Jaime Jonathan Barria Soto...Pitched for Tigres del Licey in Dominican Winter League during 2020-21 offseason...Married his wife Adrianys Rodriguez following the 2020 season...Welcomed first child, Oct. 15, 2020 with birth of daughter April...First Panama-born pitcher in Angels history…The only other player in franchise history who was born in Panama is Hall of Famer Rod Carew...Originally signed by Angels scout Roman Ocumarez.
In fifth Major League season with Angels, pitched in career-high 35 games (one start) and led Angels bullpen with 74.2 innings pitched as a reliever...Made an Opening Day roster for first time in career...Was one of three players to remain on Angels active roster for entire season, joining Shohei Ohtani and Patrick Sandoval...Led Major League relievers with 11 appearances of 3.0+ innings pitched...His 22 outings of 2.0+ innings pitched ranked third among MLB relievers...Six relief appearances of 3.0+ IP without allowing an earned run are the most by an Angels pitcher in a single season since Scot Shields had seven in 2003...Had a 0.54 ERA (16.2 IP - 1 ER) with 15 strikeouts from April 17 - May 29 across six appearances...Following All-Star Break, pitched to a 2.04 ERA (35.1 IP - 8 ER) in 18 outings (one start)...Only start of season came on Aug. 6 at Seattle in Game 1 of a doubleheader (L; 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO).
Appeared in 13 games (11 starts) for Angels in his fourth Major League season...Began season at Alternate Training Site before making season debut in relief Apr. 10 at Toronto (Dunedin, FL) in only appearance of first big league stint of year...Worked 4.0 scoreless innings in relief May 18 vs. Cleveland before returning to Triple-A Salt Lake and rejoining starting rotation...After nine starts for Salt Lake from May 29-July 20, returned to Angels rotation July 25 and earned wins in each of his first two starts after allowing just two total runs in 13.2 innings pitched...Pitched to a 2.78 ERA (32.1 IP - 10 ER) at Angel Stadium across seven games (six starts)…Made four starts in day games and went 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA (21 IP - 4 ER)…Missed final seven games of season on injured list (right shoulder impingement).
Totaled seven games (five starts) for Angels throughout three Major League stints...Pitched out of bullpen in first two appearances (Aug. 18 & Aug. 25-Game 1) before joining starting rotation for remainder of regular season...Allowed three-or-fewer runs in all seven appearances and two-or-fewer runs in six of seven contests...Angels were victorious in each of his four September starts...Held opponents to a .211 (19/90) average against off-speed pitches, including a .188 (12/64) mark against his slider.
Made 19 appearances (13 starts) for Angels across eight stints in Majors...Four of six relief appearances were as "primary" pitcher following an Opener... Earned win in first career relief appearance April 10 vs. Milwaukee (2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO)…Had pitched exclusively as a starter in Angels organization since July 2015, encompassing previous 96 combined MLB/ MiLB outings... Pitched to a 2-2 record with a 3.06 ERA (32.1 IP - 11 ER) at Angel Stadium compared with a 2-8 record and 8.58 ERA (50.1 IP - 48 ER) on the road... Had streak of three straight appearances with 6+ strikeouts June 6 - July 3, which tied for longest such streak by an Angels pitcher in 2019... In 10 games for Triple-A Salt Lake, was 3-3 with an 9.68 ERA (48.1 IP - 52 ER) and 44 strikeouts.
Entered 2018 ranked by Baseball America as #6 prospect in Angels organization and the top pitching exclusive prospect (RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani was ranked #1)...Ranked #7 by MLB.com in the Halos system... After opening season with Triple-A Salt Lake, made Major League debut with Angels April 11 at Texas and earned win after tossing five innings and allowing one run on one hit (HR by Ryan Rua)...At 21 years, 267 days, was youngest A.L. pitcher to earn a win during 2018 season...Became youngest Angels player to make his Major League debut since Mike Trout (19 years, 335 days), July 8, 2011... Ranked third among American League rookies in wins, innings pitched, ERA (min. 75 IP) and batting average againstcFirst Angels pitcher to record 10+ wins in his debut season since Jose Arredondo (10 wins in 2008)... Pitched to a 2.47 ERA (62 IP . 17 ER) on the road, which ranked fourth in American League (min. 50 IP)... Was first Angels rookie to make 26+ starts in a season since Scott Schoeneweis (27) in 2000... Carried no-hitter through first 5.1 innings of start on May 3 vs. Baltimore before allowing a single to Trey Mancini... Set career high with 12 consecutive scoreless innings pitched between Aug. 31 . Sept. 10... During start on April 22 vs. San Francisco, tossed 49 pitches in a scoreless first inning, including a Major League record 21-pitch at-bat vs. Brandon Belt (previous record was 20 pitches seen by Houstonfs Ricky Gutierrez vs. Cleveland RHP Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998).
Entered the year ranked by Baseball America as #10 prospect in Angels organization ... Opened season with Adv.-A Inland Empire and pitched to a 2.48 ERA (65.1 IP - 18 ER) with 57 strikeouts and a .202 batting average against (48/238) in 11 starts for 66ers ... In month of May, went 3-1 with a 1.86 ERA (38.2 IP - 8 ER) with 34 strikeouts and seven walks in six starts for Inland Empire...Was named Angels Organizational Player of the Month ... At time of promotion to Double-A Mobile, June 1, ranked fourth in the California League in ERA, sixth in strikeouts and third in batting average against ... In first month with BayBears, was 1-1 with a 0.76 ERA (23.2 IP - 2 ER) with 19 strikeouts and three walks across four starts to earn second consecutive Angels Organizational Player of the Month honors ... Promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake, Aug. 22...Did not allow an earned run in two of three starts for Bees ... Named the #6 prospect in the Angels' organization by Baseball America for the 2018 season.