LA Angels Prospects

Brett Hanewich highlights LA Angels deep bullpen talent

By Ryan Falla
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Starting pitcher Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against Darnell Sweeney #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of the spring training MLB game at Camelback Ranch on March 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Starting pitcher Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against Darnell Sweeney #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of the spring training MLB game at Camelback Ranch on March 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: A general view of the national anthem prior to the home opener between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 04, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 04: A general view of the national anthem prior to the home opener between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 04, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Brett Hanewich on his 2019 goals

Hanewich is as good as they come; a strong arm and an even stronger head on his shoulders. Hanewich carries himself with the type of strength and purpose you don’t see from too many ball players, but at the same time we’re seeing a lot of that within the Angels system. It seems that Billy Eppler has a very specific mold for the guys he brings into the organization.

A lot of the young prospects are the type of guys to look deeper into the details, to ask themselves to think beyond the standard sphere of reasoning. Guys who will do more than is asked of them, more than they might think they could do themselves at first glance. Billy Eppler has brought together a collection of men who seek the challenge, men who look to hold greater aspirations than to simply be “good”.

Brett Hanewich is a living embodiment of that mold, someone who looks to find situations bigger than themselves, at the end of the day you are only as big as the situations you put yourself into. That’s the only way to grow not only as an athlete, but as a person.

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Put yourself in places you may not be 100% ready for or may not feel like you completely belong and discovering within yourself what it takes to rise to these moments. It started small for Hanewich; after pitching to a 3.76 ERA in Low A Burlington we saw Hanewich change his mentality and approach on the mound and find immediate success with High A by pitching 42.2 innings of 1.90 baseball with 51 K’s.

Hanewich has proved time and time again he can find within himself the qualities necessary to compete and dominate in these ever-changing, ever-growing moments of trial and challenge. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like the molding of someone who will dominate any ground they step into.

Regardless of it being on the field as a pitcher or off the field in everyday life, Brett Hanewich knows the ‘not-so-secret’ secret to success and will undoubtedly find overwhelming success wherever he goes.

“I want to get to the highest level that I possibly can, obviously the highest level possible which is the Major Leagues. I’m trying to enjoy the ride as much as I can, trying to put my head down and work. That’s what it’s all about, this is a grind. I could be here [High A] for the entire year, I could be here two weeks.

Wherever life takes me, whether it’s Double A or Burlington, wherever it is, it’s all about just working hard and getting better every single day. Then hopefully it trends in the right direction and I have success, I keep evolving with my pitching like you’re saying and make the jump to Double A, Triple A, or the Major Leagues. I want to do that as fast as I can but I know the Angels have a plan with where they want me and where they envision me.

Obviously they envision me here for right now, that’s why I’m here and whatever their decisions are for the future it’s out of my control other than what I can control; which is putting my head down, working hard and getting better every single day.

It’ll all take care of itself, that’s where I’m at right now. You can never be satisfied with what you’re doing, if you’re satisfied you get comfortable. If you’re satisfied you wanna stay right where you are and you never want to be that person. You want to be growing every single day on and off the field.”

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Brett Hanewich has thrown 2.1 innings on the 2019 season with the High A Inland Empire 66ers and has allowed no hits will collecting a strikeout. Of the three games he’s appeared in he’s finished two of them, though not in save situations.

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