2021 MLB Draft: Angels can build towards future with these pitchers
By Brad Senecal
For the third year in a row, the Angels have addressed their rotation issues by taking one-year flyers on reclamation projects. Again focusing on the short term, it is time to continue building for the long-term through the 2021 MLB Draft.
As we get closer near to meaningful baseball, the reality begins to set in–the Angels are done making changes to their rotation, especially with the Astros recent signing of Jake Odorizzi.
The biggest question mark next to Shohei Ohtani’s health was the performance of the newcomers, Alex Cobb and Jose Quintana. Admittedly there was some disappointment that this was the extent of general manager Perry Minasian’s moves as far as addressing the rotation. Early returns have been good in a small sample size as Quintana and Cobb have pitched well in spring camp.
Angels used short-term solutions for the rotation this season.
The team’s newly announced ace, Dylan Bundy, has thrown 6.2 scoreless innings, Griffin Canning has dazzled with his curveball, and Andrew Heaney has continued his trend of having mixed results after a relatively successful spring debut.
While the focus has mainly been to the six pitchers most likely to make up the rotation, all eyes have been on the next wave of arms in Reid Detmers and Chris Rodriguez. Baseball mostly acts as a ‘what have you done for me lately’ game, but it is important to always have an eye on the future. People have been clamoring to make the team good enough to get Mike Trout more playoff at-bats, and these two young Angels pitchers bring optimism that this team will be set up for the long run to win.