OAKLAND, Calif. — Chase Silseth left little doubt that he’s ready for the major leagues.
Less than a year removed from the draft and with just eight professional games under his belt, Silseth was promoted from Double-A and pitched six scoreless innings in his big league debut on Friday, leading the Angels to a 2-0 victory over the Oakland A’s.
The right-hander gave up one hit, walked two and struck out four.
Silseth, 21, 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.
The Angels don’t need a sixth starter for a couple of weeks, because of two upcoming off days, so it’s unclear when Silseth would make his next start.
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.