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17 Chris Iannetta C
Height/Weight: 6-0/230 | Birthdate: 4/8/1983 | Birthplace: Providence, RI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: North Carolina | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $5,050,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/3 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Angels' Chris Iannetta and Efren Navarro starting Thursday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Rays. 

Iannetta gets the start over Carlos Perez and will bat eighth. Iannetta is only hitting .169 this season. 

Outfielder Efren Navarro is getting the start in left field with Matt Joyce assuming designated hitter duties. 


Angels' Chris Iannetta back in lineup for Carlos Perez in series-finale


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees. 

Iannetta appeared in the ninth inning in Saturday's 8-2 loss and struck out. He's hitting .174 this season. With Iannetta back in the lineup, catcher Carlos Perez will head back to the bench for Sunday's game. 

Perez is hitting .283 in 19 games. 


Angels C Chris Iannetta goes 2 for 3 in win over Tigers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/31/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta's bat has begun to heat up recently. He went 2 for 3 in his team's 4-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

During his last four games, Iannetta is hitting .357 with five hits and four RBI.


Angels' Chris Iannetta delivers grand slam in win Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went 2 for 4 with a grand slam in his team's 12-2 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Iannetta put the cherry on top of a blowout win for the Angels with his seventh-inning slam, which increased the Angels' lead to 11 runs before the Tigers were able to get one back in the ninth. It was the fourth grand slam of the catcher's career.

Iannetta has hit just .178/.263/.307 with 13 RBI in 101 at-bats, but all three of his home runs have come in his last eight games.


Angels C Chris Iannetta slugs three-run homer against Red Sox


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta belted a three-run home run on Friday in his team's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

Ianetta's home run was just his second long-ball of the season, but it came in a solid 1 for 3 performance with two walks and three RBI.

Ianetta is hitting .172/.263/.276 with two home runs and nine RBI in 87 at-bats this season.


Angels C Chris Iannetta out of lineup on Wednesday vs. Blue Jays


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Despite is recent hot hitting, Angels catcher Chris Iannetta finds himself on the bench for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. After getting off to a dreadful start, Iannetta has started to turn things around, as he is currently riding a modest four-game hitting streak. He is 8 for 15 with a home run and five RBI in that four-game span.

Nevertheless, Carlos Perez will draw the start behind the plate, spelling Iannetta. 


Angels' Chris Iannetta collects three hits, homers vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went 3 for 4 with his first home run of the season in his team's 10-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday.

Iannetta doubled home a run in the fourth inning then slugged a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning, scoring the final run in a wild game that featured a combined 29 hits and 11 pitchers combined.

"I could see things starting to go my way," Iannetta said to MLB.com. "Normally it starts with walks, but I'm not going to walk if I'm not swinging. There's no fear to come over the plate if I'm not going to do anything with it. Guys are coming right at me, and I wasn't able to put it in play. Now it's getting a little better, so we'll see. I'm seeing it well. That's all that matters."

He has hit .156/.241/.234 with five RBI in 77 at-bats.


Angels' Chris Iannetta, Marc Krauss spur team's comeback win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) With the Angels down 1-0 in the top of the seventh in Saturday's game against the Orioles, the Halos took the lead thanks to some unlikely heroes. 

Catcher Chris Iannetta and designated hitter Marc Krauss had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh to give the Angels a 2-1 lead. They would add to that and defeated the Orioles by a score of 6-1. 

Iannetta had a pair of singles on the evening and brought his season average up to .123 and he also scored a run. 

Krauss' single was his only hit in three at-bats, but it brought in the go-ahead run. It was his first hit and RBI since being added to the roster on Tuesday.


Angels' Carlos Perez settling in to starting role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Angels catcher Carlos Perez started for the sixth time in an eight-game span on Wednesday and went 1 for 4 at the plate, making him 7 for 22 with one home run and four RBI since joining the major-league roster.

"Any time a player plays well, you're going to earn more playing time," manager Mike Scioscia said before Wednesday's game, per MLB.com. "That's what Carlos has shown."

Chris Iannetta had a batting average below .100 at the time Perez was called up and has hit just .101/.203/.116 in 69 at-bats.

