As of now, Garrett Richards will anchor the Angels’ rotation next season. After another successful instructional league start, throwing 55 pitches in front of several Angels executives, Garrett is more than confident he will be fully recovered in time for Opening Day 2017.
Pitching in front of GM Billy Eppler, pitching coach Charles Nagy, and owner Arte Moreno, the young ace threw 55 pitches and said he felt as good as ever. His fastball was sinking, his breaking pitches were breaking, and he felt no discomfort at all as he walked off the mound.
There is still a possibility that Richards will receive another stem-cell injection to continue strengthening his UCL, just to be on the safe side.
And in the midst of this great news for the club and it’s fans, this treatment may also set a precedence for future cases of pitchers with torn UCL’s, and avoiding Tommy John Surgery. Another question raised is whether pitchers should be able to use this method when healthy. In any case, this is possibly the best news coming out of what has been a miserable year for the Angels.
Here’s More From The GM’s Office
AJ Achter and Nick Buss have chose to become free agents instead of taking AAA assignment. #Angels
— Trent Schlom (@trentschlom) October 13, 2016
- Achter and Buss designated for assignment after claiming pitchers Blake Parker and Kirby Yates from the New York Yankees last week. After clearing waivers, both were then outrighted to Triple-A, but opted not to go to Salt Lake.
- Achter, 28, was either optioned or DFA’d nine times this past season. In the midst of that, he posted a 3.11 ERA in 37 2/3 innings at the Major League level, but also had an alarming 14:12 K/BB rate.
- The 29-year-old Buss put up a .290/.345/.462 slash in 372 plate appearances at AAA Salt Lake, but didn’t hit at all in his only stint with the big club.
- As for the hurlers the Halos claimed to replace these two, Parker had a 4.67 ERA, with a 7.8 K/9 and a 4.7 BB/9 in 17 1/3 innings for the Yankees. Also in the Bronx Bombers’ bullpen, Yates put up a 5.23 ERA in 41 1/3 innings. However, his peripheral numbers made that ERA look inflated, as he logged a 10.9 K/9 with a 4.1 BB/9, and an average fastball that has risen to 93 MPH. Both pitchers will give the Angels more depth options for their bullpen in 2017.
Projected Arbitration Salaries for 2017
- Garrett Richards (4.148) – $7.0MM
- Shane Robinson (4.124) – $600K
- Kole Calhoun (3.130) – $6.9MM
- Matt Shoemaker (2.156) – $3.8MM
- Cory Rasmus (2.155) – $700K
- Brett Oberholtzer (2.127) – $1.0MM
Exactly $20 million in arbitration. That’s nothing.