Skaggs Bouncing Back… Again

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P-JAYS10MAY TORONTO, ON- MAY 10 – Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) pitching during the game. Toronto Blue Jays lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Angels at the Rogers Centre May 10, 2014. David Cooper/Toronto Star

The Angels are still sorting out their starting rotation for 2017, and have a couple of bounce-back candidates that are vital to the club’s chances to compete. With Garrett Richards making strides toward a healthy and productive season, another starter who is heading in the right direction is lefty Tyler Skaggs.

 

With four innings of one-run ball in Saturday’s spring game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tyler only allowed four hits and struck out three. This added to a string of three sharp outings since going back down briefly with shoulder soreness as he was getting his arm back into a starter’s routine. That was after his fastball velocity dropped into the high eighties quickly in his first outing.

 

Skaggs’ fastball is currently clocked at 90-94 miles per hour. And the 25-year old hopes to get up to around eighty pitches in his next start.

The Halos have yet to announce their rotation. However, at this point all eyes are looking at him locking down a spot.