Carlos Gomez, the Angels’ international scouting director, was standing between fields where minor league games were being played at the team’s Tempe, Ariz., spring-training complex in March as he started to answer a question about Roberto Baldoquin, a Cuban infielder he had pushed to sign late in 2014.
Just then, a hard grounder was hit toward the shortstop and the executive paused mid-thought.
“Please make that play,” Gomez said as he watched Baldoquin scoop up the ball and deliver an on-target throw. “That would suck if he booted it right there.”
Baldoquin’s defense is OK. His hitting is not. At 23, he is struggling in the low minors, an unequivocal flop since the...