The Angels announced they’ve selected left-hander Jhonathan Diaz onto the big league roster. Gerardo Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move. The Halos already had three vacancies on the 40-man roster.
Diaz will get the start tonight against the Guardians. It’s his first MLB appearance of the season. The Venezuelan-born hurler pitched in seven games (starting five) between 2021-22. He owns a 3.49 ERA in 28 1/3 MLB frames but has only struck out 16% of opponents while walking nearly 14% of batters faced.
The Angels declined to tender Diaz a contract last offseason. That took him off the 40-man roster, but he returned to the club on a minor league pact. Diaz has logged 87 innings over 38 appearances (including eight starts) in Salt Lake. He owns a 4.55 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Diaz’s 21.1% strikeout percentage and 11.5% walk rate are each worse than average, though he’s keeping the ball on the ground at a solid 48% clip.
Diaz still has all three option years remaining, so the Angels can shuttle him between Orange County and Salt Lake for the foreseeable future if they keep him on the 40-man roster. He’ll try to stake a claim to a spot heading into the winter.