Tyler Skaggs Biography
Tyler Skaggs was an American professional baseball pitcher who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Skaggs was selected in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. They later traded him to the Diamondbacks and he made his MLB debut in 2012.
During the 2013–14 off-season, the Diamondbacks traded him back to the Angels and he pitched for the team until 2019. Skaggs posted a career-earned run average of 4.41 and recorded 476 strikeouts, with a record of 28 wins and 38 losses.
Tyler Skaggs Age
Skaggs was born on July 13, 1991, in Woodland Hills, California. He was 27 years old at the time of his death on July 1, 2019.
Tyler Skaggs Wife
Skaggs was married to his wife Carli Skaggs (Carli Miles). Skaggs and Carli got married in Oct. 2018. He reflected on their marriage in a Valentine’s Day 2019 post which read; “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life 💝🌹,”
Tyler Skaggs Los Angeles Angels
Skaggs was selected with the 40th pick as a supplemental selection in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
They later traded him to Arizona Diamondbacks. He made his MLB debut during the 2012-13 season at the Rookie-level with the Arizona Angels of the Arizona League and the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League.
In 2010, the Angels assigned Skaggs to the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League.
Return to Los Angeles Angels
Skaggs was traded back to the Angels by the Diamondbacks on December 10, 2013, in a three-team trade also involving the Chicago White Sox.
In August 2014, Skaggs underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery). He later decided that he would not pitch for the entire 2015 season.
He finished his first season with the Angels with a 5–5 record in 18 starts.
After more than a year of recovering from the surgery, Skaggs returned to the Angels in 2016 and started 10 games. For the 2017 season, he began in the Angels rotation. Throughout the season, Skaggs spent 98 days on the disabled list, limiting him to just 16 starts.
In 2018, Skaggs was placed on the disabled list on July 4 and again on August 4 with adductor strains.
Overall on the season, he started 24 games, finishing 8–10 with a 4.02 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 125 1⁄3 innings.
Skaggs began the 2019 season in the rotation. He was placed on the disabled list after 3 starts with a left ankle sprain. He was activated on April 26.
Skaggs posted a record of 7 wins and 7 losses, with a 4.29 ERA and 78 strikeouts, in his 15 starts in 2019.
Tyler Skaggs Arizona Diamondbacks
On July 25, 2010, Skaggs was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Dan Haren alongside Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodríguez and Patrick Corbin. He was assigned to the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League.
In 2011, he started the season with the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League. Skaggs received a promotion to the Mobile Bay Bears of the Class AA Southern League in July.
Skaggs, along with Paul Goldschmidt, represented the Diamondbacks at the 2011 All-Star Futures Game.
He started his 2012 season with Mobile, receiving a promotion to the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in late June. He also appeared in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.
Skaggs made his MLB debut on August 22, and gave up two runs through 6 1⁄3 innings of work and was awarded the win.
Tyler Skaggs Death
On July 1, 2019, Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas. The Los Angeles Angels were visiting to play the Texas Rangers in a four-game series. Skaggs was scheduled to pitch in the series’ finale on July 4.
Cause of Death
Police said that no foul play is suspected but his cause of death is still undetermined.
Tyler Skaggs Pitching Style
Skaggs usually threw three pitches, leading with a four-seam fastball at 91 to 94 miles per hour (146–151 km/h).
He also threw a curveball at 72 to 76 miles per hour (116–122 km/h), and a changeup against right-handed hitters at 78 to 81 miles per hour (126–130 km/h).
The curve was referred to as his best pitch by Baseball America and other scouts.