Designated hitter/outfielder Robbie Widlansky was drafted the 11th round in 2007 by the Baltimore Orioles. The Angels’ organization acquired Widlandsky in December through the AAA portion of the Rule 5 draft. Thus far, Widlansky, who grew up in Florida, has been the designated hitter for the Travs and as of May 6 was batting .389 with 14 hits in 36 appearances with two home runs.
How did you feel when you were told you were being sent to the Angels?
I was excited for the new opportunity and to have new chances with a different team. It’s a chance for me to get a new and different look. We’ll see how it ends up.
Did you know anybody with the Angels?
No, and it was my first time being in a different organization. I’ve met people, and once the season starts you hang out with the guys more and get more comfortable.
You were drafted by New York Yankees in the 34th round out of high school. What made you decide to pass up that chance and go play college ball at Florida Atlantic?
It was a thought process, and I went lower than expected. Florida Atlantic was a win-win, and I was happy with my decision.
You played in Perth, Australia in 2010 during the fall. What led you there and what was that like?
I broke my ankle halfway through the season that year which ended the season and wanted to play fall ball. The Orioles let me go to Australia. It was awesome and a fun time. It was a really cool experience. They talk funny, and I saw a lot of beaches.
So how did you break your ankle and what was the recovery like?
I was batting and hit a ball right into it, and it fractured. I didn’t know it right away and kept playing which was not good. I was in a cast for 16 weeks, and it healed properly. It was upsetting, but I knew it wasn’t the end of my career.
How do you like Arkansas?
It is different with lots of pollen and no beaches. The people here also talk funny but are nice. I hear it can get hot here but haven’t seen that yet.
As 28, you are one of the older players on the team. Do you offer advice to the new guys?
If they come to me with questions, I try to be helpful. I’m not the kind of guy to go up to them because I’m pretty laid back. I do try to give them useful information.
What do you do for fun?
I like to hang out and golf. I’m not very good, but I’m not terrible either.
What are your goals?
Of course, the Big Leagues but also to hit and play defense. I’m really working on getting better and feel like I’ve gotten better each year. I’ve been playing awhile now and am working on my craft and trying to hit with more consistency.