Angels Claim Abel De Los Santos, DFA Brett Oberholtzer

Updated: October 31, 2016

The Angels made a minor transaction today, claiming RHP Abel De Los Santos from the Reds and designating LHP Brett Oberholtzer for assignment. This move immediately takes Oberholtzer off of the 40-man roster to make room for the new addition.

After claiming Oberholtzer from the Phillies, the Angels were hoping that he would be of great value to the depleted pitching staff. From August 11th to the end of the season, he did not help the team out at all, posting an ERA of 8.55 in 11 games.

He was a fan of putting runners on base, averaging just over four walks per nine innings, which usually led to runs scored. According to Fangraphs, his BB/9 rate was “awful,” so the Angels are not going to miss having him around much. Maybe Oberholtzer can turn it around next season for another team.

For the newly added De Los Santos, he is a young reliever (23 years old) who has pitched for the Nationals and the Reds. Originally a starting pitcher, the Rangers turned him into a reliever, but they never used him and ended up trading him to the Nationals. Looking at what he throws, his two main pitches are his fastball and curveball.

He throws his fastball around 92 MPH and his curveball around 76 MPH, which flusters batters due to the change in speed.

In 7.1 innings of work at the major league level, De Los Santos has an ERA of 9.82 and a BB/9 of 6.14, which shows that he needs more work in the minors. Although his numbers are scary, he definitely has the potential to be a solid reliever for the Angels. For the Reds’ AA team, he posted an ERA of 1.54 with 9.64 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 games. If he can translate these numbers in the minors to the major league level, then he can add great bullpen depth for the long run.

Overall Consensus of the Pickup: Look for De Los Santos to make relief appearances for the Angels at some point in the upcoming season. If he continues to have trouble in the majors, then he will spend a good amount of time in the minors. Oberholtzer is getting older and running out of time to make an impact, so dropping him for De Los Santos seems reasonable.

Jake Wilson is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter

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