Trade Central: Angels Get Arm In Braves’ Chacin


The Angels’ rotation has been decimated this season, most recently with the news that ace Garrett Richards likely would need Tommy John surgery, and with a UCL injury for Andrew Heaney. Additionally, lefthander C.J. Wilson and Tyler Skaggs face long-term absences.

The trade to Atlanta of Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, their top two pitching prospects, for Andrelton Simmons in the offseason left the Angels short of immediate help.

So on Wednesday, the Angels again turned to the Braves for help, sending lefthander Adam McCreery, a 22nd-round pick a year ago, to Atlanta for veteran righthander Jhoulys Chacin.

Chacin is expected to start Saturday, with Matt Shoemaker called up to make tonight’s start.

Adam McCreery, lhp
Age: 23

McCreery ranked No. 450 on the BA500 draft rankings coming out of Azusa Pacific in 2014. He spent his first two seasons at Arizona State, opening his career in the rotation before control issues forced him out. He’s a tall lefthander with a low-90s fastball and fringy secondary offerings. McCreery has average arm speed, some arm injuries in the past and a delivery that needs refinement. McCreery has struggled to throws strikes throughout his college and pro career, but his size gives him more upside than the average fringe prospect. He has not pitched yet this season.

2015 Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
Club Angels (AZL) R 0 0 2.41 16 0 19 10 6 5 0 14 28 .159

Jhoulys Chacin, rhp
Age: 28

Chacin was a touted prospect with the Rockies, ranking as high as No. 46 overall in the game entering the 2009 season. But he’s been well-traveled in recent years, bouncing from Colorado to Cleveland to Arizona to Atlanta. He’s had big league success (14-10, 3.47 in 2013 for the Rockies), but injuries and ineffectiveness ended his time in Colorado. His five starts with the Braves have shown some positive signs. He has a 27/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he had not allowed more than four runs in an outing until his most recent start on May 4 against the Mets, who tagged him for four homers.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
Gwinnett (IL) AAA 1 0 0.00 1 1 8 5 0 0 0 2 7
Atlanta (NL) MAJ 1 2 5.40 5 5 27 29 17 16 4 8 27

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