Like father, like son
Cam Bedrosian pitches scoreless inning in first call-up to majors
A smidge under two decades later, a Bedrosian is back pitching in the major leagues.
This time, though, it’s Cam, who follows his father Steve, as a relief specialist after the 22-year-old former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels earned a promotion on Tuesday from Double-A Arkansas.
His immediate debut in the sixth inning against Houston out of the Angels bullpen was a dubious one.
Cam, who fanned Houston’s Jonathan Villar for major-league ‘K’ No. 1, went on to fire an inning of scoreless relief, his first in the majors, after inducing back-to-back groundouts from Astros Dexter Fowler and Jose Altuve in the bottom of the sixth the Angels trailing 5-0.
Of the 13 pitches from his debut, nine went for strikes.
The younger Bedrosian, who starred on the mound for East Coweta High before initially earning a scholarship offer from LSU, had moved up to the Arkansas Travelers early in the season, excelling out of the bullpen while recording seven saves with a 1.47 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his first 18-plus innings.
Since the start of the season, 45 of the 72 outs Bedrosian has recorded have come via strikeout.
The 6-foot, 205 pound right-handed reliever arrived in Houston to join the Angels for a three game series against the Astros in front of a crowd that included parents, Steve and Tammy and younger sister Katie.
They soon got to see their son, wearing a No. 68 jersey, strike out
Cam’s family could get a chance to have him a bit closer to home when Los Angeles comes to Turner Field for a three-game interleague series starting at Turner Field next Friday.
Just in time for Father’s Day.
Cam, whose middle name — “Bedrock” — was also his father’s nickname during a 14-year career in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves as well as stops in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Minnesota, completed a tough journey to the pros since draft day that included overcoming Tommy John surgery and missing the entire 2011 season.
Bedrosian, who was assigned jersey No. 68, told the Los Angeles Times that he felt “very blessed” and upon hearing the news said his first phone call was to his father.
With a 90-plus mph fastball that was already being showcased in his high school days at East Coweta, Cam was later converted from a starter to a reliever much like another major leaguer from inside the county — Milwaukee’s Will Smith, who has become one of the top set-up men in the National League this season.
Smith, who has a 0.35 ERA in 29 appearances so far this season, has a save and 12 holds, the latter category ranking second in the National League. The 6-5 lefty has allowed one earned run in 26 innings.
“Congrats to yet another player from the offseason work out crew to make it to the bigs!,” wrote Smith on his Twitter account, adding. “Congrats @Cam_Bedrock you worked hard for this!!!”
A year ago, the younger Bedrosian was struggling with a 6.23 ERA while pitching for the Burlington Bees in the Midwest League before finding his stride with Inland Empire of the California League. He was perfect in seven appearances at Inland to close 2013 before continuing that progress to start the spring.
It took five games before being elevated to Double-AA Arkansas and continuing to excel in the bullpen. He was part of a transaction that sent right-handed reliever Michael Kohn to Triple-A after allowing six runs in his last four appearances.
Bedrosian is the second of East Coweta head coach Franklin DeLoach’s former players to don a major league uniform.
Former Indian standout Brad Emaus had a short stint with the New York Mets, serving as the team’s opening day second baseman in 2011. Emaus’ No. 27 jersey was retired by the high school his past spring and a placard now adorns the left-field wall at the East Coweta Baseball Complex.
Several other former high school standouts continue to excel in the minor leagues including former Indians pitcher Bryan Blough inside the Chicago White Sox organization.
Blough, who was drafted after playing at Kennesaw State, also received a promotion to Double-A Birmingham while posting a 2.08 ERA in 16 games between the Barons and Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League.
So far Blough has a 2.31 ERA in his first three appearances in Birmingham, the latter two as starts, while allowing three earned runs in 11-plus innings.