Final 2014 Angels Pitcher Rankings

This final regular season ranking includes the top 20 Angels pitchers in terms innings pitched and excludes those no longer with the team (I’m looking at you Ernesto Frieri). Unlike previous weekly rankings, these are for the entire season as a whole.  A little bit unfair to the players who only pitched a few times, but life isn’t always fair (just asked poor teamless Ernesto).

These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker’s beard.

Rank Player Comments
1  richardsGarrett Richards Despite a shortened season, Richards was the man for the Angels on the mound in 2014. Richards had a WHIP of 1.04 (3rd best), 2.61 ERA, .201 BAA (only .001 behind league leading Felix Hernandez), 4.3 WAR, 73% Quality start rate and only 5 home runs allowed which was lowest by far among all qualified starters in EITHER league.
2 weaverJered Weaver Weaver was a workhorse and pitched more innings than any other Angel in 2014.  His 18 wins tied him for top honors in the American League.  If weaver could learn how to stop giving up home runs (27), his numbers would have been even better.
3 shoemakerMatt Shoemaker Shoebacca almost knocked Weaver from the #2 spot.  This guy was in overdrive the last part of the season with a 1.78 ERA and .201 BAA since All Star Break.  Shoemaker has 16 wins in 20 starts, a 1.07 season WHIP and second highest WAR for an Angels pitcher with 2.1
4 smithJoe Smith Smith had a pretty incredible season and racked up some great number like a .172 BAA which led the Angels regular pitchers.  He converted 15 of 19 saves once Freiri flew the coup and nailed down a 1.81 ERA and team leading .80 WHIP.  Among AL pitchers with 50+ innings, Smith was 4th in WHIP and 8th in ERA.
5 ph_434718Huston Street Not perfect, but close.  Street converted 17 of 19 save opportunities and posted a 1.71 WHIP this season.  In 59.1 innings, Street gave up only 1 home run.  More than once he got out of tough jams to close out an Angels win.
6 jepsenKevin Jepsen Jepsen just barely edged out Rasums, mostly because of a slightly higher WAR (0.9), lower BAA (.192), and a 10.4 K/9 rate.  Excluding Pestano who only pitched in 12 games, Jepsen had the highest K/9 of any Angel in 2014.  Couple that with more appearances than anyone other than Smith and he was quite the reliable workhorse out of the pen.
7 rasmusCory Rasmus Rasmus could very well be a starter in 2014. It didn’t matter where he pitched – he pitched it well. Rasmus had a 1.05 WHIP, .204 BAA, and 9.2 K/9.
8 salasFernando Salas Salas managed to pick up 5 wins with zero loses in 2014. Throw a 1.09 WHIP and 9.4 K/9 and he had a great season for the Halos.  He also pitched in 57 games so was used quite a bit and was pretty reliable.
9 grilliJason Grilli Grilli started out great for the Halos and definitely worked out better than Frieri!  He pitched out of some tough situation and posted a 1.16 WHIP.  Grilli only gave up 4 home runs all year and not a single one since All Star Break.  He was a little shaky in September with a 6.75 ERA.
10 vinnieVinnie Pestano  Pestano only pitched 9 innings for the Angels but did so with a 0.93 ERA, .93 WHIP and 12.1 K/9.  He was solid in the short time he wore red this season.
11 morinMike Morin Morin was decent.  One of the weakest of the regular bullpen staff but still pulled off a .6 WAR, 2.90 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.  In 59 innings he gave up only 3 home runs which is not too bad.  He was weak against lefties who had a .357 OBP against him.
12  leblancWade LeBlanc Could be higher ranked if he played more and didn’t suck his first 3 games with the Angels.  He did pitch pretty well since then and put up some good numbers in 29.2 innings with a 1.08 WHIP, and 3.75 ERA.  He was incredible in September over 19 innings with a .47 ERA, and a .68 WHIP.
13  skaggsTyler Skaggs Skaggs had a 1.5 WAR despite an early exit to the season that delays his career until 2016.  He was just okay for the Angels though with a 5-5 record, 4.30 ERA, .253 BAA and 6.9 K/9.
14 wilsonCJ Wilson Wilson was more up and down in 2014 than the shocks on those cars he sells.  His ERA was 4.51, WHIP 1.45 and a .258 BAA which was higher than batting practice pitcher Hector Santiago.  Arguable his worst year since 2008 or 2009.
15 santiagoHector Santiago Santiago pitched pretty well during the second half but don’t let that fool you.  He barely lasted longer per game than a reliever (Rasmus) and often threw 20 pitches per inning to get the job done.  Somehow his .7 WAR was higher than Wilson at .6 but his WHIP was 1.36 and he lost 9 games in 30 starts.  He was decent but that’s about it.
16 rucinskiDrew Rucinski Rucinski was a strikeout king in AA and in his 7.1 innings with the Angels he K’d 8.  However, a .290 BAA, 1.50 WHIP and 4.91 ERA shows he was just as good at throwing BP than he was at striking people out.
17 herreraYoslan Herrera Herrera joined the Angels solely for the purpose of throwing batting practice to opposing teams.  Opponents hit .324 against him and he walked 9 in just 16 innings.
18 bedrosianCam Bedrosian Bedrosian netted a -0.1 WAR for his efforts in 2014 by putting up a 6.52 ERA, 1.81 WHIP and .288 BAA.  Opponents loved when he came in the game while Angels fans cringed.  A great pitcher in the minors but not year ready for prime time.
19 rothMichael Roth The bottom 5 pitchers all have something in common – they are all great at throwing batting practice.  For Roth’s efforts he put up a .340 BAA, 2.03 WHIP and team high 8.76 ERA.  He was just plain horrible.
20 thatcherJoe Thatcher The Thatcher deal is looking absolutely horrible.  Doesn’t matter if you are a lefty pitcher if you can’t pitch.  Thatcher put up a team high .433 BAA and 2.21 WHIP.  When you are  basically giving up a hit to every other batter it’s time to throw in the towel.

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