Angels Opening Day: 5 Key Storylines to watch in 2020
By Kyle Franzoni
Angels Top Storylines: Which rookies will debut in 2020?
As we already know, Jo Adell will not break camp with the Angels and will need to wait to make his MLB debut. He’ll see his shot at some point in 2020, but given service time concerns, the team is going to make him force their hand in order to gain another season of contractual control.
However, the game’s number third-ranked prospect is far from the only rookie that will look to get his first look at big-league life in 2020.
In particular, the Angels have a few arms on their 60-man roster that could be given a look in 2020 if the need arises.
2020 first-round pick Reid Detmers came to the Angels with as much polish as any college pitcher in recent memory. While he won’t light up a radar gone with high-90s heat, the word often attached to Detmers is “pitchability.”
The lefty from Louisville features some of the best control of any minor leaguer and can use any of his pitches to get strikeouts. Swings and misses were plentiful during his time with the Cardinals, where he averaged 13.4 K/9 over his 191 innings of work, including a 19.6 K/9 mark in 2020 before the season was shut down.
Like Detmers, fellow 2020 draftee Adam Seminaris is in summer camp and features a similar pedigree to the first-round pick. However, the former Long Beach State lefty doesn’t the same track record at Detmers, but he K’d 14.7 per nine innings over his 22 innings in 2020 and averaged 8.0 over his three-year career.
Both will have an uphill battle to reach the majors in 2020. However, both profile as quick movers through the system due to advanced secondary pitches. Promoting them this quickly would be odd given the shortened season, but they are both on the 60-man roster for a reason, and if the need arises, the Angels could turn to either as needed.