BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : ANGELS : Draftee Anderson to Begin Workouts
The Angels introduced Brian Anderson, their No. 1 draft pick, and the left-handed pitcher from Wright State said he’s looking forward to pitching again. Anderson will report to Mesa, Ariz., today to begin a conditioning program designed by scouting director Bob Fontaine. He hasnot pitched competitively since the college season ended in May.
“I’m looking forward to going out and getting in shape and progressing to the major league level,” said Anderson, who signed a minor league contract with a bonus of about $690,000. “I wasn’t really interested in going back to school (for my senior season).”
Manager Buck Rodgers has never seen Anderson pitch and doesn’t expect to see him until spring training next year. Anderson has been invited to the major league camp next spring.
As a junior at Wright State, Anderson, 21, had a 10-1 record and a 1.14 earned-run average in 14 games, including 13 starts. He had 98 strikeouts and six walks in 95 innings.
Second baseman Damion Easley had more tests performed on his injured legs, but the results were not immediately available. The Angels are concerned that it might be something more serious than shin splints.
Easley, batting a team-leading .313, has been suffering from pain in his lower legs since February.
J.T. Snow went hitless in five at-bats, striking out four times in a doubleheader in his debut at triple-A Vancouver. . . . Rodgers gave left fielder Luis Polonia and second baseman Torey Lovullo the night off, starting Stan Javier in left field and rookie Rod Correia at second. . . . Phil Leftwich, who started Thursday, became the 20th Angel to pitch this season, a club record. But then, the Angels include designated hitter Chili Davis and infielder Rene Gonzales on the list.