Bedrosian serves up big hit in return to Angels

Prospect allows two-run double to Napoli during series finale

Bedrosian serves up big hit in return to Angels

BOSTON -- Cam Bedrosian boarded a red-eye flight from Salt Lake City to Boston on Saturday night, arrived at Fenway Park a couple of hours before first pitch on Sunday, then had to face the red-hot Mike Napoli during a tight situation in the eighth inning.

Not necessarily ideal.

Vinnie Pestano had already been used, Fernando Salas threw 1 1/3 innings the night before and Joe Smith and Huston Street are typically only utilized with a lead. So with the Angels down only a couple of runs, Bedrosian became the only right-handed reliever at manager Mike Scioscia's disposal.

With runners on the corners and one out, the 23-year-old Bedrosian got ahead on Napoli, 0-2. But he let the count get full, let his fastball run a little too far inside and watched Napoli hit a towering shot off the top of the Green Monster for a two-run double that gave the Red Sox a four-run cushion in a game the Angels would lose, 6-1.

"We had to give him the ball and hopefully give him a chance to get his feet on the ground and get a good inning," Scioscia said of Bedrosian, called up after Mike Morin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain. "His stuff looked good, but he couldn't command it enough to be effective."

And that's Bedrosian's brief career in a nutshell.

Bedrosian, son of former Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian, stormed through the lower levels of the Angels' system last year but wasn't consistent enough in the Major Leagues. He posted a 0.95 ERA in Class A Advanced and Double-A, striking out an absurd 72 batters in 38 innings. But he gave up 17 runs (14 earned) on 23 hits and 12 walks in 19 1/3 innings in five different stints with the Angels.

No other Angels reliever throws his fastball harder than 90 mph on average, so Bedrosian, who hovers around the mid-90s, can provide a different look. He's the sixth-best prospect in the Angels' system, according to MLBPipeline.com. And with Morin on the DL for at least a couple of weeks -- it could be more, but there's still no timetable -- Bedrosian has a chance for a prolonged stay.

But he needs to get outs.

"A couple outings last year he really opened some eyes where you say, 'He's making improvements,'" Scioscia said, "and then all of a sudden you come out there and just see a kid who needed to work on some stuff."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.