ANAHEIM, Calif. – All signs point to the Los Angeles Angels promoting their top pitching prospect, 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood, to make his major-league debut Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.
Chatwood was pulled from his season debut for Triple-A Salt Lake after just one inning and 18 pitches Saturday. The Angels’ second-round pick in 2008, Chatwood went 4-6 with a 3.82 ERA for Double-A Arkansas last year.
Just 6 feet and 185 pounds, Chatwood can nonetheless touch 97 mph with his fastball, according to scouting reports. He had 109 strikeouts in 155 1/3 innings combined at three minor-league levels last season. He was listed as the No. 76 prospect in the game by Baseball America.
The Angels are in need of starting pitching with both Joel Pineiro and Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list. They were debating between Chatwood, Trevor Bell and reliever Hisanori Takahashi to make Tuesday’s start.
Bell pitched three innings and threw 44 pitches Saturday before Salt Lake’s game was delayed by snow, so he appears to be out of the running.
“It will be in-house,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Chatwood’s short outing Saturday was the equivalent of a between-starts bullpen session. He was 1-0 with a 7.36 ERA in 11 innings this spring. If Chatwood pitches Tuesday, he would be the first 21-year old to pitch for the Angels since Nick Adenhart in May of 2008.