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Jaime Barria 2018 Outlook

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ANAHEIM -- Last season was a breakthrough for Angels pitching prospect Jaime Barria.

 

After opening the year at Class A Advanced Inland Empire, the 21-year-old right-hander made a steep ascent through the farm system, earning a promotion to Double-A Mobile before finishing the season at Triple-A Salt Lake. Barria maintained his success even as he progressed through each level, logging a combined 2.80 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP over 141 2/3 innings.

 

"I had the opportunity to face batters at Triple-A, and it was a little bit difficult," Barria said in Spanish during the Rookie Career Development Program in Leesburg, Va., last weekend. "Hopefully I'll be able to improve in 2018 and have more consistency and continue to develop."

 

The next challenge for Barria seems likely to be the Majors, as he has emerged as one of the Angels' top pitching prospects in the upper Minors and was added to the club's 40-man roster in November. General manager Billy Eppler has also included Barria among his list of nine pitchers who he believes will contribute to the Angels' rotation in 2018.

 

The club figures to get a closer look at Barria during Spring Training, as the Panama native received his first invitation to Major League camp.

 

"I'm preparing myself physically and mentally for what's ahead, since they invited me to Major League camp," Barria said. "I know it's going to be a difficult challenge, but you have to face it and show up."

 

Barria, who is ranked as the Angels' No. 9 prospect by MLB Pipeline, features a three-pitch mix, wielding a low-90s fastball with good life, a deceptive changeup and a curveball. He has already shown that his stuff can play against high levels of competition, as demonstrated by his successful appearance at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Miami last summer.

 

Still, Barria said his goal for 2018 is to continue to refine his pitches, particularly his breaking ball.

 

https://www.mlb.com/news/halos-righty-prospect-jaime-barria-on-the-rise/c-264594210

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Definitely doesn't look like a high-K guy (7-8 K/9 in minors), so his ceiling is likely limited in fantasy.  

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2 minutes ago, handyandy86 said:

Definitely doesn't look like a high-K guy (7-8 K/9 in minors), so his ceiling is likely limited in fantasy.  

This. As an Angel fan, it's exciting he got brought up and I think he could definitely get major league hitters out. But the K's don't look all that exciting.

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K rate isn't that exciting, but that's not everything in the minors because he could have been working on other things.  He jumped from A to AAA last season as a 20 year old.  He'll probably get clobbered, but he's a bit of an unknown that could be worth more than grabbing some other known schlub off the wire. 

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42 minutes ago, Dirtywater97 said:

Getting called back up:

 

 

Was just about to post...Ya beat me to the punch :rolleyes:

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Another dominant outing so I decided to pick him up.  Consecutive dominant outings at Coors and then against Houston is too much to ignore.  Especially since his strikeout totals in both were good.  Middle of the rotation potential long term?

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Anybody who has watched him pitch, how does he do far as eye test? Looking at Fangraphs briefly, changeup gets the highest score. Of course this is scoring on potential, as much as current. I'm curious how one who has seen him pitch, would grade his changeup now?  A  plus pitch?

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Little K spike. I've been watching too. To borrow from the old axiom it seems that he can just pitch and is way beyond his years in composure.

The stuff is not other wordily, but it is pretty decent-- and an awesome defense and pretty great offense to back him.

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It's cliche to say but this is a dude who knows how to pitch. His changeup is a legit plus offering and his bread and butter, but IMO his fastball plays up because of how well he locates and how well his pitch sequencing is. He has excellent command of all of his offerings and is a quick worker on the mound. Very mature pitcher for somebody his age

 

IMO I see him being a high-floor kind of mid-rotation arm as his potential. 6-7 K/9 is probably the ceiling here but should pair that with low BB/9.

 

 

 

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Optioned to AAA, was hoping after last night's start he'd stick around longer!

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Any chance he gets called up to start again later this week?

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On 5/21/2018 at 5:43 PM, Jub Jub said:

Any chance he gets called up to start again later this week?

Couple of Angels beat writers on Twitter speculating he could go Saturday with Ohtani being pushed back 

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1 hour ago, WTP333 said:

Couple of Angels beat writers on Twitter speculating he could go Saturday with Ohtani being pushed back 

 

Just came in here to post this, thanks

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3 hours ago, bazeball said:

Any idea how long he’s staying in the bigs this time?

 

He's firmly part of their 6-man rotation, but he's gonna be sent down/called up because he's one of the few starters they have who still have options. When he's not pitching, they'll likely send him back down and bring up an extra reliever or an extra bat for depth.

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2 minutes ago, Blood Brother said:

 

He's firmly part of their 6-man rotation, but he's gonna be sent down/called up because he's one of the few starters they have who still have options. When he's not pitching, they'll likely send him back down and bring up an extra reliever or an extra bat for depth.

 

Random question - when I guy is sent down do they physically have to report to the minors?   Or could they technically travel and be with the team even if they are in the minors?

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Gotta be in the minors for 10 days at least. For instance, his last MLB start was May 15th, but he got 2.2 IP of work in Triple-A on May 20th(to keep him fresh between starts at the MLB level)

 

He and Trop are really the only guys with options - Ohtani too but they aren't sending him down obviously - so we'll likely see the Angels manipulate the roster with those 2 throughout the season.

 

With Shoemaker placed on the 60-day DL and no real timetable on his return, Barria is well in line for a good 20 starts I'd imagine. That said, I'd probably sit him tomorrow @ Yankee Stadium for obvious reasons

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10 minutes ago, pjoner said:

any streaming him vs Texas tonight?

 

*raises hand*

 

I like the guy. Solid most outings. 

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He's been pretty solid when not pitching against the Yankees. I think he's an SP4 at this point.

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Hoping for a good start tonight and then the Angels quit shuttling him back and forth to AAA

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