Nick Horvath’s beautiful story with the Capitals had a happy ending on Tuesday when the left-handed pitcher signed with the Los Angeles Angels. Which, of course, means that head coach Patrick Scalabrini loses the services of his ace reinforcement a few days before the start of the playoffs in the Frontier league.
This will be Horvath’s second stint in affiliate baseball, but his first as a pitcher. The American, who was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round in 2018, played two seasons as an outfielder in the organization before being released in the spring of 2020.
A year later, he appeared at the Frontière tryout camp as a reliever and impressed the leaders of the Quebec team so much that he became the league’s first annual draft pick.
And his up-and-down 2021 season hasn’t deterred Patrick Scalabrini from keeping him in his lineup this season with the Capitals. The rest of the story is due to the American.
Imperial in 2022, the 26-year-old southpaw has 60 strikeouts in 45 appearances on the mound and maintains a 1.76 runs-against average. Now he’s being rewarded with a second chance to climb the ladder to the major leagues.
He is a player who fully deserves a second chance in affiliate baseball given his meteoric rise over the past twelve months as a pitcher. We wish him the best of luckPatrick Scalabrini rejoiced on Tuesday.
It must be said that this is not the first time that the coach has lost such a player in the season due to good performances. In Capitales history, two pitchers, Andrew Albers and Jeff Harris, have made it to major league baseball after their stints in Quebec.