Last year, the Angels’ bullpen was well below average. (You heard it here first!) This year, the bullpen is much deeper, and while the club might not have a bona fide closer, the collective unit should be able to get more outs this season. There’s a handful of players who can be reasonably expected to succeed in 2013; Ryan Madson (if healthy), Sean Burnett, Ernesto Frieri, Scott Downs, Kevin Jepsen, David Carpenter, and long men Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams should all compete for roles.
This doesn’t even mention some of the “see what sticks” guys that the Angels have in camp. The club gave minor league deals to Hiroyuki Kobayashi and Chad Cordero this offseason. Cordero pitched yesterday, and impressed GM Jerry Dipoto. Here’s a tweet from Alden Gonzalez about what Dipoto had to say:
Dipoto said Chad Cordero threw between 89 to 91, which is right around where he used to be. “I thought he looked great,” he said. #Angels
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) February 25, 2013
Cordero hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2010, and he’s tossed just 14 MLB innings since 2007. He entered camp as a big time long shot, and he did allow a long ball to Brendan “Defense-Only” Ryan, but the signs are encouraging, and Cordero might just have a chance to help the Angels in 2013.