Gott leaves good first impression on Angels in debut

Gott leaves good first impression on Angels in debut

Published Jun. 14, 2015 8:02 p.m. ET

Trevor Gott made his Major League debut with the Angels a good one. 

The Angels were down by seven runs against the A's when he took the mound in the ninth on Sunday, but for Gott, it was a surreal experience.

Gott retired the side as he got Oakland's Andy Parrino and Max Muncy to fly out to left and then struck out Sam Fuld. The Angels lost to the A's 8-1 following a shaky defensive outing with three errors.

Asked what was working, Gott said "everything, actually. Surprisingly. I was obviously nervous. That was a dream come true. I'm just glad my family was here to see it."


Gott's parents were at Angel Stadium for his first appearance in the majors. He was called up a day earlier and didn't have to wait long to pitch. 

The ninth is reserved for closer Huston Street in a save situation, but since the Angels were trailing by seven runs, the Angels were able to see what Gott could do.

"It was actually pretty quiet. I blocked everything out," Gott said. "I was really focused."

The 22-year-old Gott came to the Angels in the Street trade, and he got his first callup to the majors quickly. He started the season in Double A Arkansas and after pitching 28 innings there, he was promoted to Triple A Salt Lake City. He learned after Friday night's game that he was headed to the Angels. 

Manager Mike Scioscia liked what he saw from the right-handed pitcher. 

"There's no doubt he's an exciting young arm, and we saw it out there this afternoon," Scioscia said. "We tried to get Trevor's feet on the ground and see where he fits in. His long-range potential is definitely as a backend guy in a really good bullpen. We'll see how he develops."