The Los Angeles Angels recalled their top prospect, 21-year-old righthander Nick Adenhart, from AAA Salt Lake last night. Once one of top high school pitching prospects in the nation and now Baseball America’s 24th-rated prospect overall, Adenhart was off to a very good start for the Bees, posting a 4-0 record and 0.87 ERA in five starts. He takes the place of Dustin Moseley in the rotation and is expected to make his major league debut tonight against Justin Duscherer and the Oakland Athletics.
Adenhart’s call-up isn’t surprising given his prospect status – one reason the Red Sox brought Justin Masterson up from AA Portland last week was so they could take a look at him in a major league context – and the fact that the Angels’ rotation is already hurting (John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar are both injured) but the timing is odd. Adenhart last pitched for Salt Lake on Sunday, throwing 98 pitches in eight innings. WIth his debut tonight, he will be pitching on just three days rest, a curious decision for a guy who already has one elbow reconstruction under his belt.
(A tip o’ the cap to Vegas Watch for noting both Adenhart’s upcoming debut and the strange circumstances surrounding it.)
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