2021 MLB Draft: Angels can build towards future with these pitchers

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MLB Pipeline recently released their 2021 top-30 prospects for each team. Detmers and Rodriguez represent the teams No.2 and No.4 prospects respectively, with the former sitting at No.74 in the leagues top-100. While both are young and have a lot of promise, scouts see both as possible mid-tier starters rather than aces of the staff.

"Detmers should be able to continue to fill up the strike zone thanks to a delivery he repeats consistently. His pitchability helped him strike out 47 batters in 30 innings at the alternate camp and that feel for his craft should allow him to move fairly quickly through the Angels system to a career as a durable mid-rotation starter in the big leagues."

While it is always great to have superstars, the Angels are a classic example of why depth is important to an organization. The upcoming draft is loaded with talented college arms that Perry Minasian should be chomping at the bit for. While high school prospects can have a higher upside, bringing in guys who have played in the NCAA for three to four years have the opportunity to contribute sooner.

Two of the Angels top-5 prospects in 2021 are Chirs Rodriguez and Reid Detmers.

While the results have not been there, every year the Angels are a team that always enter the season to compete and push for the playoffs. While high school draft picks such as Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, and Jordyn Adams provide great depth in the prospect pool, the team’s focus should be on college-level players who can contribute sooner while Trout and Rendon are in their primes.

This article will look at different groups of college pitchers that Minasian should look towards at this year’s draft. Most of the information that will be referenced is from MLB.com Top-100 Prospects and Prospects Live Top 350 Prospects along with their 2021 Mock Draft 2.0. While these are all highly rated players, due to COVID shutting down the 2020 college season and the 2021 campaign just starting, these will all be very small sample sizes.