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.

Angel Food

• 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.