Former big-league catcher Scott Servais, the Rangers’ director of player development since Dec. 2005, is leaving to become the apparent No. 2 man in the Angels front office, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports.
The 44-year-old Servais will join the newly hired Jerry Dipoto in Anaheim as an assistant GM. The two were briefly batterymates in Colorado in 2000. That was Dipoto’s last year in the bigs, and they were only on the active roster together for the month of April. Servais went on to play one more year in 2001. He hit .245/.306/.375 with 63 homers in a big-league career that spanned 11 seasons.
Very well regarded for his work in aiding a Texas farm system that has become one of the best in the majors, Servais is viewed by some as a future general manager.
Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.
On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.
It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.
While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.