The Los Angeles Angels had their minds set on improving their pitching staff this past offseason as they traded former All-Star outfielder Mark Trumbo for two young and unproven pitchers. One of the pitchers they acquired was Tyler Skaggs, and so far he has proven to be worth the risk.
The 22-year-old was seen a pitcher with plenty of potential going into the season, and he has been performing as advertised as he has be displayed continued improvement and become a reliable arm at the back of the starting rotation. He has a 2-0 record with a 3.21 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in four starts.
This includes going at least six innings in each of his outings, and holding a team-best average of pitches-per-inning (13.3). Skaggs has shown glimpse of fulfilling his potential in two of his starts this year, with a dominant season debut and allowing just two runs on three hits over seven IP in his latest outing against the Washington Nationals.
Although he has had a strong start to the season, the 22-year-old has also shown that he must continue to work on his control as he has eight walks, with two of them coming in the third inning of Tuesday’s game to along with a wild pitch that resulted in the two runs. However, Skaggs regained his focus as he did not allow another hit through the next four innings.
What this demonstrates is that the young left hander has displayed consistent improvement in his maturation as a pitcher, and if he continues down that path, it will only lead to good things for the Halos moving forward.