OAKLAND – Chase Silseth left little doubt that he is ready for the big leagues.
Less than a year away from the draft and with only eight professional games under his belt, Silseth promoted from Double-A and threw six scoreless innings in his big league-debut on Friday, leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory over the Oakland. if.
The righthander gave up one basehit, walked two and struckout four batters.
Silseth, 21, was the second pitcher in Angels history to work at least six scoreless innings in his Major League-debut. The other was Jered Weaver, who worked seven scoreless innings in his 2006 debut.
The Angels will not need a sixth starter for a few weeks, due to two upcoming days off, so it’s unclear when Silseth would make his next start.
Silseth made it to the majors just 304 days after the Angels pulled him out of the University of Arizona in the 11th round of the 2021 draft.
The Angels gave him a shot at Double-A last summer, giving up six runs in 3-1/3 innings in two games.
“He struggled a little bit,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said ahead of Friday’s game. “We gave him some things to work on off-season. And he dived in, attacked it. Probably had just as good a off-season as anyone, in terms of getting into camp and being ready to go and I think it has been demonstrated.”
Back in Double-A this season, Silseth posted a 1.73 ERA in five games to promote to the big league. He is the first player from the 2021 draft to reach the majors with any team.
Minasian said they’d seen enough to believe he was ready, despite his youth and lack of experience.
“They don’t check IDs at the door, to enter the clubhouse or walk up the hill,” Minasian said. “We feel like he not only has the talent to do it, but also the makeup. That’s the biggest thing. I think that’s the separator for him. It’s just the mental toughness and the makeup .”
Silseth also showed impressive things.
His fourth throw of the game was a 98.6 mph fastball, heading for an average fastball of 95.8 mph. He knocked out Sheldon Neuse to end the first with a splitter. Silseth threw 28 splitters and the A’s hitters sniffed on six of their 16 swings.
The A’s had only three baserunners against him, causing one jam. In the third inning, Elvis Andrus led off by bouncing a single down the middle. An out later, Silseth walked Tony Kemp.
He escaped with the help of leftfielder Brandon Marsh, who caught a flyout and then fired a perfect attack at third base to nail Andrus to third.
Then, Silseth retired all nine batters he faced in the next three innings, before skipping the game to the bullpen of the Angels.
The Angels led by two runs, thanks to an RBI single by Marsh in the fourth and Andrew Velazquez’s first homer of the season in the fifth.
Relievers Aaron Loup, Ryan Tepera and Raisel Iglesias worked the last three innings to complete the win.
More on this story to follow.