The Los Angeles Angels have traded away pitching prospect Jeremy Beasley in exchange for right-hander Matt Andriese to bolster their pitching lineup for the upcoming MLB season.
The Angels have been very busy this offseason, making big moves that should worry the rest of the league as the team is aiming to begin their plan of long-term contention in the league. The team has inked third baseman Anthony Rendon to a seven-year deal which is worth $245 million.
The team has also signed right-hander Julio Teheran and catcher Jason Castro to one-year deals. They also went shopping as they traded for right-hander Dylan Bundy.
Beasley was the club’s No. 18 prospect, who posted a strong 4.49 ERA with 115 strikeouts in 122 ⅓ innings between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake last year before being traded away. The team has also put right-hander Luis Madero on assignment to make room for Andriese.
Andriese started only 49 times in his whole career. He pitched in a lot of roles in his five years in the Majors with the Rays and D-backs, before becoming an effective reliever in Arizona last year in 54 games.
The 30-year-old will stay with the team through the 2021 season. He has also avoided arbitration for this season after agreeing to a one-year, $1.395 million deal with the team.
He posted a stunning 4.71 ERA to go along with 79 strikeouts, 27 walks, and eight homers allowed in 70 ⅔ innings last season. For his career, Andriese had 4.58 ERA with 391 strikeouts in 428 ⅔ innings, which also includes 4.64 ERA as a starter and a 4.50 ERA in 118 relief games.
Andriese’s addition to the team means that they will have a more flexible pitching lineup. His fastball averages 92.5 mph and he throws it 37.3% of the time as it relies mostly on his changeup.
He also adds in a curveball for around 10% of the time. Statcast also says that his four-seam fastball’s spin rate is above-average, making it fearsome in the field.
The Angels finished with a 72-90 record last season. They ended with a three-game losing streak that saw them coming up with the 10th spot in the American League, while finishing fourth in the West Division.
They are looking to improve next season, and those moves they made this offseason seem to be the start. The team is actively looking for one more starter to add join the mix of Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning, Bundy and Teheran.
Andriese was originally drafted by the Padres in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He was actually more of a sinker/slider pitcher back in his college days, but he managed to develop new skills along with his four-seam fastball and changeup as he went to the MLB.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores