In a swap of once promising draft prospect, the Los Angeles Angels acquired right-handed pitcher, Brooks Pounders, from the Kansas City Royals.
The going rate to attain Pounders was another right-handed pitcher, Jared Ruxer, who was in the minors of the Angels organization.
Pounders, 26, joins the Angels as a once former top organizational prospect for the Royals, who saw his career change following Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2013 season. Pounders will go to Spring Training, being used as a starting pitcher, adding depth to the system.
In 13 Major League games, all in relief, Pounders had a 9.24 ERA and 1.737 WHIP, striking out 13 and walking three. In his eight years in the minors, Pounders has a 3.77 ERA and 1.278 WHIP, seeing a 3.14 ERA in 80.1 innings at Triple-A Omaha last season, helping him be named the Royals Triple-A Pitcher of the Year.
A native of Riverside, Pounders grew up in the Temecula Valley, just 63 miles from Angel Stadium. In 2009, Pounders opted out of his committment to the University of Southern California, once drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates 53rd overall and signing for $670,000.
According to a scouting report from MLB Pipeline, it notes that Pounders has improved his fastball, working at 91-94 MPH, touching 97. His slider flashes plus, but is mostly an average offering, while his curve and changeup are effective at times.
The Angels are parting ways with minor leaguer, Jared Ruxer, to acquire Pounders. Ruxer, 24, was considered a top-200 draft prospect in 2014, but Tommy John surgery let him fall to 12th round. He did not pitch in 2014 following the draft.
In 43 games Minor League games, 30 starts, Ruxer has a 3.45 ERA. This past season, Ruxer split time between both Single-A affiliate, posting a 3.08 ERA and 1.342 WHIP.
In a scouting report from Scout.com, Ruxer has a sinking fastball that sits 89-94, with an average curveball and fringe changeup.
Cody Ege was desginated for assignement to make room on the Angels 40-man roster for Pounders.