LA Angels: Reid Detmers shows he has the stuff to succeed in LAA debut

Reid Detmers, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Reid Detmers, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

2020 No. 10 overall pick for the LA Angels, Reid Detmers made his Major League debut on Sunday.

The Louisville product is the No. 56 prospect in baseball.

Unfortunately, the lefty posted a stat line of 4.1 IP, six earned runs, six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. That being said, the eye test proved Detmers’ debut to have gone a lot different.

Reid Detmers had plenty of filth for the LA Angels in his MLB debut.

Reid Detmers really flashed his potential in his LA Angels debut.

His first career strikeout was against All-Star first baseman Matt Olson, where he put his nasty curveball on display.

Just dirty. The best part is that it wasn’t a one-time occurrence. We saw it repeatedly throughout the contest.

The thing is, the curveball is already working right now. In his first few starts, Detmers is going to need to take his time and figure out how to attack hitters at the big league level. These first few outings are going to be about deciphering how to outsmart hitters.

If he already was able to really flash the curveball today, imagine how dirty it’s going to be in September? It’s going to be much improved, and once he gets a few seasons of work in, he’s going to kill it.

His curveball has been his best pitch, so this isn’t the biggest surprise. It was an even bigger deal when he showed off his slider.

He had worked on that slider at Louisville, and it was great to see it come to life over the weekend.

Detmers didn’t have the numbers to prove a strong performance on Sunday, but he didn’t walk very many guys, and he showed what he has in his toolbox.

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Watching Sandoval on Friday, Barria on Saturday, and Detmers on Sunday has me feeling really good about the future of this rotation.