Talk about shooting your way up the system.
Reid Detmers, the Angels’ first round pick in 2020 (No. 10 overall), will start for the team and make his major-league debut on Sunday. There’s an open spot in the rotation, as the club traded starter Andrew Heaney to the Yankees.
After a lost 2020 minor-league season, Detmers has quickly shot through the Angels’ system. He began the season in Double-A where he made 12 starts. In those outings he posted a 3.50 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 54 innings. After doing well, he was called up to Triple-A just a week ago.
In his lone start in Salt Lake, he threw six scoreless innings and struck out nine.
Here’s what Law had to say about the young lefty:
Detmers had the best command and control in the 2020 draft class, but his ceiling was limited by his average fastball and the expectation that it wouldn’t get much better, since he was 21 and didn’t seem to offer any projection. He’s been up to 97 as a starter this year, however, with two above-average or better weapons in his slider and changeup, striking out 97 men in 54 innings (43 percent of batters faced) in Double A already. With this kind of stuff and his present command, he could be an ace.