Rockies acquire Tyler Chatwood from the Angels

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for catcher Chris Iannetta.

Chatwood, 21, went 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA (142.0 ip, 75 er), 71 walks and 74 strikeouts in 27 games/25 starts for the Angels in 2011, his first season in the Major Leagues. The Fontana, CA native had his contract purchased by the Angels on April 10, and earned his first Major League victory on April 16 at Chicago-AL, becoming the seventh-youngest Angel starter to earn his first MLB victory (21 years, 121 days). Chatwood went 4-2 with a 3.82 ERA (63.2 ip, 27 er) on the road, compared to a 2-9 record with a 5.51 ERA (78.1 ip, 48 er) at home with the Angels in 2011. Among American League pitchers with at least 25 starts, Chatwood finished in the top-20 (19th) in both ground ball/fly ball ratio (1.46) and ground ball percentage (59.4-percent).

Originally selected by the Angels in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Chatwood was the Angels’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2010, as he made starts for the High-A, Double-A and Triple-A Angels affiliates during that season. The 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander was named the Angels second-best prospect in the organization and the 76th-best prospect in baseball prior to the 2011 season by Baseball America.

Iannetta, 28, has spent his entire eight-year professional career in the Rockies organization after the club selected him in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He batted .238 (82-for-345) with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 112 games for Colorado in 2011, his sixth-consecutive season in the Majors. Iannetta is a career .235 (336-for-1429) hitter with 72 doubles, 9 triples, 63 home runs and 236 RBI in 458 career Major League games. The Providence, RI is the Rockies franchise leader for a catcher in runs (196), hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks (241) and games caught (427). Set career-high marks in 2011 for his 27.1-percent caught stealing percentage (26-for-96) and the 26 runners he caught stealing.

The Rockies have 37 players on the 40-man roster.