|From USA Today|
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired RHP Matt Andriese from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Jeremy Beasley.
Andriese is one of those pitchers that can both start games and come out of the bullpen. However, 2019 was his first season in where he only did one of those things. Andriese made 54 appearances in 2019, all as a reliever. Coming up with the Rays in 2015, Andriese was mainly a starter but accumulated four saves in his first three seasons (he had another in 2019). In 2018, he was having his best season, with a 4.07 ERA in 59.2 innings before being traded to the Diamondbacks for Michael Perez and Brian Shaffer. He was terrible down the stretch, allowing 19 earned runs in 19 innings, raising his season ERA up to a career worst 5.26. In 2019, he had a 4.71 ERA, which is his second worst mark in his career. He finished 13 games for Arizona, but he is more of a middle reliever at best, or a long man. The Angels need starting pitching, so Andriese could start some games, maybe as an opener or a bulk guy. But while he has allowed a lot more runs in Arizona, Andriese did improve in some places. His 10.1 K/9 in 2019 (79 strikeouts in 70.2 innings) was a career high, but unfortunately, so was his 3.4 BB/9. Thanks to his career best K/9 and HR/9 (1.0), Andriese had a career best 3.72 FIP. The Angels will try to limit the walks, and that could lead to much better results. If Andriese walked only 15 batters compared to the 27 he did in 2019, everything else probably would have improved by a lot. As a reliever, he is not a bad bet.
Andriese, 30, had a 4.71 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 70.2 innings in 2019. In his MLB career for the Diamondbacks and Rays, Andriese has a 4.58 ERA with 391 strikeouts in 428.2 innings.
The Diamondbacks surprisingly got a decent prospect for Andriese. A middle reliever with an ERA over four and a half does not normally get you a top 30 prospect, but it did in Arizona's case. According to MLB Pipeline, Jeremy Beasley is now the Diamondbacks' 27th best prospect. A 30th round pick in 2017 from Clemson, Beasley has good minor league numbers as a starter. However, his 2019 numbers aren't impressive overall because of his 7.90 ERA in three AAA starts in his first taste of the highest minor league level. 2018 was a big year for Beasley, as he made his Single-A debut and ended the season in AA, finishing with a combined 2.66 ERA. His AA numbers were not as good in 2019, and he will likely start 2020 there.
Beasley, 24, had a 4.49 ERA with 115 strikeouts in 122.1 innings for AA Mobile and AAA Salt Lake in 2019. He had a 4.06 ERA in 108.2 innings in Mobile alone. In his minor league career, Beasley has a 3.56 ERA with 256 strikeouts in 265.2 innings.