Tyler Wayne Skaggs
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 4", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Santa Monica High School
- Debut August 22, 2012
Tyler Skaggs was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the supplemental 1st round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Bobby DeJardin for $1 million and made his pro debut that summer.
On July 25, 2010, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a player to be named later for Dan Haren. Skaggs was sent to the D-Backs in August to complete the trade. He was a winner in his major league debut for the Diamondbacks in the first game of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on August 22, 2012. He pitched 6 2/3 innings to win, 3-2. His only sign of nervousness was walking 5 batters, more free passes than he had issued in any of his 69 minor league starts up to that point. He had begin the year in AA with the Mobile Bay Bears, where he went 5-4, 2.84 in 13 starts, and then moved to the AAA Reno Aces, where he was 4-2, 2,91 in 9 starts to earn the call to the Show. He ended up making 6 starts with the D-Backs, going 1-3, 5.83 while pitching 29 1/3 innings.
Skaggs was back with the AAA Reno Aces to start the 2013 season, but he struggled in the early going in the high-offense environment of the Pacific Coast League, going 4-5, 5.23 in his first 9 starts. Nevertheless, the Diamondbacks called him up for a one-off start in the first game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers on May 27th, and he was outstanding. He struck out 9 in 6 innings, giving up only 3 hits and no runs to earn the win as Arizona prevailed, 5-3. The D-Backs then decided to keep him around, but he was hit hard in his next two starts, giving up 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings and returned to the PCL. When he next came back on July 5th, he reeled off a beauty of a game, pitching 8 shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies to earn a 5-0 win. Overall, he made 7 starts for Arizona, finishing at 2-3, 5.12 and striking out 36 in 38 2/3 innings. In the minors, he was 6-10, 4.59 for Reno and also made one rehabilitation outing for the Visalia Oaks of the California League. On December 10th, the D-Backs traded him back to the Angels, along with Hector Santiago, acquired from the Chicago White Sox in return for OF Adam Eaton in the same deal, in return for slugging 1B/OF Mark Trumbo.
Skaggs was a winner in his debut with the Angels, defeating the Houston Astros, 5-1, on April 5, 2014. His record was at 5-5, 4.49 after 17 starts when he had what looked like his best start of the season against the Baltimore Orioles on July 31st: he had not given up a hit through the first four innings, and started the 5th by striking out Delmon Young, but he felt something wrong in his elbow on the strikeout pitch. He faced a couple more batters, but could had no sensation in his fingers and left the game with a likely forearm strain. Indeed, a week later he was diagnosed with ligament damage and had to undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his season and forcing him to miss all of 2015 as well.
Skaggs was back with the Angels in spring training in 2016.
- Bob Nightengale: "Tattered Angels staff must lean on Tommy John comeback kid Tyler Skaggs", March 22, 2016.