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2020 Angels in review: Jaime Barria

He had a pretty decent season in 2020

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Jaime Barria has been a staple in the Angels’ starting rotation over the last three years. Since making his major-league debut in 2018, he’s made 44 total starts for them. In 2020, he made five starts and came out of the bullpen twice.

After a rough 2019 campaign, Barria bounced back fairly nicely in 2020. His ERA was 3.62, and he had career-highs in ERA+ (125), FIP (3.65) and WHIP (1.11).

His season didn’t begin until the middle of August, as he was recalled from the alternate site on Aug. 18. After a shaky first outing, he settled down over his next two, posting a 2.63 ERA through his first three outings. He came out of the bullpen for his first two appearances, but started his final five games of the season for the Halos.

He threw at least five innings over his next three starts, including 6 13 innings on Sept. 18, a season-high for him. His final start came on Sept. 23, where he lasted only two innings after allowing two runs. This would be the final start of his season, as he was optioned back to the alternate site after.

Barria really dominated against righties in 2020. They hit only .164 off of him and posted an OPS under .500. Lefties were the opposite, as they hit above .270 and had an OPS of nearly .850 off him.

2020 particulars

Age: 24

Stats: 1-0, 3.62 ERA, 27 SO, 32 13 IP, 125 ERA+, 3.65 FIP, 1.11 WHIP, 3.00 SO/BB

Game of the year

On September 18, Barria threw a season-high 6 13 innings. Additionally, he struck out a season-high eight batters and didn’t issue a single walk. He threw 97 pitches and allowed two runs.

Roster status

Barria has one year and 123 days of service time. He has zero options remaining.