News coming out just a few moments ago, say that the Los Angeles Angels have signed Jake Faria to a minor league deal, with a likely invite to spring training. Faria who found success as a starter with the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2017, pitching to a 3.43 ERA with an 1.18 WHIP, struggled the following year in 2018, pitching to a 5.40 ERA and 76 ERA+ in 65 innings pitched. Faria does have a bit of a walk problem, seeing his average BB% hover around 11.0 percent (MLB average is 8.3%). One of Faria’s biggest problems is the fact that hitters feast off his 4 seam fastball. In 2019 hitters hit .409 off of his fastball, which was a pitch he threw 61 percent of the time. On the contrary, Faria’s splitter is by and far his best pitch, In 2018, hitters managed only a .196 BA against the pitch, and in 2019, a .208 BA. It would be smart for the Angels moving forward to continue the trend of making Faria into an reliever, and maximize his effectiveness by attempting to utilize his splitter more and make his fastball more into a set up pitch, for his wipe out splitter.
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