KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Jared Ruxer from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brooks Pounders.
Ruxer, 24, split the 2016 season between Burlington [Iowa] (A) and Inland Empire (A), posting a combined 3.08 ERA in 29 appearances and 19 starts and a 4-8 record.
He opened the season with the Bees, going 3-2 with a 1.44 ERA (10 ER in 62.1 IP) in his first 18 outings, before being promoted to the 66ers on July 8, where he was 1-6 with a 5.18 ERA in his final 11 outings (all starts). Last season marked Ruxer's second year in professional baseball after being selected by the Angels in the 12th round the of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Pounders, 26, made his Major League debut for the Royals last season, going 2-1 with a 9.24 ERA in 13 relief appearances with Kansas City.
The Royals now have 39 players on their Major League reserve list.