Troy Percival was probably the best reliever in Los Angeles/California Angels’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 May 2011 at 10:05 pm

The Angels knew they really had something with righty reliever Troy Percival during his rookie year. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the California Angels in 1995 and he was 3-2 with 3 saves, a 1.95 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. He only gave up 37 hits in 74 innings in 1995 and he had 94 whiffs. The Angels thought enough of him to make him the closer in 1996 and the rest is history. Percival’s best season came back in 2002 when he worked in 58 games (0 starts) for the Angels in which he was 4-1 with 40 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He only gave up 38 hits in his 56 1/3 innings that year while whiffing 68 batters. Percival pitched in 579 games (0 starts) in his 10 years with the Angels and he was 29-38 with 316 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He whiffed 680 batters in only 586 2/3 innings with the Angels while only allowing 393 hits, which shows just how dominating he was. Percival is still the Angels’ all-time leader in saves (316) and games pitched (579.

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