(Shawn E. Davis/MiLB.com)
By Scott Stedman - AngelsWin.com Minor League Reporter
Angels fans are clamoring for some starting pitching help after Ervin Santana and Dan Haren have struggled mightily. Now, with Haren admitting to a back problem that will likely put him on the disabled list, a hole is left in the rotation that was once acclaimed as the best in baseball. The answer to the Angels' pitching woes is Ariel Pena. Pena was born in Los Jovillos, Dominican Republic and was signed by the Angels as an 17-year-old on Feb. 17th, 2007. The 6'3" right handed flame-thrower went to the Dominican Summer League where he quickly dominated hitters for two seasons. Pena then slowly started to climb the ladder in the organization. One problem has always remained for Pena, however. He has not been able to consistently find the strike zone, that is, until this year.
Going into the 2012 season, Baseball America had Pena as the Angels #9 prospect. They also ranked Pena's slid...