If anyone currently on the roster could be thrown into the starting rotation in the near future, I think the first guy(s) up would be Jaime Barria and Patrick Sandoval.
This is due to the Angels wanting to see what exactly they have in each of these pitchers and if they’re worth keeping around for the future. Both players had a mix of starts and appearances out of the bullpen last summer, but neither made the Opening Day roster. Instead they were optioned to the team’s alternate site.
Angels: This could be a perfect opportunity for Jaime Barria and Patrick Sandoval.
Both have been added to the Angels taxi squad at different times this season with Barria being the only one of the pair to make an appearance so far. On April 15, Barria appeared in relief against the Blue Jays and allowed seven earned runs on six hits while walking four and striking out none through two innings pitched.
Each pitcher was okay in 2020, but neither provided enough consistency for the Halos to feel they were ready to make an immediate jump into the rotation.
- Barria (7 games, 32.1 IP): 3.62 ERA 1.113 WHIP (3.65 FIP)
- Sandoval (9 games. 36.2 IP): 5.65 ERA 1.336 WHIP (5.92 FIP)
Now is the chance for Barria and Sandoval to take advantage of their looming opportunities. With all due respect, I think the consensus is that neither is the pitcher fans want to see right now.