The Angels have acquired 26-year old righty reliever Ernesto Frieri from the Padres for 23-year old 2B/OF Alexi Amarista and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Donn Roach. Frieri pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Padres this year and he was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He has an amazing 18 whiffs in only 11 2/3 innings so far this year. Frieri has pitched in 105 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 3-3 with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has only allowed 78 hits while whiffing 137 batters in his first 108 1/3 innings in the majors, and those are really impressive numbers. Frieri has walked 56 batters in his career so far, so he’s going to need to tighten up his control to have success in the A.L. Frieri will be pitching at the back end of the Angels’ bullpen.
Alexi Amarista came into this season as the Angels’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 18 games in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 21 for 77 (.273 avg, .692 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Amarista also played in 1 game for the Angels as a pinch runner and he scored a run but didn’t bat. He played in 24 games in his two years with the Angels and he was 8 for 52 (.154 avg, .432 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs. Donn Roach came into this season as the Angels’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 6 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Angels this year and he was 5-0 wit a 2.16 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.
Ernesto Frieri didn’t come cheap, but I like the move for the Angels as they needed bullpen help pretty badly.