The Angels are planning to recall right-hander Davis Daniel previous to right this moment’s recreation, reports Sam Blum of The Athletic. The Halos at the moment have tonight’s starter listed as TBD, so it could appear the 26-year-old Daniel is in place to make his huge league debut.
A seventh-round decide again in 2019, Davis initially had his contract chosen to the large league roster final summer time however didn’t seem in a recreation earlier than being optioned again to Triple-A Salt Lake. He’s spent the majority of the season on the injured record resulting from a shoulder pressure however returned to the mound in early August. He’s labored 25 1/3 innings between rehab stints with the Angels’ Rookie-ball and Class-A associates, pitching to a 1.78 ERA with an excellent 37-to-5 Okay/BB ratio in that point (in opposition to a lot youthful and fewer skilled competitors, after all).
Whereas Daniel has spent this yr rehabbing and dealing with solely lower-level minor leaguers as he ramps again up, he did log 102 1/3 innings on the Triple-A degree a yr in the past. In that point, he pitched to a 4.49 ERA in a really hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League atmosphere, hanging out 19.4% of his opponents in opposition to a 7.5% stroll fee.
Daniel ranked among the many Angels’ prime 30 prospects on most publications heading into the 2022 season, however his velocity and strikeouts had been down final yr — and this yr’s shoulder pressure has solely additional led to concern. Accidents have been a difficulty for the previous Auburn hurler, who additionally had Tommy John surgical procedure throughout his draft season. Davis not ranks inside the Angels’ prime 30 prospects at both MLB.com or Baseball America, however FanGraphs tabs him twenty first amongst Anaheim farmhands.
Daniel is absolutely rested and is stretched out to the purpose the place he’s a transparent possibility to start out tonight’s recreation. He pitched 5 1/3 innings in his most up-to-date begin on Aug. 29, and he went six innings and 5 innings, respectively, in his two begins previous to that outing. He may additionally present bulk innings behind an opener if the Halos select to go that route. That’s not a tactic they’ve utilized in 2023, however they did flip to openers and bullpen video games now and again final yr.