Their style is different. They fling their pitches with opposite arms. But the names are the same, and both are starting and excelling for the Travelers.
Trevor Bell above, and Trevor Reckling below.
Between them they have six of Arkansas' fifteen victories and the pair have struck out 47 batters. When you accomplish that, good stats follow. Reckling has an astonishing 1.05 ERA in four games, while Bell's is superior also at 2.25 (2nd/League officially) in six games.
One throws left.
And one throws right.
Both Trevors getting it done for the Travelers and the Los Angeles Angels. One from the east coast, and one from the west coast.
22-year-old Trevor Bell is from La Crescenta, California and was the #1 draft choice by the Angels (37th pick overall/supplemental) out of high school in '05. He is an all-around athlete and in high school batted .367 as a senior and slugged 26 round-trippers during his prep career. He was rated the top 14-year-old in the country by Baseball America.
Trevor's heat hits the gun consistently in the low 90's. He has an excellent hard late-breaking curveball and something in common with the other pitching Trevor. A nice change-up. He attacks the zone and has allowed only one home-run this season with an average of 1.6 walks per game.
In his three Angel system stops along the way before reaching Arkansas, his combined won/loss record was 19-14 with 236 strikeouts. Strikeouts are now becoming Bell's trademark. The 6' 2" 190 pound right-hander tied the team season high for strikeouts with nine during six innings last Monday at Dickey-Stephens against Springfield for his third Traveler win. He starts again tonight (Saturday) at Tulsa.
19-year-old Trevor Reckling, seen above getting his official team photo taken by photographer Ed Hamilton, is the youngest player in the Texas League. The Newark, New Jersey native's twentieth birthday is next Friday, the 22nd, if you'd like to wish him "Happy Birthday!"
Reckling made his winning debut with the Travelers (above) April 26 and has been phenomenal ever since. The Angels' #4 prospect's ERA (1.05) is unofficially the lowest in the League and he has not lost since being promoted from Rancho Cucamonga. (3-0, one no-decision.)
At 6' 2" and 205 pounds, Reckling was selected by the Angels in the eighth round of the '07 draft out of St. Benedicts Prep School in Newark. And when taking the hill for the first time in professional baseball, the young Reckling struck out the first two batters he faced in the Arizona Rookie League.
Trevor has three-plus pitches and demonstrates them all with superior control and location. He has a huge-bending curveball, a hard slider, and possibly the best change-up in the entire Angels' system. The left-hander's fastball is not over-powering, staying in the high 80's to low 90's, but like with all his pitches he uses it with tremendous command. Reckling keeps his pitches down, targets his locations, and most important has great hill presence. He stays focused and never gets rattled while displaying a beautiful, smooth delivery. He's allowed no home-runs in his four Traveler starts.
In his last start Tuesday night against the Springfield Cardinals Trevor struggled more than he has, giving up seven hits and one earned run, but persevered for his third Double-A win. After the team has a day-off on Sunday, Reckling should get his next start against Springfield at Hammons Field on Monday.
"Whose Back is This?"--(reveal)
This was the back pictured in a previous post.
Whose was it? Those who guessed Traveler General Manger Pete Laven were correct.
Although some answers to the question, "Why is he wearing #17?", were juuuust a bit outside. Besides being an Angels' fan naturally, Pete is a Cubs' fan and his favorite player is infielder Mike Fontenot, who wears the same number.
-- Lonesome Traveler