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Saturday, April 20, 2013

NY Times: Doubted by Scouts, A College Ace Rises Quickly

Michael Roth pitched his first game above rookie ball on April 9, working five innings for the Class AA Arkansas Travelers. Three nights later, after a game in Frisco, Tex., Roth was called into an office with Manager Tim Bogar and the pitching coach, Mike Hampton. He had no reason to expect what was coming.

“I kind of thought I was in trouble,” Roth said over the phone last week. “I was like, ‘Oh, God, what did I do?’ ”

Roth had done enough in that game — and had enough rest — to earn a promotion to the major league team, the Los Angeles Angels. He became the first American Leaguer from the 2012 draft class to reach the majors, and the second player over all, after pitcher Paco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But Rodriguez was a second-round pick. Roth was a ninth-rounder, taken 297th over all as a senior out of South Carolina.

bobm Posted: April 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2013 at 05:45 PM (#4421502)
All that money in the bank and Hampton is a minor-league pitching coach ... good for him.

Unless he wasted all that money.
   2. Publius Publicola Posted: April 21, 2013 at 07:38 PM (#4421568)
I'm sure he still has a healthy pension and doesn't have to work if he doesn't want to.
   3. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: April 21, 2013 at 08:16 PM (#4421602)
This is hilarious. I posted in the Fowler thread about informing my buddy at a Travelers game that Hampton was their pitching coach. It was this game, and I was also informing him of Roth's pedigree and minimal prospect status on the way to the park. Did not realize he got the call.
   4. smileyy Posted: April 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM (#4421819)
Some people probably can't help but think about pitching. Probably keeps him happy to do it.
   5. Shredder Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4424416)
Michael Roth will be starting tonight's game against the Rangers. Fast rise indeed.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM (#4424434)
Some people probably can't help but think about pitching. Probably keeps him happy to do it.


Maybe they just have a really good school system in Little Rock.
   7. CFBF Was Killed By The Mad Queen Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM (#4424445)
I spent too many years watching Michael Roth make a really good Florida lineup look absolutely silly with a series of sub-90 MPH fastballs and off-speed pitches that never came within a foot of the plate but always induced aggressive, undisciplined swings. So I'm happy enough to see him doing it to someone else.
   8. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4424455)
"Pitching coach Mike Hampton?" How was he injured in this meeting?
   9. Greg K Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM (#4424456)
Hey, cool. I saw this dude pitch in Germany for the WBC Qualifiers. Didn't realize he was a real prospect.
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM (#4424462)
I'm sure he still has a healthy pension and doesn't have to work if he doesn't want to.


It's kind of hard for me to imagine Hampton having a healthy anything.

Still, good for him.

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