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LA Angels Tyler Skaggs is emerging as staff ace

By David Rice
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 31: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the bottom of the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 31, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 31: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the bottom of the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 31, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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LA Angels pitcher Tyler has always had tremendous potential, but injuries have always seemed to derail Skaggs right when he starts to find his groove.

Tyler Skaggs was a player the LA Angels always saw tremendous potential in. So much so that the Angels drafted Skaggs in the first round of the 2009 Supplemental Draft with the 40th pick overall.  The Angels then traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 for right-handed pitcher Dan Haren.

Skaggs pitched parts of two seasons in the majors with the Diamondbacks in 2012 and 2013, before the Angels reacquired him along with Hector Santiago for Mark Trumbo in the winter of 2013. Skaggs pitched well in 2014 until he succumbed to a torn UCL in his left elbow which required Tommy John Surgery putting Skaggs out until late 2016.

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Until last season Skaggs had never started more than 20 games in a season.  Skaggs started 24 games for the Angels last season and he showed some signs of being a dominant top-of-the-rotation starter for most of the season.  Skaggs went 8-10 last season with a 4.02 ERA.  If not for his final two starts Skaggs era would have been under 3 runs per game.

This season the injury bug hit Skaggs again as he turned his ankle which caused him to miss two starts.  Since Skaggs has been back he has been lights out in his two starts.  In 11 innings of work he has given up seven hits and two earned runs with six walks and 10 strikeouts in picking up two victories.

Overall Skaggs is 3-2 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Skaggs may finally be coming into his own and hopefully he will continue to pitch well all season.  This will go a long way in helping the Angels make the playoffs.

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In the past week Skaggs is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.  For his efforts Skaggs is the Halo Hangout Pitcher of the Week. Great job Tyler keep it up!!!

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