Jake Jewell – Minor League Stats – 18-38, ERA 4.93, WHIP 1.51, 377 K’s, 467.1 IP
Jake Jewell will make his major league debut the first time steps on the mound for the Angels. He has slowly came up through the minor league system since being drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 Amateur Draft. Jewell has been rated in the top 20 among Angel Prospects each year until falling to 25th at the beginning of 2018.
Jewell has had trouble being consistent throughout his minor league career. He has a mid-90’s fastball, but does not always spot it well and it gets hit hard when this happens. In 2016 Jewell went 2-15 with a 6.31 for Single-A Inland Empire. He did bounce back somewhat the next year going 7-9 with a 4.54 ERA in 2017 while pitching for Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile.
So the Angels decided to make a change and turn Jewell into a reliever much like they did with current Angels set-up man Justin Anderson. Anderson was struggling as a starter and also had a mid-90’s fastball, but when converted to a reliever in 2017 his fastball jumped to 97-99 mph and now he is having some success for the Angels.
Jewell is doing better in 2018 as a reliever going 2-4, but lowering his ERA to 3.28 in 24 appearances. His WHIP is still higher than you would like at 1.57, but he does have 32 strikeouts in 35.2 innings pitched for Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake City. Jewell has also converted five of six save opportunities as well. We will have to see if he can carry this success with him to Anaheim.