The Los Angeles Angels should have an improved bullpen for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Monday 18 March 2013 at 7:33 am

The Angels should have an improved bullpen for the 2013 season.  32-year old righty Ryan Madson was signed over the winter to be the closer for the Angels, but he’s not going to likely be ready on opening day.  Madson missed all of the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery.  Madson pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 4-2 with 32 saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 491 games (18 starts) in his first nine years in the majors and he is 47-30 with 52 saves, a 3.59 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  27-year old righty Ernesto Frieri will likely be the closer if Madson isn’t ready to rock when the season starts.  He pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Angels and Padres last year and he was 5-2 with 23 saves, a 2.32 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 161 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 7-5 with 23 saves, a 2.32 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  37-year old Scott Downs and 30-year old Sean Burnett are going to be the top lefties in the pen for the Angels in 2013.  Downs pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-1 with 9 saves, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Downs has now pitched in 496 games (50 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 34-32 with 26 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Burnett pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Nationals last year and he was 1-2 with 2 saves, a 2.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 354 games (13 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 15-23 with 10 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  28-year old righty Kevin Jepsen pitched in 49 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 3-2 with 2 saves, a 3.02 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Jepsen has now pitched in 196 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 12-13 with 3 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  26-year old righty Michael Kohn will compete with the losers in the competition for jobs in the rotation (Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams) for the last couple of bullpen spots in 2013.  Kohn pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 38 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 2-1 with 2 saves, a 4.01 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

PROJECTION FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  B+

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