Well, it has come to this.
Bridwell has been optioned to Double-A Mobile. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Huston Street was transferred to the 60-day DL.— Angels (@Angels) April 17, 2017
With Huston Street moving to the 60-day Disabled List (which means he won’t be able to come back by June, at the earliest), the Angels had a spot to add someone else on the 40-man roster. According to MLB Pipeline, Bridwell was the Orioles 15th-best prospect, but that’s not much, especially when considering the Orioles farm system is also quite shallow. His fastball is graded above-average (55) while his changeup is a plus pitch (60) on the 80 scale, and his slider and control are below average.
Bridwell’s best season as a starter came in 2015, when he posted a 3.99 ERA (3.53 FIP) in double-A in 18 starts. However, he subsequently encountered elbow tendinitis and was converted to a reliever. Since then, he has struggled to find consistency, aside from a ten-inning stetch in AAA where he posted a 1.80 ERA (1.97 FIP) with a 12.6 K/9 and a 0.9 BB/9. That’s really, really, really good! But it’s such a small sample size that it means absolutely nothing.
You might not be too pleased with Bridwell’s scouting report...
Parker Bridwell is fastball/changeup arm, lacks breaking pitch, sits in low 90's with sink, weak command #Angels— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) April 17, 2017
Bridwell, now 25, will start the year in AA Mobile. He will have to improve his command if he wants to make the big leagues (4.1 BB/9). I’m finding it quite difficult to find a positive here, as Bridwell is nothing to write home about. I can’t even say for certain that Bridwell is free. The bright side? At least we can call him Clifford.
#Angels Huston Street encountered a "mild shoulder impingement" early in his throwing program, so he was slowed down, GM Billy Eppler says— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) April 17, 2017