Originally written on 60ft6in  |  Last updated 5/13/13
(Update: Ankiel has signed with the New York Mets and is in the starting lineup tonight.) Should Rick Ankiel reinvent himself again and become a left-handed reliever to prolong his professional baseball career? The Houston Astros recently designated the once heralded pitching prospect for assignment.  In 2013, Ankiel produced a .194/.231/.484 slash line while striking out a whopping 35 times in 62 at-bats. Ankiel was the runner-up in the 2000 Rookie Of The Year balloting following an 11-7 season, 3.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 194 K.  However, the southpaw battled an extreme case of wildness during the playoffs, walking 11 batters and uncorking 9 wild pitches in only four innings pitched. This was the beginning of the end to a once promising MLB pitching career.  The following season, Ankiel continued to struggle by issuing 25 walks (+25 hits) in 24 innings before being demoted to the minor leagues. The left-hander suffered through many setbacks in the proceeding campaigns including an el...
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