Angels sign LHPs Wilk, Ibarra …
The Angels have signed left-handed pitchers Adam Wilk and Egar Ibarra to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
Wilk, 26, made eight appearances for the Tigers from 2011-12 and spent the 2014 season mostly starting for the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate, posting a 4.72 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP and a 2.41 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 146 2/3 innings. Wilk was born in Anaheim, attended Long Beach State, spent the 2013 season pitching in Korea and was originally an 11th-round Draft pick by the Tigers in 2009.
Ibarra was signed by the Twins out of Venezuela in ’06 and was converted into a full-time reliever in 2012. The 25-year-old excelled in Double-A and Triple-A in 2013, posting a 1.93 ERA in 47 appearances, but he had a down year at those levels this past season, compiling a 4.22 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP and a 2.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 appearances.
Wilk and Ibarra will serve as Minor League depth on an Angels team that has been seeking starting pitchers and left-handed relievers for the upper levels of their farm system.