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45 Tyler Skaggs SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/197 | Birthdate: 7/13/1991 | Birthplace: Woodland Hills, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 70/36 | Average Draft Position: 231.66
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Tyler Skaggs pitches seven two-run innings vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 7-2 win over the Nationals Tuesday.

Skaggs (2-0) was staked to a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a quality start, needing just 94 pitches to get through seven innings despite showing a little wildness with four walks. He owns a 3.21 ERA and 16:8 K:BB ratio in 28 innings. Skaggs is slated to face the Indians at home Monday.


Tyler Skaggs surrenders four runs in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs gave up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out two but didn't factor into the decision in his team's extra-innings game against the A's Wednesday.

After a double scored one run in the fourth inning, Skaggs served up a three-run home run to put the Angels in a 4-0 deficit from which they didn't recover until the bottom of the ninth inning. He's given up four runs in each of his last two outings, leaving him with a 3.43 ERA and 11:4 K:BB ratio in 21 innings. Skaggs is slated to face the Nationals in Washington Tuesday.


Early indicators look great for Tyler Skaggs


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4/15/2014) When reports from the Angels' spring training camp indicated that Tyler Skaggs was throwing with more velocity, Fantasy owners took note. The lefty was a popular late-round flier, even though he was coming off a disappointing 2013 season in both the majors and the minors.

Higher velocity alone doesn't guarantee strikeouts, and in turn, strikeouts don't guarantee Fantasy value. The good news for Skaggs' current and potential owners is that, in addition to putting up some nice Fantasy stats, he has compiled supporting stats that suggest he could enjoy continued success. Though he has struggled with command at times, Skaggs has thrown 66 percent of his pitches in his first two starts for strikes, and that's been reflected in his issuing of one walk in 15 innings.

The one worry that Skaggs' owners might have is his relative lack of strikeouts (only nine to date), but the Ks should come in a matter of time. Skaggs' average fastball velocity is down a touch from the spring, but it's still hovering around 93 mph, according to BrooksBaseball.net. He is also averaging spin rates on his two- and four-seamers that are close to 200 rpm higher than they were last season (per TexasLeaguers.com). As former major league pitcher Zach Day noted in a Baseball Prospectus piece this offseason, spin correlates positively with swings-and-misses. It also correlates with higher flyball rates, so Skaggs' current 60 percent ground ball rate and 0.60 HR/9 ratio are probably extreme flukes.

Still, even with more homers in his future, Skaggs could benefit his owners with a higher strikeout rate to go along with a low WHIP. If the home runs don't get out of control, he could help with ERA, too, which would make him worth using in standard mixed leagues.


Tyler Skaggs fails to factor into decision vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs failed to factor into the decision Friday night against the Mets. The left-hander surrendered four runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out four over seven innings pitched.

Skaggs owns a 2.40 ERA with a 9:1 K:BB ratio in 15 innings pitched through his first two starts. He'll make his next start Wednesday at home against Oakland.

Tyler Skaggs needs more owners


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/7/2014) There was a time not too long ago when Tyler Skaggs was considered an elite pitching prospect. In both 2012 and 2013, in fact, Baseball America ranked him among the top 15 prospects overall -- ahead of both Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley, who have already been hyped to the hills in Fantasy.

So I was surprised Skaggs' eight shutout innings at Houston over the weekend didn't attract more attention in Fantasy -- surprised and happy to take advantage.

Granted, he lost some of his luster last year with a poor showing in the minors. It's why the Angels, his original team, were able to get him back from the Diamondbacks this offseason. But he's said he was messed up mechanically then and showed it with improved velocity this spring. After averaging 89.2 mph on his fastball in seven major-league starts last year, Skaggs was at 92.1 Saturday, which would have made him the seventh hardest-throwing left-handed starting pitcher last year.

Over the course of his minor-league career, control wasn't so much of an issue for Skaggs, so I wouldn't say he's at risk of going the way of Bauer. He's still unproven, of course, but knowing how good he could be, now might be your last chance to get him for nothing. I'd rank him just behind James Paxton in terms of starting pitchers whose first starts revealed the most.


Tyler Skaggs adds two-seam fastball to repertoire


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs was stellar in his season debut Saturday against the Astros, tossing eight scoreless innings in a 5-1 win. During the outing, Skaggs unveiled a sinking two-seam fastball, which played a huge part in his success against Houston.

"That's what you have to do -- you have to keep your secret weapon in your back pocket," Skaggs said, per The Los Angeles Times. "I don't think any of the teams knew that. I don't even think the Angels knew I had one, honestly."

