LA Angels spring training guide: 5 prospects to keep an eye on
By David Rice
Reid Detmers is a guy you may not have heard much about just yet, but he has the potential to be either a good starter. Maybe a No.2 or No.3 man in the rotation, or Detmers could be a power-arm out of the bullpen with closer potential.
This season Detmers will have to pitch well in spring training to crack the Angels opening day roster. It may be a stretch as Detmers has no minor league or major league experience due to the pandemic. It could have set Detmers arrival to Anaheim back a bit as he will most likely need at least half a season in the minors before making it to the show.
However, Detmers had a lot of success in college at the University of Louisville because of his confidence. Detmers has a live fastball that ranges between 91-95 MPH. He also possesses a nasty curveball that helped him record 48 strikeouts in just 22 innings of work in 2020 before the pandemic shut down his junior season for Louisville.
Whenever Reid Detmers arrives in the big leagues, he will bring electric stuff to the Angels mound.
My feeling is that we will see Detmers in Anaheim after the All-Star Break, provided he stays healthy. It may be out of the bullpen at first, but eventually, in the next couple of years, Detmers will join a young Angel rotation with Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval, and hopefully, Shohei Ohtani that could be a strong staff for years to come.
A consistent starting rotation is something the Angels have not had since the days of Jered Weaver, John Lackey, Ervin Santana, and Joe Saunders in the late 2000s.