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Robert Fish Promoted to AA Arkansas

The Angels promoted lefty reliever Robert Fish to AA Arkansas yesterday (hat tip, Stephen Smith at www.futureangels,com). In a little over a month with the Quakes, Fish threw 16 innings while yielding only 7 hits and 2 earned runs with a 25 to 8 K/BB ratio. Lefties hit .190 and righties hit .094 against him. Here's some video from his April 20 outing.

Fish throws a fastball, a curve, and a change-up...

He can dial the heater up to 95 mph in relief, and Abe Flores credits his 2010 success to improvements in commanding the pitch. Baseball America graded both of his offspeed offerings as average in 2009, but they are playing up out of the bullpen. In the video above, watch Fish work to get a feel for his curve while warming up. Once he was out on the mound, it was unhittable.

Fish was selected by the Angels in the sixth round of the 2006 draft out of Miller High School in Fontana. He posted some very nice numbers in rookie ball, but found the going a little rougher in A and High A as a starter. Command was a problem for him -- his mechanics have never been very smooth, and while that's contributed to his ability to deceive hitters, it's also hurt his ability to hit his spots. Eddie Bane picked him as a sleeper in the bullpen entering 2010. Obviously, he knew what he was talking about.