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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: 9 | Salary: $5,050,000 | Owned/Started%: 14/10 | Average Draft Position: 278.33
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Chris Iannetta going through season on roller coaster ride


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Just call him Chris "Every Other Game" Iannetta.

Angels catcher Chris Iannetta has been experiencing an unusual trend since late April. He seems to get a hit only every game. Just once since April 23 and April 26 has he recorded a hit in successive games. Yet he has only once got hitless in back-to-back games.

The result of this strange trend has been decent productivity. Iannetta has used his patience and eye at the plate for 21 walks and a strong .370 on-base percentage.


Chris Iannetta homers again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta homered for the second time in three games Sunday, hitting a tiebreaking solo shot in a 4-3 win over the Royals. Iannetta finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, raising his average to .248/.369/.455 in 101 at-bats.

Chris Iannetta ready for daily league action


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/14/2014) With a .225 batting average and a timeshare arrangement at catcher with Hank Conger, Chris Iannetta might not be the most obvious play for daily league owners. However, the Angels' backstop has a long history of hitting lefties much better than righties, as he sports a respectable .250/.366/..439 slash line over his career versus southpaws.

Iannetta is scheduled to face three lefties during the upcoming four-game series with the Rays. While you should probably sit him on Sunday against ace David Price, he should have productive starts on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, against Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos.

Who are some other widely-available hitters who are useful in daily leagues against lefties? I spotlighted a few on our Fantasy Baseball Today blog. Even weekly league owners could have an occasional use for this handful of hitters.


Chris Iannetta hits first homer in month in Saturday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit his first home run since April 12 and added a single to help his team beat Toronto on Saturday.

Iannetta launched a two-run blast to left in the second inning to give the Angels the lead for good. His big game ended a 1-for-10 skid.


Chris Iannetta walks off Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit a walkoff home run Wednesday against the Athletics.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Iannetta hit the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz out to center field for the solo shot. It was Iannetta's first hit since the second inning of the game. He was also hit by a pitch, reaching base three times.

Iannetta finished the night 2 for 5, with two runs scored and one RBI.


Chris Iannetta credits success to contact lenses


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said the reason he was able to finish strong last season was because he started using contact lenses, according to MLB.com.

Iannetta hit .246/.362/.413 over the second half of the season, which was an upgrade over his .211/.356/.347 first half performance. He may head into camp as the team's starting catcher, but should face competition from Hank Conger. If contacts can improve his contact rate, Iannetta might be able to hold off Conger for a couple months.


Blue Jays interested in Chris Iannetta


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/21/2013) The Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays may look to trade for Angels catcher Chris Iannetta. The 30-year-old still has two years left on a three-year deal.

In his second season with the Angels, Iannetta played in 115 games and batted .225 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.


Chris Iannetta on a tear for Angels


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta drove in two runs and recorded three hits during a rout in Toronto Tuesday night. Iannetta hit his ninth HR of the season in the sixht inning for a two-run shot. 

Iannetta went 3 for 4 in the game with a double and two runs scored. He's batting .225 for the Angels on the season. The backstop has hit in five straight games and six of his last seven with three homers and five RBI over that stretch. 


Chris Iannetta sits Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Yankees. 

It looked like Iannetta was starting to lose his spot to Hank Conger, but he's received the majority of the playing time since the All-Star break. He's hitting .213/.356/.336 in 253 at-bats. 


Chris Iannetta re-emerges as Angels' primary catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Chris Iannetta has taken over again as the Angels' primary catcher. After a stretch where Hank Conger was starting against right-handed pitchers, Iannetta has started 12 of 19 games since the All-Star break and seven of the last eight games through Tuesday.

"Hank's going to get time," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "Chris' defense is starting to play a lot more, and that's important. At the plate, he's been pretty consistent with what he's done. He's taken his walks, I think he's starting to feel a little more comfortable in the batter's box. But, I think on the defensive side, he's doing a good job."


Chris Iannetta on the bench Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Rangers.

Iannetta and Hank Conger have been splitting time recently, and Conger will get the nod Monday. Iannetta is hitting .208/.358/.335 in 212 at-bats. 


Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger splitting time


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger have split time right down the middle over the past 36 games.

Iannetta believes he could avoid a platoon situation if he starts playing better, MLB.com reports. He is hitting .210 with six homers and 27 RBI while Conger is batting .244 with six homers and 14 RBI on the year.

"If I were still contributing offensively, I'd still be playing," Iannetta said Friday after being held out of the lineup for a second straight day. "Hank's playing great, and he's doing a great offensive job for us right now, and that's what we need. We need that position to help the team out."

Chris Iannetta draws four walks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta drew a career-best four walks in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Astros, raising his season line to .195/.324/.354 in 102 plate appearances. However, he didn't score a single run in the game despite making it on base via a free pass in four of his five plate appearances.

Chris Iannetta pops one out


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went deep Saturday in Seattle. Iannetta took Felix Hernandez out to left field for his third home run of the season in the third inning. It was a solo blast. 

The backstop went 1 for 3 in the game and the RBI gives him nine. He's batting .258. Iannetta started the season hot after his first three games as he hit two of his three homers early on. In the 16 games since, however, he's gone just 11 for 50 (.220) with five RBI. 


Chris Iannetta's numbers on the rise


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta doubled for the fourth time in his last six games Wednesday against the Rangers. Iannetta has boosted his batting average from .200 to .263 thanks to going 9 for 27 in his last nine games. 

On addition to the four doubles, Iannetta has three RBI, four walks and six runs in his last nine games. He has a .394 on-base percentage, .481 slugging percentage and .875 OPS in that span.


Chris Iannetta gets night off


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta got the night off Friday after going 0 for 14 with three walks and four strikeouts in his last four games. Iannetta will look to improve on a .200/.286/.400 line moving forward.

Chris Iannetta clubs second home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit his second home run of the season Friday. 

Iannetta finished the game 2 for 3, with a solo homer and a single. He scored runs both times he reached base.


Chris Iannetta provides heroics for Angels


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta had a huge game in the season-opening interleague win at Cincinnati Monday. In a game that went 13 innings, Iannetta both started and finished things for Los Angeles. 

The backstop picked up the first hit of the Angels' season with a solo home run off Johnny Cueto to left-center field in the third inning. He wasn't done, however, as he also drove in the game-winning runs in the 13th. 

Iannetta smacked a two-out, bases-loaded single off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover to give the Angels a 3-1 lead in the top of the 13th as they closed it out in the bottom of the frame. 

He finished the game 2 for 6 with a run scored and three RBI and also struck out three times to begin the year with a .333 average. 

The 30-year-old Iannetta continued his hot-hitting ways from the spring when he hit .360 over 50 at-bats with two homers and seven RBI. 


Chris Iannetta swinging a hot spring bat


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2013) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta continued his recent hot hitting in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Brewers. He went 2 for 3 with a run scored in the 6-1 loss.

Iannetta, the projected starter for the Angels, is batting .406 (13 for 32) through 13 spring games with a homer, five RBI and a .594 slugging percentage.

Angels lock up Iannetta for three


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/7/2012) The Angels signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a three-year deal, $15.55 million deal over the weekend. Iannetta hit .240 with nine homers and a .730 OPS in 221 at-bats for the Angels in 2012.