Four hundred seventeen days after Reid Detmers heard his name called as the number 10 pick in the Major League Baseball draft, the Nokomis native heard his name called once again, this time echoing out over the crowd at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
On Sunday, Aug. 1, Detmers made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Angels, earning the start against Oakland on his new home field. Just eight days earlier, the 22-year-old lefty had made his Triple A debut, a six-inning, nine strikeout gem in Salt Lake City’s win over Las Vegas on July 24.
The start of Sunday’s game went as well as it could have for Detmers as he gave up one hit and one walk in the first two innings, with a pair of strikeouts featuring his curve ball, which Angels’ broadcasters dubbed “Hell’s Rainbow.”
In the third, he would run into some trouble as two of the first three batters reached on a pair of singles to Elvis Andrus and Starling Marte. Oakland all-star Matt Olson, who was Detmers’ first strikeout victim, got even with the rookie hurler as he put the first pitch he saw in his second at-bat over the center field fence.
After a ground out and a walk, Yan Gomes belted homer number two of the inning, which gave Oakland a 5-3 lead in the third before Detmers collected the third out.
The fourth inning was more like the first two as Detmers got two ground outs and a fly out on just seven pitches. Unfortunately his day would come to an end in the top of the fifth as he got Marte to ground out, but hit Olson and allowed a single to Jed Lowrie.
Lowrie would eventually come around to score on a single by Gomes, with the Athletics’ sixth run charged to Detmers. His final line would be: 4.1 innings pitched, six earned runs, two strikeouts, two walks, one hit batsman and 55 strikes on 82 pitches.
The other Angel pitchers didn’t fare much better, giving up two more runs to give Oakland an 8-3 win, which dropped Los Angeles to 52-53 on the season.
The loss should do nothing to take the shine off Detmers’ accomplishment, which was witnessed by his family, including mom Erica and dad Kris, who were interviewed by Bally Sports West during their broadcast.
Detmers is just the second pitcher from the 2020 draft to make the majors, behind Garrett Crochet of the Chicago White Sox. He’s also thought to be the first player from Montgomery County to be the starting pitcher for a Major League game since Witt’s Glen Hobbie made nine starts for the Cubs and Cardinals in 1964.
Just the fact that Detmers made it to the “Show” is an accomplishment few can claim and his presence in Anaheim shows that with a lot of hard work and dedication, the road to the majors can run through anywhere, even Montgomery County.