Los Angeles Angels: Projecting the 2018 Starting Rotation
1. Garrett Richards
2. Shohei Ohtani
3. Matt Shoemaker
Shoemaker regressed after an impressive 2016 season in 2017. That being said, he dealt with injuries and was limited to just 77 innings. In 14 starts, he was 6-3 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. His season ended in mid-June, though he should be good to go to start the new season. Shoemaker showed in 2014 and at various times over the past few seasons that he’s a very serviceable pitcher. Time will tell which pitcher the Angels will get in 2018.
4. Parker Bridwell
Bridwell led American League rookies in wins last season with ten. At 25 years old, Bridwell is already on his way to being one of the Angels top starters. He was the most consistent guy in the rotation last year, posting a 3.64 ERA in 124.1 innings. Bridwell doesn’t blow anyone away with his stuff but controls his stuff well. The Los Angeles Angels needed someone with stability and durability last year. Bridwell was that guy and will look to be that guy again in 2018.
5. Tyler Skaggs
The 26-year-old was also plagued with injuries in 2017. His 113 innings in 2014 were the most in his career and the only time he’s surpassed the 100-inning mark. Skaggs is a former first-round Draft pick in 2009 and with good reason. He has great stuff but just hasn’t been able to show it consistently. If he can finally stay healthy for a full season he might live up to the expectations he had when he was drafted.Follow @Ryhhno