"Chris understands the start he got off to, he understands the need for us to get a little bit of production behind the plate, and he also understands how well Carlos has played when he's been out there," Scioscia said. "Chris has confidence in the way he can play, and hopefully we're going to see some signs of it when he gets his opportunity."

While Scioscia indicated that "we're going to need them both," Perez appears to be settling into a regular role while he continues to produce at the plate.


Angels C Chris Iannetta ends hitless drought


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta didn't hit the ball hard, but he did just enough to end a 14 at-bat hitless drought Sunday in Los Angeles' win. 

Iannetta's infield single in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie, one week after his last hit, which ended an 0-for-21 slide. 

"That last at-bat, I fouled two pitches straight back I wouldn't have handled a week ago," said Iannetta, who said he feels he's coming out of his long drought. "It's all about seeing pitches. When I start seeing pitches, the way I can, it relaxes me."


Angels' Chris Iannetta, Matt Joyce return to starting lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Two Angels regulars who have been out of the starting lineup recently returned to their normal spots for Sunday's game. 

Catcher Chris Iannetta, who has started 21 games this year, returns to the lineup for just the second time in the last six games. He'll bat ninth. 

Matt Joyce returns to left field for the first time in seven games. He'll bat cleanup. 


Carlos Perez in, Chris Iannetta out of Angels lineup Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) If recent lineups are any indication, the starting job could be slipping away from scuffling Angels catcher Chris Iannetta.

Iannetta has been benched for the third time in four games for the Friday night game against Houston. Carlos Perez is set to start instead.

Iannetta did himself no favors with another hitless performance Thursday. He is 1-for-25 over his last eight games and owns a .091/.197/.106 slash line on the year.


Angels C Chris Iannetta returns to starting lineup Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Catcher Chris Iannetta is back in the starting lineup for the Angels on Thursday. Iannetta sat out the last two games while rookie Carlos Perez drew the start. The veteran Iannetta is hitting an ugly .094 on the year, and has gone 0 for 5 lifetime against Astros' starter Collin McHugh.

Angels C Carlos Perez could be earning more playing time


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Angels catcher Carlos Perez made such an impression on his ballclub, and the sport, with his walk-off heroics on Tuesday, that there was very little doubt whether or not the rookie would be back in the lineup on Wednesday.

Well, he was. And despite going 0 for 3, questions are starting to arrise in regards to how manager Mike Scioscia will divide the playing time between Perez and incumbent starter Chris Iannetta, according to The Orange County Register.

“We're going to need them both, so whatever it turns out to be, it turns out to be. ... Obviously when a guy plays well, you can earn more playing time,” Scioscia said.

Perez, who is just 24 years of age, was hitting well in Triple-A before his call-up, owning a very impressive .361/.418/.556 batting line in 17 games. Perez also threw out his first baserunner on Wednesday night, after recording seven in Triple-A this year.

Meanwhile, Iannetta has been struggling at the Major League level, hitting just .094 with one extra base hit entering play on Thursday. The Angels will likely give Perez several good looks behind the plate in the coming weeks.


Angels C Carlos Perez makes MLB debut on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Angels catcher Carlos Perez will make his Major League debut on Tuesday against the Mariners. Perez will be the starting catcher, batting eighth for manager Mike Scioscia.

The 24-year-old was recalled from Triple-A on Monday, after hitting .361 in 72 at-bats with the Salt Lake Bees. 

Regular catcher Chris Iannetta has struggled mightedly this year, batting a putrid .094 with just one double on the season. 


Angels' Chris Iannetta bats ninth in interleague game, snaps 0-for-21 skid


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went 1 for 3 on Sunday to snap an 0-for-21 slump.

Iannetta hit ninth in the batting order with pitcher Jered Weaver hitting eighth in the interleague game, marking the first time in Angels' history a starting pitcher batter No. 8.

Angels bat Chris Iannetta ninth, behind pitcher


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta will hit ninth in the order in Sunday's interleague game at San Francisco, one spot behind the pitcher. 

