Angels’ Chase Silseth throws six one-hit innings against A’s in major league debut – Daily News

OAKLAND — When Chase Silseth took the mound for the Angels on Friday night, he certainly didn’t look like someone who had been in Double-A earlier this week, or in college a year ago.

After he worked six innings in the Angels’ 2-0 victory over the Oakland A’s, Silseth was asked how he managed to keep himself grounded in his big-league debut.

“Sixty feet, six inches,” Silseth said. “Just go out and compete. Same game. Just a different level.”

Silseth, 21, proved the Angels were right to promote him to the majors so quickly. He allowed just one single.

Silseth was the second pitcher in Angels history to work at least six scoreless innings in his major league debut. The other one was Jered Weaver, who worked seven scoreless innings in his 2006 debut.

“That’s no fluke,” Manager Joe Maddon said of Silseth. “That kid’s good.”

Maddon could not commit to when Silseth will pitch next, though. They don’t need a sixth starter for a couple of weeks because of off days. And it’s even possible they could option him on Saturday to bring up another reliever to help fortify the bullpen for the doubleheader.

“Not yet, I really can’t (say what’s next for Silseth),” Maddon said. “From what I had heard and what you just saw, it looks like he’s the kind of guy you want to give opportunity to.”

Silseth made it to the majors just 304 days after the Angels picked 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, and he gave up six runs in 3-1/3 innings in two games.

“He struggled a little bit,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said before Friday’s game. “We gave him some things to work on in the offseason. And he dove into it, attacked it. Probably had as good of an offseason as anybody as far as coming into camp and being ready to go and I think it’s shown.”

Back at Double-A this season, Silseth posted a 1.73 ERA in five games, earning a promotion to the big leagues. He is the first player from the 2021 draft to reach the majors with any team.

Minasian said they had seen enough to believe he was ready, despite his youth and lack of experience.

“They don’t check IDs at the door, to get in the clubhouse or walk on the mound,” Minasian said. “We feel like he’s got not only the talent to do it but 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 showed some impressive stuff, too.

His fourth pitch of the game was a 98.6 mph fastball, on his way to an average fastball of 95.8 mph. He struck out Sheldon Neuse to end the first with a splitter. Silseth threw 28 splitters, and the A’s hitters whiffed on six of their 16 swings.

The A’s had just three baserunners against him, creating one jam. In the third inning, Elvis Andrus led off by bouncing a single through the middle. An out later, Silseth walked Tony Kemp.

He escaped with the help of left fielder Brandon Marsh, who caught a fly ball and then fired a perfect strike to third to nail Andrus at third.

After that, Silseth retired all nine hitters he faced in the next three innings, before turning the game over to the Angels’ bullpen.

Maddon said Silseth had used his secondary pitches too much in the third, and after that, he went back to pounding the strike zone with his fastball.

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