Chris Iannetta C LAA Jul 02 '79
Chris Iannetta singled in Kole Calhoun in the bottom of the 11th to give the Angels a 3-2 win over the Mariners on Friday.
Iannetta, who has been splitting time pretty evenly with Hank Conger for three months now, has hit .326 with four homers and eight RBI in 43 at-bats during September. It's going to be interesting to see what the Angels do with their catching situation next year. It looks like Conger will outhit Iannetta against righties going forward, but Iannetta is the better defender and he certainly deserves better than being on the wrong side of a platoon.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Jun 25 '79
Chris Iannetta finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, and two runs scored Friday against the Astros.
Iannetta now has 10 home runs on the year. The 30-year-old has gone deep three times so far in September, his most in any month since April. Still, it's difficult to get too excited about him outside of deeper two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues.
Chris Iannetta C LAA May 02 '79
Chris Iannetta went 2-for-3 in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
It was his first multi-hit game since July 6. Iannetta is still batting just .215/.355/.346 in 72 games this season.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Mar 05 '79
Chris Iannetta homered for the second consecutive game, helping to lead the Angels to a 5-2 victory over the Royals on Friday.
Iannetta finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk. His sixth inning blast off Luke Hochevar tied the score at 2-2 and the Angels would never look back. While he's hitting just .205 on the season, he sports a terrific .366 OBP while blasting five homers and driving home 15 runs. He remains a decent option in deeper two-catcher formats.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Feb 25 '79
Chris Iannetta went 1-for-2 with a walk against the White Sox on Thursday.
Iannetta is batting .202 with no power (three homers, .333 slugging) this year, but he's been getting on base plenty recently. Since May 5, Iannetta has drawn 10 walks in nine games to pump his OBP to .333. He's not a good fantasy player, and he likely won't be again playing in Angels Stadium, but Iannetta is an underrated catcher who isn't likely to lose his starting job.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Feb 04 '79
Chris Iannetta is not in Friday's lineup against the Mariners.
Hank Conger will catch C.J. Wilson for the third straight time. Those in daily fantasy leagues should keep this arrangement in mind.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Jan 11 '79
Chris Iannetta homered in the third and delivered a two-run single in the 13th to lead the Angels to a 3-1 win over the Reds on Monday.
Iannetta did all of the damage for the Angels. His homer was one of just three hits off Johnny Cueto. His single in the 13th came after Howie Kendrick was intentionally walked and pinch-hitter Hank Conger was hit by a J.J. Hoover pitch, loading the bases. Iannetta was one of the winter's rare bargains, signing a three-year, $15.55 million deal to stay with the Angels in October. He's not a great fantasy catcher, especially with Angels Stadium holding him down, but he's a truly underrated major leaguer.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Dec 17 '78
Chris Iannetta belted a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Padres.
He also added an RBI on a bases-loaded walk. Iannetta missed nearly three months last season with a fractured wrist, but he still offers above-average power at the catcher position.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Jul 16 '78
Angels signed C Chris Iannetta to a three-year contract extension.
Financial terms of the deal aren't yet known. The two sides had a $5 million mutual option for 2013 that had been expected to get picked up, but now Iannetta will get a couple more years tacked on. He batted .240/.332/.398 with nine homers over 79 games for the Halos this season while spending almost three months on the DL with a fractured right wrist.
Chris Iannetta C LAA Jul 14 '78
Chris Iannetta is expected to return to the Angels next season.
Iannetta has a $5 million option for 2013, and it sounds like both parties are interested in continuing the relationship. "I wanna be here," Iannetta said, with Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto adding, "It's certainly something we're interested in." Iannetta has hit .242/.335/.402 with nine homers while being limited to 78 games this season, but he's likely to earn the $5 million if he can stay off the DL in 2013.