Angels' Cassevah Ends Season On A High Note In AFL
LOS ANGELES—When the 2012 season ended, righthander Bobby Cassevah
figured his next assignment would be somewhere in Latin America when
winter ball started.
But the Angels had other ideas and asked Cassevah to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
"There was still some meat on the bones of his season," general manager
Jerry Dipoto said of Cassevah. "Due to injuries and ineffectiveness,
Bobby's 2012 season was a very choppy one. This gives him an opportunity
to sink his teeth into some innings and walk away from the season with a
better taste in his mouth."
Cassevah, 27, was in the mix for a spot in the Angels' bullpen coming
out of spring training but recurring shoulder issues derailed that. He
wound up pitching just 56 innings in 2012 (five with the Angels, the
rest in the minors) and was largely ineffective doing it.
As one of the more experienced players in the AFL, though, the 6-foot-3,
220-pound Cassevah was very effective. Working as a starter, he went
2-0, 3.13 in 23 innings over six starts and earned an AFL pitcher of the
week award in early November.
"He's been very good—not surprising given he's had some big league
time," Dipoto said. "That being said, it's a very talent-laden league
and is usually very offense-oriented . . . That he was willing to do
this and has had some success bodes well for him."
The AFL experience could also serve Cassevah well as an audition for
other teams. The Angels' 34th-round pick in 2004, Cassevah has already
been through one brief sabbatical from the organization. He was a Rule 5
draft pick of the Athletics in 2009 but was returned to the Angels the
following spring. He will be out of options next season and will be
competing for a job in an Angels' bullpen likely to feature a lot of new
faces in spring 2013.
• The Angels signed lefthander Mitch Stetter
to a minor league contract.
Stetter, 31, spent parts of five seasons as a reliever with the
Brewers, including 2009 when he had a 3.60 ERA in 72 appearances. He
split last season between Double-A and Triple-A.
• Outfielder Jeremy Moore
is among a group of minor league free agents
from the Angels system. Moore, 25, hit .298/.331/.545 with 57 extra-base
hits (24 doubles, 18 triples, 15 home runs) at Triple-A Salt Lake in
2011. He made his big league debut as a September callup with the Angels
that year, appearing in eight games, but he missed the entire 2012
season while rehabbing from surgery on his right hip.