01/11/13 11:24 PM ET
Prospects Cowart, Grichuk invited to spring camp
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
The Angels are inviting the 20-year-old switch-hitter to Spring Training on the heels of a breakout season in the Minors, which saw Cowart post a .276/.358/.452 slash line with 16 homers and 103 RBIs for both Class A affiliates.
Cowart, also ranked 46th among MLB.com's top 100 prospects, will likely be promoted to Double-A in 2013 and could become the Angels' starting third baseman by 2014 if he has a big year.
"I have to prove that I can hit in Double-A this year whenever I get there," Cowart said earlier this offseason. "I'm excited to see what happens. I'd love to be there in 2014, maybe get a shot this year if I perform well and my numbers are right. This is going to be a huge year."
Randal Grichuk, the 21-year-old outfielder known by many for being drafted a spot ahead of Mike Trout in 2009, also got his first Spring Training invite. Grichuk, ranked 12th in the Angels' system by MLB.com, is also coming off his best Minor League season, posting a .298/.335/.488 slash line for Class A Inland Empire, then being chosen to play in the Arizona Fall League.
The Angels are expected to release their full list of Spring Training invitees early next week.
Reliever Cabrera gets Minors deal, spring invitation
ANAHEIM -- The Angels have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with right-handed reliever Fernando Cabrera, who will be invited to Spring Training.
Cabrera, 31, has pitched seven years in the big leagues and spent the 2012 season with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, posting a 4.10 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) and 22 saves in 68 innings.
While pitching for the Indians, Orioles and Red Sox from 2004-10, Cabrera posted a 5.24 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP and a 1.97 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 132 relief appearances.
Angels add Langston to radio broadcast crew
ANAHEIM -- The Angels have hired former pitcher Mark Langston to be their new radio analyst, joining play-by-play man Terry Smith and replacing Jose Mota.
Mota will become an analyst for the Angels' ever-expanding Spanish-language television coverage on FOX Sports West, while continuing to work the English-language pregame and postgame show.
Spanish-language broadcasts of Angels games are expected to increase from 50 to about 75 games next season and could reach 150 in a few years.
Langston, who has been filling in for Mota on the radio the last few years, spent eight of his 16 years in the Majors pitching in an Angels uniform, making three All-Star teams, compiling a 3.97 ERA and throwing the first seven innings of a combined no-hitter with Mike Witt in 1990.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.