Acquired: Via trade from the Angels on August 1, 2016, with LHP Hector Santiago for RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Alex Meyer and cash (MIN). Originally drafted by the Angels in the 25th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAA).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in 19 games at Rochester (Triple-A), striking out 32 and walking nine while allowing 16 hits in 29 1/2 innings for a .162 against.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Rochester on June 17 when LHP Adam Wilk was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 06/17/17
|June 17, in a 6-2 loss to the Indians in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The second of four pitchers, he allowed one run on two hits in two innings, walking one and striking out one. Of 29 pitches, 19 were for strikes. Coming on to start the top of the seventh in relief of right-handed starter Tyler Duffey, he got the first two batters, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion, to ground out to third base before allowing a single to left by Carlos Santana. After Austin Jackson walked, Yan Gomes flew out to right field. In the eighth, Lonnie Chisenhall flew out to center and Giovanny Urshela popped out to shortstop before Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run to right field. Daniel Robertson then grounded out to shortstop.|
|Busenitz, drafted out of Kennesaw State by the Angels, brings a fastball in the middle - and occasionally upper-90s, a changeup and a curveball in his arsenal, and he works with plus command and a deceptive delivery. After making a fine Short-Season A debut in Orem in 2013, and then an even better impression in his first full season, 2014, when he posted a 1.94 ERA and collected 17 saves at Burlington (Class A), the Angels actually skipped him past High A right to Arkansas (Double-A) where he struggled mightily and was sent back to Inland Empire (High A). That bump in the road may have paved the way for the rest of the smooth sailing. After combining between those two stops for a 1-7 record and 5.15 ERA, allowing opposing hitters a .323 average in 99 2/3 innings, he returned to form in 2016, pitching at four stops -- the Double-A and Triple-A outposts of the two organizations between which he changed hands after the August trade. So between Arkansas, Salt Lake (Triple-A), Chattanooga (Double-A) and Rochester, he combined for a 3.54 ERA in 45 games, striking out 55 and walking just 15 in 61 innings.|