With the ninth pick in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft, the Angels selected right-handed pitcher Sam Bachman from Miami (Ohio). Bachman was rated as the No. 14 prospect by Baseball America and the No. 14 prospect by MLB.com.
He made 12 starts this past season for the RedHawks, going 4-4 while posting a 1.81 ERA. In 59 2⁄3 innings, he struck out 93 while issuing only 17 walks. His WHIP was 0.77 and he allowed only one home run all season. His ERA ranked seventh among qualified NCAA Division I pitchers. The 21-year-old was a First-Team All-MAC selection and held opponents to a .147 batting average for the season.
Here is his complete scouting report, per Baseball America.
Bachman made an immediate impact for Miami (Ohio) during his freshman season in 2019, being named first-team All-MAC after posting a 3.93 ERA over 14 starts. For three years now he’s been a reliable starter for the Redhawks and should become the program’s first ever first-round product thanks to perhaps the best two-pitch combination in the 2021 class. Bachman has one of the hardest fastballs in the class and sits in the 95-97 mph range with the pitch, regularly getting to triple-digits with impressive arm-side running action and sink. On top of that, Bachman’s slider has an argument for being the best breaking ball in the class. It’s a hard, biting pitch that is routinely in the upper 80s and has eclipsed 90 mph plenty of times, with tremendous late life that generates whiffs inside the zone and out of it—mostly down and to his glove side. Both pitches grade out as at least 70s and there are scouts in the industry who have put 80 grades on both as well. Bachman predominantly works off of his fastball/slider combination, but he also throws a mid-80s changeup that has some diving action and could give him an average third pitch—though he’s thrown it less than 10% of the time this spring. Despite walking between two and three batters per nine innings the last two seasons, there is some reliever risk with Bachman, thanks to a delivery that has effort and isn’t the most fluid. His arm action is inverted in the back and he’s a palm-up pitcher, which scares some in the industry, and he also finishes with a bit of violence and falls off to the left. That delivery, combined with medical questions (he missed two starts this spring with arm soreness) and the fact that he pitched into the seventh just twice this spring have many evaluators confident he’ll be a bullpen arm in the majors. Whatever the role, it seems safe Bachman goes off the board somewhere in the middle of the first round.
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