Angels Could See More Of Maronde
LOS ANGELES—A third-round pick in the 2011 draft, lefthander Nick
made a fast rise through the Angels system this year. The
23-year-old started the year in high Class A, even went backward to the
Rookie-level Arizona League after a lat muscle injury, but finished it
with the Angels as a September callup being used as a situational
reliever in crucial games by manager Mike Scioscia.
"It's been great. I didn't expect it," Maronde said of the big league
time. "I couldn't believe it when I got the call. I called my parents
and they didn't believe me either."
Considering the state of the Angels farm system, the path is pretty clear for Maronde to stick in the big leagues soon.
The Angels were already thin on pitching prospects when they traded two
of their better minor league arms (Double-A righthanders Johnny Hellweg
and Ariel Pena
) to the Brewers as part of a package for Zack Greinke
Greinke is a free agent this winter and the Angels had not had any talks
with him about an extension. In addition, righthanders Dan Haren
each have club options in their contracts for 2013 that
are not likely to be picked up, creating the potential for three
vacancies in the Angels' 2013 rotation.
Righthander Garrett Richards
figures to be in that rotation with
journeymen Jerome Williams
, Barry Enright
and Brad Mills
depth. With little else in the system, the road is pretty clear for
Maronde to continue his quick rise next season, though general manager
Jerry Dipoto said that was not the team's plan heading into the
"Nick has done a tremendous job. He's come in here and shown us that
he's capable of this," Dipoto said. "His focus has been tremendous. His
fastball plays. His command of the strike zone has been a breath of
"He's going to get an opportunity in spring training to come in and show
what he's capable of. But what his opportunity is in terms of the
regular season is going to be predicated on what we do between now and
then (in acquiring pitching)."
• The Angels switched their affiliation in the low Class A Midwest
League. The Cedar Rapids Kernels, an Angels affiliate the past 20 years,
signed a four-year deal with the Twins. The Angels signed for two years
with the Burlington Bees to be their MWL affiliate beginning in 2013.
• The Angels renewed their player-development contract with Double-A
Arkansas through the 2014 season. The Travelers have been the Angels'
Double-A affiliate since the 2001 season.