Despite an impressive spring training, Jett Bandy opened the 2016 season at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he slashed a modest .274/.314/.411 before being called up to the Angels in late May when Geovany Soto got hurt. After hitting .310 in his first month as the backup to Carlos Perez, Bandy took over primary catching duties for the remainder of the season. He batted only .221 the rest of the way but he did smack eight home runs, suggesting Bandy could hit double-digit homers with regular playing time. He may get a steady role after an offseason trade to Milwaukee, and that alone puts him in the conversation as a low-end second catcher in 15-team mixed leagues. Bandy will compete against Andrew Susac and Manny Pina for reps behind the dish in spring training.
Bandy was traded to the Brewers on Tuesday in exchange for catcher Martin Maldonado and a minor league pitcher, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The 26-year-old got a significant chunk of time as the Angels primary catcher last season, although it was more a result of the lack of production of the other candidates than his own performance. Bandy batted just .234 with a 4.8 percent walk rate and average power (.158 ISO). He'll compete against Andrew Susac and Manny Pina for reps behind the dish out of spring training, both of whom aren't very different in age or past production.
Bandy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros. Bandy will wrap up the season with two straight days off, capping off a respectable rookie season, considering the low expectations he faced prior to his promotion to the big leagues. Over 230 plate appearances this season, Bandy hit .236 with eight homers and 25 RBI.
Bandy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros. Bandy had been dealing with back trouble in recent days before returning to the lineup Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The Angels may just be acting cautiously by holding Bandy out Sunday, as he's still expected to see the bulk of the starts at catcher over the final week of the season.
Bandy (back) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros. Bandy caught the final inning of Friday's game and is now ready to return to the lineup after missing six straight starts. The 26-year-old has flashed solid contact skills and some power in 65 games with the Angels this season, and will presumably handle primary catcher duties over the final week-plus.
Bandy (leg) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Astros. Make it six straight absences for Bandy, who continues to nurse a back injury. It appeared as though he hurt his leg running to first base last weekend but the team later clarified that he left Saturday's game due to back spasms. Bandy has not appeared off the bench in any of the Angels' last five games and it's uncertain when he may return.