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TEMPE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 18: Brandon Marsh #89 of the Los Angeles Angels poses for a photo during Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 18, 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
TEMPE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 18: Brandon Marsh #89 of the Los Angeles Angels poses for a photo during Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 18, 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers (42) throws in the bottom of the first against Vanderbilt in the 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Omaha, Neb.
Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers (42) throws in the bottom of the first against Vanderbilt in the 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Omaha, Neb.

Reid Detmers

Reid Detmers was the Angels’ first-round selection in the 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft at 10th overall. Detmers was the ace of the Louisville Cardinals staff for a few seasons and is still just 21 years of age.

There was some chatter that Detmers could make his major league debut in 2020 to help the Angels’ push for a playoff spot despite never playing in a minor league baseball game. Draft evaluators have a wide variety of viewpoints on Detmers, some believing he can be a top of the rotation starter and others viewing him as no more than a solid number four. Personally, I am someone who pays very close attention to the draft and I am under the assumption that he fits into the latter category.

Detmers is not exactly something to write home about, but he could be a huge help to an Angels staff that needs it as early as 2021. He is as close to big-league ready as any of the first-round picks amongst pitchers. That helps the Angels a lot in the short-term, undoubtedly. Detmers definitely has the potential to exceed my personal expectations, but at this juncture, it seems as if he is more of a rotation filler than a rotation backbone.

Detmers should start in Double-A or High-A with a quick progression through the minors in 2021. He will likely be penciled in as a rotation member in 2022.

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