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Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Connor Van Scoyoc waits and waits for his first pro outing

Minor league notebook: Los Angeles Angels keeping draft pick in Arizona

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Connor Van Scoyoc.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Connor Van Scoyoc.

CEDAR RAPIDS — The monotony has to be excruciating, though Connor Van Scoyoc is doing his best to disguise it.

The former Cedar Rapids Jefferson prep is in his third month as a professional baseball player but still hasn’t pitched in an official game. And won’t until next season.

Van Scoyoc is one of a handful of 2018 draft picks who the Los Angeles Angels have decided to be extra careful. That means nothing but daily workouts in the 110-degree temperatures at the Angels minor league complex in Tempe, Ariz.

“This year, they have a lot of players who have gotten injured,” Van Scoyoc said. “There are seven pitchers who were signed from the draft that we’re not playing at all. They are just trying to be really cautious with us. Be conservative, just because there have been so many guys hurt.”

Van Scoyoc was Los Angeles’ 11th-round draft pick in June and quickly signed, eschewing a commitment to pitch at Arizona State University. His contract signing bonus was $397,500.

The 18-year-old right-hander knew all along he would be limited, as he adjusted to pro ball.

“I just didn’t realize it was going to be no playing time,” he said. “But I feel like what we’re doing is helping my body and making me better. That’s all that really matters.”

Van Scoyoc’s day starts a little before 8 a.m., when vans pick him and others up from their condominiums and ferry them to the Angels complex. There are two bedrooms per condo, by the way, and four players.

He’ll start his workouts about 8:30, with drills, lots of running and some throwing. Weight training comes after that, then it’s noon and time to shower, get picked back up by the vans and return to the condominium.

Every single day is the same. Montonous.

“Yeah, it is rough going to the field every day knowing you are not going to be facing anybody else,” Van Scoyoc said.

But he understands the Angels’ rationale and knows this whole thing is a long process. Van Scoyoc is not sure, but thinks he’ll be in Arizona for another month before returning to Cedar Rapids.

He’ll get a bit of a break, then it’s back to Tempe for fall instructional league, which he has heard described as a “more loose spring training.” They play games in instructs, but they still don’t actually count.

“They’re happy with what we’re doing,” Van Scoyoc said. “I mean, when they’re happy, it makes you a little happier.”

Kevin Marnon moving on again

The parent Minnesota Twins announced Saturday afternoon that relief pitcher Kevin Marnon has been promoted from the Cedar Rapids Kernels to high-Class A Fort Myers.

Lefty Marnon began this season in Cedar Rapids, was promoted to Fort Myers in early May and came back to the Kernels on July 11. He is 2-0 with three saves and a 1.90 earned run average in 11 games here.

The Twins did not announce a corresponding move, meaning the Kernels active roster is at 24, one under maximum.

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