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8:05 PM EST. Needing starters, the Angels announced that 21-year-old Jaime Barria (RHP) will make his major league debut when he starts on April 11 against the Rangers. It's a rapid rise for the youngster who went from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A in 2017, having success along the way with a four-pitch mix that is not plus, but effective enough. The 6'1", 210-pound right-hander will likely only be a back-end of the rotation starter, but that is valuable to the Angels too. Barria's fastball tops out at 94 mph, but he pounds the zone with it. His change-up is solid, as is his low-80s mph curve, and he works in a slider. His strikeout history shows that he won't get a lot of strikeouts, but he can get enough to be effective with his four-pitch mix. He certainly won't hurt himself with walks for his control has always been sharp. He is strong and durable, useful traits for a team looking for healthy pitchers. Yet if he doesn't succeed this time around, he's young enough to head back down to Triple-A and get more innings there. The Angels aren't hoping for a lot with Barria, and other starters are ready to help out soon, but this is a major league arm sooner or later. It's just a matter of how effective he can be, but a No. 5 or No. 4 starter would be very helpful. League average results will suit us just fine here, as the Halos are seeing beach balls over the first two games of this series and this Texas starter is the worst pitcher they’ll see.
The Rangers acquired Matt Moore (LHP) from San Francisco in exchange for two nothing prospects in a move that happens frequently. It is one GM paying back a favor or another GM taking a shot with someone. The Rangers are gambling on a return to at least 2016 form for Moore. In truth, the lefty hasn't even posted league-average skills since his scintillating 2011 debut. At least in 2016, in his first full season back from TJS, Moore's fastball rebounded somewhat, and he got some swings and misses (11%). However, both those took a step back in 2017, however, as did Moore's walk rate. Add in a bit of hit rate misfortune, and his ERA ballooned in response. Now, Moore moves from one of the better home parks in baseball for pitchers to one decidedly more hitter friendly. In two starts in his new digs, Moore has been torched to the tune of 12 hits and 10 earned runs over a lousy 7.1 frames. Both of those starts also came at Globe Life so dude can’t even get out of town here. His groundball rate was 29%, his WHIP was 2.18 and he walked four batters in said seven frames. We’re not sure how anyone looks at Moore’s profile and says, “Yes, gimme some of THAT!"?? If this is the sucker bet of the day, shame on us.
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