Tyler Skaggs is 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels. Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Checking in on Tyler Skaggs

There is nothing like checking to see how an old friend is doing after a change in address. You hope that person is happy, is healthy and has taken a liking to his new surroundings. For fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is wasn’t a happy day when word broke that Tyler Skaggs was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. However, for the young left-hander, how great is it to be 22-years old, unmarried and living in Los Angeles? Oh, one other question: how great is it to be off the Phoenix to Reno shuttle?

Skaggs, dealt by the D’backs in the offseason in exchange for Mark Trumbo, has found a permanent home in the Angels’ rotation. His record is a bit underwhelming at 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA. He pitched six innings last night giving up five runs on eight hits, earning a no-decision. However, if you look a little closer, you will see why giving up on him so quickly was a colossal mistake even it brought back Trumbo, now disabled with a stress fracture in his foot. In eight starts, he has thrown 51 2/3 innings and has gone at least six innings in all but one of them. In addition, his strikeout to walk ratio is almost 3-to-1 (33 K’s vs. 13 BB’s). In his start prior last night, Skaggs went eight innings in Toronto, giving up two runs on only four hits while walking nobody. This is a guy who has a bright future and, teaming with Garrett Richards, will make the Halos’ rotation formidable over the next decade.

I will never understand why Kevin Towers gave up a young lefty with such promise. The talk is that there was a flaw in his delivery. Isn’t that why Dave Duncan was brought in, to fix problems like this? The trading of Tyler Skaggs , no matter how many Trum-bombs are launched from Chase Field and short of a World Series appearance, may go down as the biggest black mark of KT’s tenure of D’backs’ general manager.

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  • Hunter

    The most frustrating part, for me, about this whole situation is that all last year we heard about how Skaggs had dropped velocity… he goes to LA and they tweak his delivery and he picks up 2-3 mph on his fastball. Are the Dbacks coaches really this inept?

    • Tom Lynch

      It’s on everyone. How in the world do you give up on someone like that so quickly? Once with Trevor Bauer was bad enough but two years in a row?