LA Angels: 5 promising facts about the young core
By Lake Lutes
No. 5 promising fact about the LA Angels’ young core: Austin Warren has an 81.3% left-on-base percentage in 16 IP
The 17th pick in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, Austin Warren was not regarded as one of the top draft prospects coming out of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Even after being drafted, Warren has never been ranked as a top 30 prospect in the Angels farm system. In his debut on July 29th against Oakland, Warren struck out a batter while walking none and allowing no hits.
Since then, Warren hasn’t looked back. In recent years, the Angels have really struggled with allowing inherited runners to score out of the bullpen, and Warren has been a breath of fresh air. He has allowed only one of seven inherited runners to score, leading to a 81.3% LOB%, while the MLB average is 71%. He looks like a guy who could be a back-end of the bullpen piece for years to come for the Halos.
The Angels young core hasn’t looked this good in years, including Jose Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, and Jared Walsh not mentioned in this article. With a healthy Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon to provide mentorship and stability to some of the young players’ ups and downs, 2022 could be a year that many of these young studs experience monumental growth – and Angels fans are here for it.