Angels Designate Michael Kohn, J.B. Shuck

The Angels have designated righty Michael Kohn and outfielder J.B. Shuck for assignment, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter links). Los Angeles needed 40-man roster spots to accommodate its September call-ups.

Kohn, 28, has produced a 3.52 ERA in 76 2/3 MLB relief innings over the last two years. But his 9.2 K/9 over that stretch has been countered by 5.6 BB/9, and his control issues worsened this year both at the major league and minor league level. ERA estimators are not fans of his work, moreover, with his earned run numbers propped up by a low home run-to-flyball rate and a .192 BABIP-against.

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Shuck is out of chances in Los Angeles just one season after receiving 478 plate appearances for the big club. He posted a .293/.331/.366 slash in last year’s audition, but has been much less productive over just 88 plate appearances in 2014. It would not be surprising to see some interest in Shuck from other clubs, however. The controllable outfielder has actually posted his best minor league numbers this year, slashing .320/.382/.446 in 465 plate appearances at Triple-A.

6 Responses to Angels Designate Michael Kohn, J.B. Shuck Leave a Reply

  1. LittleOtterPaws 10 months ago

    Why would a bullpen-starved team designate a player like Michael Kohn?

    • Jose Ochoa 10 months ago

      Have you seen how good their bullpen is? I doubt it.. because it’s deep

      • LittleOtterPaws 10 months ago

        I guess I forgot to let go of that notion from the early part of the season before their acquisitions.

    • Classic12 10 months ago

      Actually, this guy who is nearly 30 hasn’t found the strike zone at any competition level this year. Nobody will claim him and he will stay at Salt Lake and see if he can rediscover the magic.

  2. Melvin Mendoza, Jr. 10 months ago

    Wow, at first this surprised me but I didn’t realize Shuck was having that horrible of a year.

  3. max yarnovich 10 months ago

    why shuck and kohn instead of wheeler and alvarez

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