Deolis Guerra was designated for assignment for the second time following the 2015 season, but the Angels opted to take a chance on him with a Rule 5 draft pick. Although he didn't stick with the club in that capacity, he did manage to make his mark at the major league level. On the heels of just three strong appearances with Triple-A Salt Lake, the big reliever carved out a major role in the Angels bullpen thanks to his impressive control (1.2 BB/9). Although his 6.1 K/9 wasn't anywhere near as good as it was in the minors, the right-hander managed to get batters out without the whiffs to finish the season with a quality 3.21 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. Guerra appeared to be poised to enter 2017 as a middle reliever for the Angels prior to being designated for assignment in February, but his inability to miss bats should preclude him from climbing back to the majors very soon.
Guerra cleared waivers Wednesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. The right-hander was designated for assignment earlier in February, and despite posting a solid 3.21 ERA and exhibiting outstanding control during 53.1 major league innings, he'll remain in the Angels organization for a bit longer. Unless an injury strikes the big league relief corps, it seems like Guerra is destined for an organizational depth role in 2017.
Guerra was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday. This move comes as a bit of a surprise as it was reported within the past week that Guerra would compete for a bullpen spot. However, things changed Friday with the Angels' acquisition of middle reliever Austin Adams from the Indians. Guerra, who notched a 3.21 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP over 53.1 innings last season, will now be subject to waivers but could return to the Angels if he goes unclaimed.
Guerra is one of several options the Angels are looking at to fill out the middle relief portion of their bullpen, the Orange County Register reports. Guerra was a reliable option out of the pen for the Angels last season, posting a 3.21 ERA over 53.1 innings. He doesn't project to be much more than a middle relief option due to his lackluster arsenal and strikeout rate (6.08 K/9).
Guerra has given up two earned runs over 6.1 innings in August. Guerra's ERA now sits at 2.79 along with an impressive 0.85 WHIP. However, even amidst Anaheim dealing with injuries to their two closers, it's possible that Guerra won't be given save opportunities in the foreseeable future given he already has two blown saves on the year.
Guerra has performed well for the Angels in 2016, posting a 2.22 ERA over 24.1 innings. He has not issued a walk over that span. Guerra has shown strong peripherals in his second taste of major league action, having allowed just just one home run in 16 games while registering a 23 percent hard contact rate. The Angels generally turn to Guerra in mop-up situations, which could limit his fantasy value, but he did pick up a win against the Rays in his last outing. Keep an eye on the 27-year-old to see if he is handed a more prominent role in the bullpen going forward.