think you'll see him again."
Angle, 25, was hitting .282/.350/.357 in 347 at-bats with Norfolk, with 10 doubles, two triples, four homers and 29 RBIs. He had 26 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Angle tied a Norfolk record with four steals in a July 26 game. His 26 steals ranked third in the International League.
Asked about the parts of his game that he's improved upon, Angle said, "Maybe just being a little more consistent.
"I started the year pretty slow. I was able to play better the last couple months. Really, (I'm) just trying to stay consistent, try to have consistent at-bats, play hard and keep the same approach every day."
• High Class A Frederick righthander Bobby Bundy emerged as the favorite to be named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year. An eighth-round pick in 2008, Bundy was 10-5, 2.92 through 19 starts, with 30 walks and 97 strikeouts in 114 innings. He twice had been named the Carolina League pitcher of the week. He's also the brother of righthander Dylan Bundy, the Orioles' first-round pick this year.
• The Orioles acquired lefthander Zach Phillips, 24, from the Rangers for infielder Nick Green. Phillips was 1-3, 4.43 with three saves in 45 innings at Triple-A Round Rock. In 213 games over seven minor league seasons, Phillips was 31-39, 4.10 with 653 strikeouts in 682 innings.