3 players to fill LA Angels last starting rotation spot

Sep 20, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA;  Jaime Barria, LA Angels
Sep 20, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Jaime Barria, LA Angels / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Reid Detmers, LA Angels
Aug 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Reid Detmers, LA Angels / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels have their starting rotation almost set.

Their first five consists of these guys:

1. Shohei Ohtani

2. Noah Syndergaard

3. Patrick Sandoval

4. Jose Suarez

5. Michael Lorenzen

That one through four is solid, although I'm a bit concerned with Lorenzen in the rotation, as he's been a much better pitcher out of the pen in his career than as a starter. For the last spot in that rotation, we can either go with an external option, or an internal option. First, I'm going to take a look at someone in our system who has the potential to get the job done in our six man rotation.

No. 3 player to fill LA Angels last starting rotation spot: Reid Detmers

Admittedly, LA Angels mega prospect Reid Detmers by no means had good numbers in his first taste of the big leagues last year. Posting a 1-3 record, Detmers also posted a 7.40 ERA and a 1.790 WHIP in his five starts.

It was just five starts, however, and he went straight from Double-A Rocket City to the Bigs. He wasn't quite ready yet. Now that he'll be a year older, he'll be in a better position to succeed.

And besides, while his numbers were indeed down, he did show a lot of flashes. His slider was clearly improved from where it was on draft day, and he showcased good command with his strong curveball as well as his fastball. If we do get a spring training, look for a bounce-back effort from Detmers.