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Chris Iannetta | Catcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Iannetta connected for a three-run homer and drew two walks in Friday's blowout win over the Red Sox.
His three-run blast was the big blow in a nine-run fifth inning for the Angels. Iannetta got off to a miserable start this season, but he has shown signs of life in recent days by going 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI over his last five games. May 23 - 12:14 AM

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Chris Iannetta went 3-for-4 while launching his first homer of the season in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Iannetta's home run was a solo shot and he also added another RBI on one of his two doubles. It was a much-needed performance, as the veteran catcher was starting to see his job slip away with the emergence of Carlos Perez. The big day pushed Iannetta's batting line up to a still-hideous .156/.241/.234.
May 18 - 4:48 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

Carlos Perez has now started 10 of the past 13 games over Iannetta. The latter sports an ugly .123/.217/.137 batting line this season.
May 17 - 11:19 AM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup Friday.

Iannetta has now started just one out of the last six contests behind the plate, as his wretched start and Carlos Perez's hot start has meant more and more playing time for the latter. Perez is batting seventh and catching Jered Weaver.
May 15 - 2:39 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup on Tuesday.

It's a little odd since he also sat out the club's last game, but perhaps he's just receiving an extended rest given his struggles at the plate (.100/.220/.120). Drew Butera is behind the dish Tuesday.
Apr 28 - 6:45 PM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

It's simply a routine day off. Drew Butera is behind the plate Sunday in Iannetta's place.
Apr 19 - 11:39 AM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Iannetta was the only Angels hitter with multiple hits as Rangers starter Nick Martinez kept their bats quiet most of the night. Iannetta also walked in the game, reaching base three times in total. The hits were his first since Opening Day as Iannetta is batting just .125 (3-for-24) with 10 strikeouts thus far.
Apr 15 - 12:05 AM

Chris Iannetta is not in the Angels' starting lineup on Saturday night against the Royals.

Drew Butera will get his first start of the season. It's just a routine maintenance day for Iannetta.
Apr 11 - 5:22 PM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in Monday's Cactus League game versus the Rangers.

Iannetta took Lisalverto Bonilla deep for his first spring homer in what turned out to be a four-run fourth inning. The catcher is now batting .333 (5-for-15). His career-high in games started is 115 and manager Mike Scioscia said in February he could have him match or exceed that mark this season with Hank Conger now out of the picture.
Mar 16 - 7:24 PM

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.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 20 - 6:44 PM

MLB.com'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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Carlos Perez
1B1Albert Pujols
2Marc Krauss
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
LF1Matt Joyce
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1C.J. Cron
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Cory Rasmus
6Cesar Ramos
7Vinnie Pestano