One of the big question marks heading into this year’s spring training for the Los Angeles Angels was if Tyler Skaggs could hold his own as a starting pitcher for the team.
Well, so far that doesn’t appear to be looking good for the 25-year-old.
Skaggs struggled in his first start in spring training on Tuesday as he allowed two runs on three hits and also walked two batters in 2.1 innings pitched against the Texas Rangers. After pitching two scoreless innings, he faltered in the third inning as he gave up a lead off single followed by a walk and another single that resulted in a run scored. He would then walk the next batter before getting taken out of the game.
The sequence of the third inning is a bit concerning for the Halos as Skaggs was unable to maintain his composure on the mound after allowing the Rangers to get runners on base as his pitching control worsened in the situation. The right-hander has had his fair share of struggles so far in his major league career as he has a 5.43 ERA in 13 starts over the last two years.
Skaggs’ pitching woes should not be a surprise for Los Angeles as they knew when they acquired the 25-year-old this past offseason that he would be a work in progress. Although he had struggled in the latter portion of his start, he did, however, show a glimpse of promise from his first two innings pitched by getting out six of the seven batters he faced.
So heading forward for Skaggs, the Angels should expect games like what occurred on Tuesday where they will get the good (two scoreless innings) and the bad (two runs, two walks allowed in the third inning) throughout the season as he continues to develop further as a pitcher.
There is no doubting Skaggs has the talent to be a solid pitcher in the majors; it is just a matter of him continuing to improve and build off of any success he has this spring training by hopefully carrying it into the upcoming regular season.