Starting pitcher Jered Weaver, who has a .118/.167/.118 career slash line at the plate, will hit eighth. His last base hit was in 2012. 


Angels' Chris Iannetta, Matt Joyce still working out of slumps


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta and outfielder Matt Joyce still haven't connected strongly at the plate this season. Joyce ripped a 400-foot bomb in Saturday's game, but much like his season so far, it didn't have enough power to get out of the park, according to the L.A. Times.

"The game is ruthless sometimes," Joyce said. "It doesn't necessarily care how well you're doing or what your numbers are, but you just have to keep showing up, man. Keep going, keep grinding, keep trying to work good at-bats and square the ball up, and hopefully things will turn around."

Iannetta hasn't seen much better results, hitting just .086 with 22 strikeouts so far this season.

"It's very frustrating. I'm hitting in the cage, doing early work, talking with coaches, teammates … everything I can possibly do to help myself, I'm doing. For whatever reason, things are off," Iannetta said.


Scioscia: Angels C Chris Iannetta pressing at the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta, who is in a season-long slump, is putting too much pressure on himself to emerge from said slump.

That is the belief of Mike Scioscia, who has seen Iannetta's batting average fall to a microscopic .093 after a hitless Wednesday in which he struck out twice.

"If you want to define pressing, you're going to just point to Chris right now," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "This guy wants to help so bad. He takes on the burden of the whole game plan and what he does behind the plate. He's done a good job with that. And at the plate, he's just really struggling to get anything to fall in. He expanded the zone a little bit (Wednesday), which a little bit unlike him. He'll get it going."

Aside from a 3-for-8 stretch over two games in mid-April that appeared to get him rolling, Iannetta has just two hits in 46 at-bats on the year.


Angels catcher Chris Iannetta out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is out of the lineup Tuesday with Drew Butera drawing the start behind the plate, the team announced. 

Iannetta and Butera have been splitting starts of late, with Butera drawing his third start in the last five games Tuesday. He is hitting .182 in 11 at-bats this season.


Angels' Grant Green starting at second base Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The Angels will start Grant Green at second base Saturday, giving Johnny Giavotella just his second day off of the season, the team announced.

Green, who was called up by Los Angeles Friday, lost out on the position battle in spring training to Giavotella and is hitting .328 with four doubles and three triples in 61 at-bats so far this season for Triple-A. 

Also in the starting lineup Saturday is Matt Joyce and Drew Butera, giving Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta the day off. The Angels are currently the favorites Saturday (-160) against the Rangers.


Angels catcher Chris Iannetta returns to the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta will return to the lineup Monday against the Athletics after getting the day off Sunday, the team announced.

Iannetta was replaced by Drew Butera Sunday and has played all but two games so far for Los Angeles. He will bat eighth Monday and is hitting .118 with three runs scored in 34 at-bats this season.


Drew Butera replaces Chris Iannetta in Angels' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Iannetta is getting a rest day and will be replaced in the lineup by Drew Butera, who will bat eighth. Butera will be playing in his fourth game of the year. 


Angels' Chris Iannetta getting tips on how to frame pitches better


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is working on improving his ability to frame pitches at the plate by watching video of catchers who do it well and asking umpires for advice this spring, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Iannetta ranked 87th out of 105 catchers in gaining extra strikes last season, with a minus-19 grade, according to Baseball Prospectus. He's seeking to finish in the top-10 this season.

"I'm really trying to work on it," Iannetta said. "Some of the numbers last year are not where I want them to be, and that was surprising.

"I get really good reviews from umpires in what I do and how I work, and I see some discrepancies. It's disappointing. So my goal is to get as good as I can, to be in the top five, top 10."


Scioscia: Chris Iannetta will start 100-115 games for Angels


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta won't see an increase in playing time behind the plate this season. 

Iannetta caught 104 games for the Angels last year, starting 92, but Hank Conger, who caught 79 games last year, was dealt in the offseason.

Despite that, Angles manager Mike Scioscia told MLB.com, "Anywhere from 100 to 115" games would be the ideal workload for Iannetta. 

Iannetta hit .252 with seven home runs and 43 RBI last year.