2022 Player Outlook
Is it possible that Barria was fortunate to only have a 4.61 ERA in 2021? Well, his 5.77 xERA, 4.88 FIP, and 5.04 xFIP all point to yes! Beyond that, his average exit velocity was at a career high last season, and that .302 xBA is quite scary. His strikeout rate also plummeted, and when you see the decrease in chase rate and whiff rate, it's not a major shock. With Shohei Ohtani in the rotation, the Angels will employ six starters, with Barria getting the inside track to the final spot. His workload likely needs to be monitored, as he hasn't thrown more than 83 innings in a season since the 2018 season. His strikeout rate plummeted last year, and it's not like he had a lot of room for it to go down. Barria allows a lot of hard contact, and doesn't strike many guys out, which typically isn't a recipe for success. He can be ignored outside of the deepest of AL-only setups.