Skaggs said he threw his two-seamer "90 percent of the time" Saturday, as he set up his curveball and changeup.

"That's why you see all those 90- and 91-mph [fastballs] instead of 93 and 94," Skaggs said. "They kept swinging at it, so why not get outs early in the count and throw some two-seamers? I threw it in the bullpen and it was good. It turned out to be a plus pitch for me today."


Tyler Skaggs hurls eight strong innings in win over Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs put together a dominant performance on Saturday, earning his first win of the season in a 5-1 victory over the Astros.

Skaggs (1-0) allowed a run to score on an error by John McDonald in the opening frame for his only blemish of the night. He yielded one unearned run on four hits and no walks while striking out five over eight innings pitched. 63 of his 95 pitches thrown were called for strikes.

Skaggs will make his second start Friday at home against the Mets.

Tyler Skaggs reaching new speeds with his fastball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who won a spot in the team's rotation, was clocked throwing 95 mph during his spring start Saturday against the Dodgers, according to The Orange County Register.

Skaggs has thrown 521 four-seam fastballs in his MLB career and, according to PITCHf/x data, none of them has been clocked at more than 93.

"This is the hardest I’ve thrown in a long time," Skaggs said.

Manager Mike Scioscia is eager to see what Skaggs can bring to the rotation.

"He’s a terrific talent that is still improving. He’s not the finished product, but he’s ready for the challenge," Scioscia said. "He’s gonna figure things out. He’s too good."


Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs earn final two rotation spots


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Angels pitchers Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs were awarded the final two spots in the rotation, according to the Los Angeles Times in Saturday.

Skaggs went 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA and a 19:12 K:BB in 23 2/3 innings this spring. Richards posted a 3.47 ERA and 15:4 K:BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings.

Tyler Skaggs ends spring with 4.94 ERA


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs failed to make it past the fourth inning during Saturday's exhibition game against the Dodgers.

Skaggs surrendered a two-run double to Chone Figgins in the third inning for his only blemish of the night. He yielded two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over 3 2/3 innings. He finished spring with 4.94 ERA and a 19:12 K:BB over 23 2/3 innings.

Tyler Skaggs earns win vs. Giants Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs surrendered two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 11-4 win over the Giants Monday.

Skaggs moves to 2-1 this spring, but that record comes with a 4.95 ERA and 13:10 K:BB ratio in 20 innings. He's thought to be the favorite for the final spot in the Angels' rotation despite the rocky spring.


Tyler Skaggs roughed up by White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Angels right-hander Tyler Skaggs continued Wednesday to provide doubt in justifying handing him a spot in the rotation.

Skaggs surrendered five earned runs on seven hits in four innings against an albeit starting White Sox lineup. He pitched two shutout innings before collapsing the second time around the lineup. Among the hits given up was a two-run homer to Jose Abreu.

He has now yielded 10 earned runs and 19 hits in 14 1/3 innings this spring.


Tyler Skaggs likely fifth starter despite inconsistency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Angels would like 22-year-old Tyler Skaggs to earn the fifth starting spot out of spring training, but he has certainly not taken the job and run with it. He should land a place in the rotation, but his spring numbers do not bring confidence in his ability to keep it.

Skaggs owns a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. He has struck out nine but has also yielded 12 hits and four walks. He is coming off an effort against San Diego in which he gave up three runs and eight hits in four innings.

The left-hander, who was shipped to Anaheim in the Mark Trumbo deal, concerned Arizona officials late last year with a dip in velocity, but a return to his old delivery brought back some zip. Now it's a matter of finding consistency and control.

"I'm focused on getting back to myself mentally and physically," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I came in not to open up eyes but to get my work in, go about my business."

Skaggs is currently listed as the fifth starter. He has been aided in his desire to land a spot by the inconsistency of veteran rotation contender Joe Blanton, who was hit hard in his last outing.


Tyler Skaggs rocked by Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs could find himself in a battle with resurgent Joe Blanton for the final rotation spot if he continues to perform as he did Friday. He did himself no favors against San Diego, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in four innings.

Skaggs walked none and struck out four, but gave up a lot of hard-hit balls.


Tyler Skaggs goes four scoreless against Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs took a step in the right direction on Sunday, enjoying a solid outing against the Reds in Cactus League action.

Skaggs allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out three over four scoreless innings pitched. He has allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings pitched this spring.

Tyler Skaggs surrenders two runs in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs gave up two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two in 2 1/3 innings in his spring debut Tuesday as the Angels defeated the Rangers, 7-4.

"I was just happy to get back on the mound," Skaggs told MLB.com after the start. "The season ended kind of sour for me last year. It felt really good to go out there and let it fly."

