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An Angels prospect got catfished

Mar 9, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

Michael Roth Getty Images

As the ace starter for back-to-back College World Series champion South Carolina, Michael Roth was a big name in the college baseball world before being drafted by the Angels last year. A big enough name to make him a catfishing victim, it turns out.

Roth told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times about his experience, which started with a text message from someone in the summer of 2010:

That started a stream of flattering texts and alluring phone calls from a woman Roth never had met, including the requisite visits that inevitably were canceled at the last minute.

Roth said he sensed something fishy within a few weeks. He played along for a year, in the process discovering that three of his college teammates also had been in touch with the same woman, who claimed her name was Hope Porter.

Roth apparently never figured out the real source behind the Porter identity, and he’s long since moved on. He also indicated that while he does feel some sympathy for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, he feels Te’o was pretty gullible for letting it go so far.

The 23-year-old Roth was the Angels’ ninth-round pick in last year’s draft. While he was an excellent college pitcher, pro scouts didn’t think too highly of his stuff and he’s viewed as a long shot to reach the majors and stick.

  1. humanexcrement - Mar 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    What’s with the Angels and fish imagery? From Tim Salmon to Mike Trout, and now their top prospect is getting “catfished”? Maybe they’re a bouillabaisseball team.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Fantastic! And I’m not just saying that for the halibut.

      • dmcmillan2286 - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        enough carping about the fishy connection…

  2. tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    From what I have ascertained from following the Monti Teo story….this means that he is gay and not as good at the sport he plays as he was before the catfishing, right?

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Te’o’s play is being regarded as lesser because of his awful performance against Alabama in the National Championship Game, and was seen that way even before that whole thing started.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Crap goes in the sewer, not all over my jokes.

      • cosanostra71 - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        haha, fair enough

  3. rythestunner - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Roth said he sensed something fishy within a few weeks. He played along for a year”


  4. anthonyverna - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I don’t think it counts as catfishing if he didn’t bite. It doesn’t sound as if he tried to meet or was distraught or called MTV. It sounds as if he moved on and lived life.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      “including the requisite visits that inevitably were canceled at the last minute.”

      I think that means he intended to meet.

  5. anthonyverna - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Ok. I misread it.

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