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No. 94: Greatest Angels of All-Time: Dave Frost


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Dave Frost

Time with Angels: 1978-1981

Stats: 26-30, 3.90 ERA, 16 CG, 445 13 IP, 181 SO, 101 ERA+, 3.89 FIP, 1.30 WHIP,

Baseball Reference WAR: 6.3

FanGraphs WAR: 5.7

Combined WAR: 6.0

After spending the first year of his career with the White Sox, Dave Frost came over to the Angels where he spent four seasons. He appeared in a total of 74 games, starting in 67 of them.

The first two years of his tenure in Anaheim went a lot better than his final two years. During his first two seasons, Frost went 21-14 with a 3.32 ERA. He threw 14 complete games, while having a 119 ERA+, 3.79 FIP and 1.25 WHIP.

His best season with the club was 1979, when he finished 16-10 with a 3.57 ERA. It was a career season for him, as he had career-bests in wins (16), complete games (12), innings (239 13 ) and strikeouts (107). It was his only season in which he made more than 15 starts, so maybe that had a little to do with it as well.

Frost’s final two seasons with the club were a disaster. He went 5-16 with a 5.37 ERA. Frost was just awful all across the board. He’d sign with the Royals in 1982, retiring a year later.

Frost is only of 46 pitchers to make at least 67 starts with the Angels. Here’s where he ranks:

  • 16 complete games (21st)
  • 3.90 ERA (27th)
  • 3.89 FIP (19th)
  • 101 ERA+ (19th)

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