A Look At The Angels In Fall League: Pitching Edition

By Jason Evans

Earlier this week, I took a look at the Angels hitters that are in Arizona Fall League ball. Now it’s time to take a look at the pitchers that the Angels have sent to the league.

Jun 3, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels reliever

Bobby Cassevah

(38) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. The Rangers defeated the Angels 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Buddy Boshers: Boshers is that LOOGY that every bullpen needs. Formerly a starter, Boshers became a full-time reliever this past season and flourished. At multiple minor league levels, Boshers went 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA. He had over a strikeout per inning with 75 in 63.1 innings of work. Opposing hitters hit just .237 against him. He had a 10.7 K/9 rate. Boshers has only pitched 1.1 innings in fall league so far and given up two runs.

Bobby Cassevah: Cassevah was probably the most interesting pick to be put in the league.  Cassevah really struggled at Triple-A this year. He went 4-1, but his ERA was over six. He allowed 79 base-runners in 46 innings and opponents hit over .300 against him. What’s interesting is Cassevah has started in both of his appearances in fall league, earning a win and only giving up two hits in seven innings.

Ryan Chaffee: Chaffe is a bullpen arm that could be someone to watch for during spring and next September. Chaffe this past season at two levels went 7-1 with a 2.60 ERA. He struck out 84 in 65 innings, however, he walked 36 so he needs to work on his control a little bit. Opponents only hit .184 against him for the season. Chaffe has rose from and undrafted player to a fall league participant. Chaffee has played in three games so far in fall league. He’s walked four and given up six hits and three runs in two innings, but has struck out five.

Kevin Johnson: Lastly is Kevin Johnson. He’s a big guy at 6’4” and 240 pounds. Johnson isn’t a big strikeout guy. He only struck out 31 in 63 innings. He moved up to Triple-A during the season, but struggled with an ERA approaching six in 20 games. In Double-A, he fared much better saving 16 games and having a ERA at 2.37. So far in fall league he’s earned a win in two appearances.