Angels Acquire Relief Pitcher from the Orioles

Updated: May 7, 2017

The Angels bullpen depth continues to grow over the weekend. First, the Halos called up top prospect Keynan Middleton to join the pen. Now the Angels have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Damien Magnifico from the Baltimore Orioles.

In exchange for Magnifico the Orioles will get right-hander Jordan Kipper from the Angels. The 25-year-old Magnifico was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. The Angels designated right-handed pitcher Jose Valdez for assignment to make room for Magnifico on the 40-man roster.

In 2012 the Brewers drafted Magnifico in the 5th round of June Amateur Draft. He made his Major League debut with Milwaukee last season. He pitched in three games, allowing two earned runs and three walks. He was traded to the Orioles on April 13, but has struggled heavily in the minors.

In seven appearances in Triple-A this season, Magnifico has a 8.22 ERA with 14 hits allowed, seven earned runs, and five walks in 7.2 innings of work. It’s not all bad news as Magnifico has put together some fantastic seasons in the minors. According to Maria Guardado, Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes Magnifico will help the Halos.

“I know he’s got a big arm,” manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday.

Magnifico was converted into a relief pitcher during the 2015 season. He posted a 1.91 ERA in 51 appearances with 24 saves and 50 strikeouts in 2015. He will begin his Angels career in the minors, but if he can find success, he could be a late inning option for the Angels soon.

Kipper is a 24-year-old starting pitcher that the Angels drafted in the 9th round of the 2014 amateur draft. He started five games this season in Double-A with a 1.74 ERA in 31 innings pitched.


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