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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 is not in the Angels starting lineup on Saturday.
It's just a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop against tough opposing southpaw Clayton Kershaw. Carlos Perez will start behind the dish for the Halos and bat sixth on Saturday. Aug 1 - 1:31 PM

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Chris Iannetta blasted a three-run home run and walked in a 2-for-3 effort as the Angels dominated the Twins on Tuesday.

Iannetta hit an RBI single in the second inning to break a scoreless tie, then put the game out of reach, smacking a three-run home run in the sixth off of Blaine Boyer to push the Angels' lead to 7-0. The catcher has only six home runs on the season, but three of them have come in his last seven games. He's doing what he can to improve on a meager .199/.316/.326 batting line with 24 RBI.
Jul 22 - 1:21 AM

Chris Iannetta went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Iannetta walked and scored in the second inning before hitting a two-run dinger in the third. The homer was his first since May 28 and his fourth overall. He's hitting just .193/.313/.292 on the year.
Jul 8 - 12:28 AM

Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam on Thursday in a 12-2 stomping of the Tigers.

With the game already out of hand, Detroit stretched Tom Gorzelanny beyond his LOOGY capabilities and his ERA will suffer for it for some time. Not that Iannetta much cares. His slash line was a hideous .123/.217/.137 as recently as 11 days ago, but Carlos Perez's emergence has jolted him awake. Iannetta has 12 RBI in his past 10 games and three homers and three doubles across his last eight.
May 29 - 1:42 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Carlos Perez
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
2Conor Gillaspie
LF1David Murphy
2Shane Victorino
3Matt Joyce
4Daniel Robertson
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1David DeJesus
2C.J. Cron
3Efren Navarro
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2Garrett Richards
3C.J. Wilson
4Hector Santiago
5Andrew Heaney
6Matt Shoemaker
7Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Trevor Gott
6Cesar Ramos