Last season Los Angeles Angels was filled with plenty of struggles from their pitching staff that was ranked at the bottom of the league in several statistical pitching categories.
The Angels’ young and inexperienced bullpen was a major part of that problem, but with a clean slate and a fresh start this upcoming season, their young relievers are looking to make a name for themselves.
This is where Michael Kohn steps in.
The two-year veteran, in the 2013 season, appeared in 63 games where he had a 1-4 record with a 3.74 ERA, 52 strikeouts, 28 walks allowed, 1.32 WHIP and eight holds in 53.0 innings pitched.
After struggling in his second appearance of the season on April 24, where he gave up two runs in one inning of relief against the Texas Rangers in a 11-3 loss, Kohn was an effective pitcher for the next two months as he pitched lights out baseball. That was evident by his 1.74 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched in May and a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched in June.
Over this two-month stretch he gave up just three runs in 24 appearances that amounted to a 1.42 ERA with only nine hits allowed in 19 innings pitched. But like the success of the Angels last season, it was short lived, as he struggled on the mound from July through September by posting no lower than a 4.63 in any of the three months.
Although the 27-year-old struggled to find any consistency through the latter part of the season, his dominance early in the year show that he has some promise.
With the Halos fixated on improving their pitching staff for this upcoming season, Kohn can be a part of that change as he can prove to the team that he has left last year’s struggles behind him and use it as motivation to help him recapture his dominant form that he had last May and June.
If Kohn is able to be some essence of the pitcher he was early in the 2013 season or near his 2010 season form where he had a 2.11 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched, it would greatly help solidify the middle portion of the bullpen that transitions over to the later innings of a game.
With arms such as Dane De La Rosa and Joe Smith out of the bullpen, Kohn could be an additional piece to the puzzle that helps solve their pitching woes for this upcoming season.