Time with Angels: 1974-1975
Stats: 18-21, 3.14 ERA, 21 CG, 350 IP, 188 SO, 111 ERA+, 3.25 FIP, 1.29 WHIP
Baseball Reference WAR: 6.7
FanGraphs WAR: 5.7
Combined WAR: 6.2
Though his time with the Angels was short, it was enough to help him crack this list. Ed Figueroa spent the first two seasons of his career with the Angels. He appeared in a total of 58 games, starting 44 of them.
His rookie season in 1974 was spent being used as both a starter and a reliever. He pitched in 25 games, starting 12 of them. His record was 2-8 and he had an ERA of 3.67, however he threw a complete game in nearly half of his starts and had the lowest FIP (3.16) of his entire career.
Figueroa’s best season came the following year in 1975. He won 16 games, posted a 2.91 ERA and a 121 ERA+. Every other start for him was a complete game, as he threw 16 complete games in 32 starts.
His best stretch of the season came from June 4 through June 5, where he made eight starts and had a 1.16 ERA. During those eight starts, five of them were complete games. He help opponents to a .192 average and a .466 OPS.
In December of 1975, Figueroa was traded to the New York Yankees in exchange for Bobby Bonds.
He is one of 65 pitchers in franchise history to throw at least 350 innings. Here is where he ranks:
- 3.14 ERA (9th)
- 3.25 FIP (7th)
- 111 ERA+ (15th)
- 21 complete games (18th)