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Angels' Matt Shoemaker making most of his time in big leagues
Angels' Matt Shoemaker making most of his time in big leagues

Matt Shoemaker has spent almost all of his seven-year career in the minor leagues, including the last two seasons at triple A. Signed by the Angels as an undrafted free agent in 2008, the 27-year-old right-hander is neither a highly touted prospect nor an up-and-coming youngster. He is what general managers call "organizational pitching depth," the type of guy who can be stashed at triple A in case a starter gets hurt or is struggling but is rarely viewed as a long-term rotation candidate. So when Shoemaker was called up from Salt Lake last week to replace winless left-hander Hector Santiago in the rotation, he did not have any great expectations. He saw the move for what it was. "It's...

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