Tyler Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs
Los Angeles Angels – No. 45
Born: (1991-07-13) July 13, 1991
Woodland Hills, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 22, 2012, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through August 11, 2018)
Win–loss record 21–29
Earned run average 4.37
Strikeouts 392

Tyler Wayne Skaggs (born July 13, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Professional career

Los Angeles Angels

Skaggs was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft out of Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California.[1] He made his professional debut that season at the Rookie-level in minor league baseball with the Arizona Angels of the Arizona League and the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League. In 2010, the Angels assigned Skaggs to the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On July 25, 2010, Skaggs along with Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodríguez and Patrick Corbin were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Dan Haren.[2] The Diamondbacks assigned Skaggs to the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League.

In 2011, Skaggs started the season with the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League, receiving a promotion to the Mobile Bay Bears of the Class AA Southern League in July.[3] Skaggs, along with Paul Goldschmidt, represented the Diamondbacks at the 2011 All-Star Futures Game.[4]

Skaggs started the 2012 season with Mobile, receiving a promotion to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in late June. He appeared in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[5] Skaggs made his MLB debut on August 22, and gave up just two runs through 6 13 innings of work and was awarded the win.[6]

Second stint with the Angels

The Diamondbacks traded Skaggs back to the Angels on December 10, 2013, in a three-team trade also involving the Chicago White Sox. The Angels received Hector Santiago along with Skaggs, while the White Sox received Adam Eaton and the Diamondbacks received Mark Trumbo and two players to be named later.[7] In August 2014, Skaggs underwent Tommy John surgery, and he later decided that he would not pitch for the entire 2015 season. He'd finish his first season with the Angels with a 5-5 record in 18 starts.[8]

After more than a year recovering from Tommy John, Skaggs returned to the Angels in 2016, and started 10 games. For the 2017 season, Skaggs began in the Angels rotation. Throughout the season, Skaggs spent 98 days on the disabled list[9], limiting him to just 16 starts.[10] In 2018, he was placed on the disabled list on July 4th and again on August 4th with adductor strains.[11]

Pitching style

Skaggs mainly throws three pitches, leading with a four-seam at 91 to 94 miles per hour (146–151 km/h). He also throws a curveball 72 to 76 miles per hour (116–122 km/h), and a changeup against right-handed hitters 78 to 81 miles per hour (126–130 km/h). Baseball America and other scouts regards the curve as his best pitch, while the changeup is less developed.[12][13]

Personal life

Skaggs's mother, Debbie, was the softball coach at Santa Monica High School until 2015.[14]


  1. Kevin Baxter (June 10, 2009). "Angels go after power in the draft". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  2. Mark SaxonESPNLosAngeles.comFollowArchive (July 26, 2010). "Angels package Saunders for Haren". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  3. Heck, David (November 22, 2011). "Prospect Q&A: D-backs' Tyler Skaggs | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  4. "Goldschmidt, Skaggs get Futures Game nod". MLB.com. June 23, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  5. Gabel, Chris (July 29, 2012). "Aces insider: Tyler Skaggs is waiting in the wings". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved March 31, 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. McLellan, Sarah (August 22, 2012). "Arizona Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs pleased with 1st start in big leagues". Arizona Republic. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  7. "Mark Trumbo traded to Diamondbacks in three-team deal". CBSSports.com. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  8. Digiovanna, Mike (April 13, 2015). "Angels' Tyler Skaggs alters plan in recovery from Tommy John surgery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  9. Moura, Pedro. "Angels' Tyler Skaggs out 10 to 12 weeks because of a strained oblique". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  10. "MLB: Disabled List Tracker 2017". RosterResource.com. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  11. http://m.mlb.com/player/572140/tyler-skaggs
  12. Kappel, Nick (August 20, 2012). "2012 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: Arizona Diamondbacks' Tyler Skaggs". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  13. Newman, Mike (May 2, 2012). "Tyler Skaggs: Stuff-Versus-Stats". Fangraphs. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  14. http://www.thesamohi.com/sports/softball-seeks-cif-victory-in-skaggs-last-year-as-coach
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