Skaggs made 13 starts with Arizona over the past two seasons before being dealt to the Angels this offseason. He's competing to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter.


Tyler Skaggs goes back to old pitching mechanics


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was acquired in an offseason trade from Arizona, said he's gone back to his old pitching mechanics after making some changes last year, per MLB.com. Skaggs said he's going back to slowing down the tempo during his windup and lengthening the stride in his delivery.

"It's also a little less herky-jerky," Skaggs said. "And the longer stride allows me to get a little bit more velocity and that helps everything else out. I'm a lot more comfortable."

Skaggs was pleased with how he threw after throwing live batting practice for the first time this spring Saturday.

"Everything felt really good," Skaggs said. "The curveball was there and the fastball was really jumping out of my hand (Saturday)."


Angels consider adding SP, but content with rotation alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Los Angeles remains interested in free agent pitcher Matt Garza, according to the Los Angeles Times.

However, Dipoto added he would also be satisfied going into spring training with a rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs, with Mark Mulder, Joe Blanton and Wade LeBlanc also in the mix competing for a spot in the rotation.

"We do like our pitching staff and the depth we’ve been able to come up with," Dipoto said. "We know there is some uncertainty with a handful of young pitchers as they learn the league, but we believe in their ability.

"The year Hector had last year was pretty good. The second-half surge we saw from Richards was very encouraging. Skaggs is a 22-year-old  who has done what he can in the minor leagues, and we believe he’s ready for opportunity."


Report: White Sox, D-Backs and Angels complete three-team deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) A three-team deal involving the White Sox, Diamondbacks and Angels has been completed, according to the azcentral.com.

The Angels will receive pitcher Hector Santiago from Chicago and pitcher Tyler Skaggs from Arizona. The White Sox will receive outfielder Adam Eaton, and the Diamondbacks will get outfielder Mark Trumbo. Arizona will also receive two PTBNL, one from Chicago and one from Los Angeles.


White Sox involved in three-team deal with Angels, Diamondbacks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) The White Sox are involved in a three-team deal involving the Angels and Diamondbacks, according to ESPN.

The Angels and Diamondbacks have been discussing a potential deal for outfielder Mark Trumbo, and now the White Sox are said to be involved. Chicago would offer pitcher Hector Santiago to the Angels, and receive outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona. The Angels would ship Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, and would likely receive a pitcher, possibly Tyler Skaggs or Trevor Cahill.


Angels, Diamondbacks discussing Mark Trumbo


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) The Angels and Diamondbacks have a potential deal on the table that would outfielder Mark Trumbo to Arizona, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The D-Backs would send pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Cahill to the Angels. Trumbo hit .234/.294/.453 in 620 at-bats last season. Cahill posted a 3.99 ERA in 146 2/3 innings. Skaggs had a brief stint in the majors last season, putting up a 5.12 ERA in 38 2/3 innings.


Diamondbacks concerned with Tyler Skaggs' mechanics


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2013) The Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks plan to work with Tyler Skaggs this offseason to help him rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers speculated on the factors contributing to Skaggs' performance, which include reduced velocity and changes in the lefty's delivery.

Towers wants to bring Skaggs back to Arizona after the season to figure out why he appears to be more upright in his delivery and to help him to rediscover his prior form. Skaggs was 2-3 with a 5.12 ERA in seven starts with the Diamondbacks and 6-10 with a 4.59 ERA in 19 games (17 starts) with Triple-A Reno.


Tyler Skaggs sent back to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Skaggs was optioned to Triple-A Reno Wednesday, according to MLB.com. Skaggs was recalled Monday and made no appearances before being demoted Wednesday.

Diamondbacks recall Tyler Skaggs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) The Diamondbacks recalled pitcher Tyler Skaggs from Triple-A Reno Monday. He takes the roster spot of Zeke Spruill, who was scheduled to start Friday.

Skaggs has made seven starts with the Diamondbacks, going 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 36:15 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.


Tyler Skaggs doesn't gain value


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/31/2013) The Diamondbacks freed up a spot in their rotation by trading Ian Kennedy to the Padres Thursday, but don't expect them to call on top prospect Tyler Skaggs to fill it.

The Diamondbacks needed to clear a spot just to make room for Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) and Trevor Cahill (hip), who are both deep into rehab assignments and due back from the DL shortly.

Skaggs had his chance to claim a rotation spot when Cahill first went down in late June, but he got outpitched by Randall Delgado. It doesn't mean he won't be back at some point -- perhaps even this year -- but it does mean he's probably not worth rostering in standard mixed leagues right now.