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Chris Iannetta | Catcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Angels manager Mike Scioscia envisions Chris Iannetta making 100-115 starts behind the plate for the Angels in 2015.
With Hank Conger traded to the Astros over the winter, the door is open for Iannetta to seize a major opportunity. The 31-year-old backstop hasn't had more than 399 plate appearances in each of the past two seasons, but could push that number closer to 500 this year. If that's the case, expect close to 20 home runs and a tidy profit in the late rounds of fantasy drafts. Feb 20 - 6:44 PM

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Date:'s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels would be open to discussing an extension with Chris Iannetta.

However, those talks likely wouldn't take place until after Opening Day. Iannetta will make $5.53 million in 2015 and is currently slated to hit free agency next winter. The 31-year-old backstop has batted .238/.357/.386 with 27 homers over the last three seasons for the Angels.
Jan 27 - 8:13 PM

Chris Iannetta pinch hit and lifted a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, which allowed the Angels to eke out a win against the Twins on Thursday.

Tony Campana, pinch-running for David Freese, stood on third base after a lead-off double and a sacrifice bunt. Iannetta pinch-hit for Hank Conger against lefty Glen Perkins and was able to break the 4-4 tie with a sacrifice fly to left field. Campana scored just ahead of Aaron Hicks' throw home. Iannetta has been a consistent contributor for the Halos, sporting a .260/.374/.423 slash line with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 321 plate appearances.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Chris Iannetta went 3-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in the Angels' win over the A's on Sunday.

Iannetta had just two hits in his previous 20 at-bats, so it was a nice game for the 31-year-old. The home run, a solo shot, was his seventh of the season. Iannetta is hitting .265 with an .811 OPS after Sunday's game.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 07:43:00 PM

Chris Iannetta drew a bases-loaded walk and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats as the Angels shut out the Athletics on Friday.

Iannetta came into the game mired in a slump, hitting .056 (1-for-18) dating back to August 20. He broke a scoreless tie with his two-run shot off of Jon Lester in the fifth inning, then walked with the bases loaded to force in a run in the sixth. The catcher has quietly put together a productive season, slashing .257/.372/.412 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:05:00 AM

Chris Iannetta doubled in Brennan Boesch in the top of the ninth to lead the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

It was an unusual way to get to Koji Uehara, who is typically unbeatable unless he surrenders a homer. Tonight, after entering a tie game, he lost on back-to-back doubles with two outs. Iannetta finished with two doubles in the game. He has just five homers this year, but with his average up -- his .270 mark is about 35 points better than his career average -- he's been a very solid regular once again.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 11:34:00 PM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead home run and two runs scored in the Angels' 4-3 win over the Royals on Sunday.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the eighth inning, Iannetta took Tim Collins deep for his fifth home run of the season. Iannetta also singled and scored in the Angels' three-run seventh inning. The catcher is hitting .248/.369/.455 for the year.
Sun, May 25, 2014 07:33:00 PM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Blue Jays.

It was his third home run of the season and his first since April 16. With a .230/.370/.419 batting line through 22 games, Iannetta continues to provide value to the Angels with his ability get on base, but he's only worth using in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues.
Sat, May 10, 2014 04:17:00 PM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 and drove home a run in Saturday’s loss to the Yankees.

Iannetta is hitting just .222 on the young season, but is getting on base at a .358 clip and has driven home nine runs. He remains a back-end option in two catcher mixed leagues.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Chris Iannetta belted a walk-off 12th inning solo homer to propel the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the A's.

Iannetta's shot to dead center off Drew Pomeranz was nearly pulled back into the yard by Craig Gentry, but the ball grazed off the top of his glove at the apex of his leap. Iannetta finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Hits have been hard to come by, but Ianetta's offensive value has been salvaged some by six walks and five extra-base hits (against two singles). He's slashing .184/.304/.421 through 38 at-bats.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 02:49:00 AM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Mariners.

Iannetta got the start in the Angels' season-opener on Monday, but it'll be Hank Conger in the second game of the year. Iannetta is expected to be the primary catcher in 2014, but the Angels also like Conger and that limits both of their value in standard fantasy leagues.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Chris Iannetta blasted a three-run homer, powering the Angels to a 7-3 victory over the Royals in Cactus League action on Friday.

The 30-year-old backstop finished the day 1-for-2 plus a walk. He's had a tremendous spring to this point, slashing .346/.500/.731 with a pair of long balls and 10 RBI, and should once again begin the season as the Halos primary option behind the dish.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 08:09:00 PM

Chris Iannetta credited new contact lenses for his turnaround at the plate last season.

The lenses also helped him on the defensive end. Iannetta batted .211/.356/.347 in the first half of the 2013 season and .246/.362/.413 in the second half. The 30-year-old catcher should regain some fantasy value in 2014.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 02:20:00 PM

Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports that the Blue Jays have targeted Angels catcher Chris Iannetta.

And if the Jays can't get Iannetta they'll try for the Angels' other backstop, Hank Conger. Iannetta, who's due $4.975 million in 2014 and $5.525 million in 2015, batted .225/.358/.372 with 11 homers and 39 RBI in 115 games this past season for Anaheim. Conger, who is still a pre-arbitration player, hit .249/.310/.403 with seven homers and 21 RBI in 92 games. Toronto wants to upgrade defensively from J.P. Arencibia.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 09:05:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 02:40:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Chris Iannetta
2Drew Butera
3Carlos Perez
4Jett Bandy
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Josh Rutledge
2Johnny Giavotella
3Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Grant Green
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Matt Joyce
2C.J. Cron
3Efren Navarro
Starting Pitcher
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
7Nick Tropeano
8Adam Wilk
Relief Pitcher
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Cesar Ramos
4Mike Morin
5Fernando Salas
6Cam Bedrosian
7Cory Rasmus
8Jeremy McBryde
9Vinnie Pestano
10Matt Lindstrom
11Drew Rucinski
12Frank Herrmann
13Scott Snodgress
14Edgar Ibarra