José Briceño
C LAA
Sun 9/6/20 2:29 PM

Briceno was optioned to the Angels' alternate training site Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Max Stassi (knee) rejoining the active roster, Briceno's services were no longer needed at the big-league level. Briceno has appeared in just two games this season, recording one base knock in six trips to the plate.

José Briceño
C LAA
Mon 8/31/20 3:47 PM

Briceno's contract was selected by the Angels on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old backstop had a 108 wRC+ at Triple-A in 2018 and a 54 wRC+ at that level a season ago. He also hit .239/.299/.385 with five home runs in 128 plate appearances in the majors for the Angels in 2018. With Max Stassi (quadriceps) on the IL and Jason Castro dealt to the Padres, it will be Anthony Bemboom and Briceno who handle the catching duties in the short term.

José Briceño
C LAA
Tue 6/30/20 10:43 AM

Briceno (shoulder) will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster.

EDGE Analysis

Briceno, who is not on the 40-man roster, is one of five catchers currently listed in the team's 60-man player pool. The 27-year-old recorded 128 plate appearances in the majors in 2018 (.239/.299/.385), but he did not see action at the highest level last season. That was due largely to a shoulder injury that limited him to just 22 games for Triplle-A Salt Lake. Briceno will now get a chance to continue any necessary rehab with the big-league club, though it's expected that Jason Castro and Max Stassi will serve as the primary catchers once the regular season begins.

José Briceño
C LAA
Tue 5/19/20 3:22 AM

Briceno (shoulder) could garner big-league playing time as a result of expanded rosters if a 2020 season is played, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Jason Castro and Max Stassi are expected to open a potential 2020 campaign as the Angels' top two options at catcher, the likelihood of expanded rosters could provoke a desire for additional depth behind the plate. Any backstop promotion would likely come down to Briceno or Anthony Bemboom, with Briceno wielding a more powerful bat and Bemboom exhibiting superior plate discipline.

José Briceño
C LAA
Mon 3/9/20 11:55 AM

Briceno has not played in a game since Feb. 26 due to a right shoulder issue, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

News of the shoulder problem is particularly concerning since Briceno was limited to 22 games in Triple-A last season due to issues with the same shoulder. Pending recovery, he is expected to open the campaign back in the minors.

José Briceño
C LAA
Wed 2/26/20 1:38 PM

Briceno (shoulder) will start at catcher and bat eighth in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Briceno made his spring debut in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Brewers, entering the contest behind starting catcher Anthony Bemboom. The 27-year-old will now get his first start of the Cactus League slate, signaling that he's fully healthy again after missing much of the 2019 campaign with a strained shoulder. The backstop is attending camp as a non-roster invitee and is expected to open the upcoming season at Triple-A Salt Lake.

José Briceño
C LAA
Fri 1/31/20 8:02 PM

Briceno (shoulder) signed a contract with Los Angeles, which includes an invitation to spring training.

EDGE Analysis

The terms of the contract are not yet known, though the backstop will begin camp with the big-league club. He was released by the Angels at the beginning of August and figures to serve as organizational depth during the 2020 campaign, assuming he's healthy.

José Briceño
C LAA
Thu 8/8/19 2:35 PM

Briceno was released by the Angels on Thursday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

In a corresponding move, the Angels reclaimed pitcher Adalberto Mejia off waivers and released Briceno to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. In 22 games with Triple-A Salt Lake this season, the 26-year-old hit .215 with four homers and 17 runs batted in. Briceno has been out with a shoulder strain since May 20.

José Briceño
C LAA
Sun 6/9/19 6:21 PM

Briceno (shoulder) is expected to remain sidelined at Triple-A Salt Lake for "a while" longer, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Salt Lake placed Briceno on its 7-day injured list back on May 20 with a strained shoulder and it doesn't sound like he's made much meaningful progress while being shut down over the past three weeks. Briceno's ongoing absence depletes the Angels' catching depth in the high minors, but it's unlikely to impact the big club so long as Jonathan Lucroy and Kevan Smith both maintain health.

José Briceño
C LAA
Wed 5/22/19 1:23 AM

Briceno was placed on the minor-league injured list Monday with a shoulder strain, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Briceno hasn't found much success at Triple-A Salt Lake this season since losing out on the backup catching job to Kevan Smith in spring training, as he is slashing .218/.265/.410 in 21 games.