Angels 2015 In-House Rotation Options

By Brian Helberg
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Michael Roth

Aug 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Michael Roth (41) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Roth has had trouble producing in limited action for the Angels over the past couple seasons. He has gone 2-1 with a 7.79 ERA over 22 career outings. 2014 was particularly unkind to the 24-year-old lefty, as he allowed 12 runs in 12 innings of work. His 9 to 9 strikeout to walk ratio also left plenty to desire.

Michael Roth has made just one start at the big league level, but he has made 46 starts since 2012 in the Minor Leagues. Roth’s lone start in the show was a disaster. On April 24th, 2013 Roth hurled 3.1 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits to the Texas Rangers. But in contrast, Michael Roth pitched admirably this past season in Double-A Arkansas, going 11-7 with a 2.62 ERA in 22 starts.

Roth has struggled with his command at every level, and that could be his biggest roadblock in becoming a consistent starting pitcher in the Major Leagues. Roth may be destined for a career coming out of the bullpen, but a strong spring could net him some spot starts in 2015.