A strategy of aggressive promotion over the past few seasons backfired and a top prospect was demoted from AAA to AA and is now climbing back up the mountain in the High-A California League.
Angels lefthander Trevor Reckling has an uphill climb to regain the prospect status that inspired mainstream media hack sportswriter Lyle Spencer to compare Reckling to Al Downing prior to the 2009 season.
And now we get word from the desk of Sam Farber, media outlet of the Inland empire 66ers, the Angels A-ball affiliate:
Trevor Reckling struggled in his first start with the Inland Empire 66ers (9-9) as he gave up six runs in an inning and two-thirds, as the Lake Elsinore Storm (10-8) took the early lead and never looked back winning by the final score of 8-1.
It was the first game of an eight game homestand in seven days for the 66ers at San Manuel Stadium.
Lake Elsinore scored six runs in the first two frames taking advantage of the wild Reckling. The southpaw was making his first start as a member of Inland Empire. Trailing early the 66ers scored their lone run in the third inning with an RBI groundout by Brian Hernandez. Andrew Heid went one-for-three with a walk and reached base in every game he has appeared in for the Sixers this season.