The Angels traded for Kyle Keller in January, acquiring the right-hander from the Marlins in exchange for minor league catcher Jose Estrada.
Keller’s time with the major league team was brief in 2020, spending most of his time at the alternate training site at Long Beach State. He was recalled three separate times — July 30, August 4, and September 5, but only spent a total of six days on the Angels’ active roster.
Keller pitched in only two games for the Angels this year, both in that first stint. On back-to-back days on July 30-31, Keller was brought into games late with a four-run deficit, and allowed a total of two runs in 2⅓ innings.
Of the 25 Angels to throw a pitch during the 2020 season, Keller was one of only five not to allow a home run, along with Cam Bedrosian, Shohei Ohtani, Jose Rodriguez, and catcher Anthony Bemboom.
Stats: 7.71 ERA, 4.91 FIP, 2⅓ IP, 1 strikeout
Game of the year
July 31 was Keller’s longest outing, recording five outs against the Astros while allowing one run in his 26 pitches.
Keller has 60 days of major league service time and one option year remaining, having been optioned in 2019 and 2020.