Skaggs Getting Closer to Being Rotation Ready.

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Updated: March 20, 2017

Tyler Skaggs has had a rough go of it the last few years for the Angels. After suffering an elbow injury in 2014 that required Tommy John surgery and cost him all of his 2015 season, he couldn’t get everything right and healthy last season and ended up missing just about half of the year in 2016. Heading into the offseason and into Spring Training, though, Skaggs was finally ready to have a healthy and normal offseason regimen, and that combined with a solid Spring would be a great way to take some momentum into a big season for the young lefty.

Instead, Skaggs struggled in his first start and then failed a strength test, leading to him being scratched from his second start. Fortunately for the Halos and Skaggs, it was a minor injury, and although Skaggs is slightly behind where he should be, he’s still pitched well his last two starts. Skaggs threw four shutout innings with five strikeouts today, and said he ‘felt great’ afterwards, all positive signs for Skaggs. He still has time to be on track for the starting rotation this season, and all signs point to that being the case. That’s a good thing for the Angels, because as much as Skaggs has continued to fail to live up to expectations, a healthy and effective Skaggs is a huge boost for this Angels team. The Halos can use all the pitching help they can get, (I feel like I may have said that line before…) but even more importantly they need their young prospects to make good on their vast potential.

The Angels optimal rotation probably looks something like Garrett Richards on opening day with Matt Shoemaker, Ricky Nolasco, Jesse Chavez, and Skaggs following in some order, and if all of those pitchers pitch well they have the makings of a decent rotation. Pitchers like Richards, Skaggs, and Shoemaker still come with enough potential upside to make this a very good rotation, as well, so it’s obviously important that the Angels get everything those three guys can offer. Skaggs looks to be rounding into form, and that’s a good thing for the Halos; let’s just hope it carries over into the season for the first time in his career.

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