Two days before Major League Baseball’s brightest stars hit the field in Colorado for the 2021 All-Star game, the next generation of big leaguers will take the field, including former Nokomis Redskin Reid Detmers.
Detmers, the number 10 pick by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2020 draft, will join some of the game’s top prospects at Coors Field in Denver on Sunday, July 11 for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
One of 25 players selected for the American League Team, Detmers is currently the team’s number two prospect behind outfielder Brandon Marsh and is the 57th best overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline. He will be joined at the Futures Game by fellow Angels prospect Hector Yan.
Detmers started the season for the Angels Double A team, the Madison, AL-based Rocket City Trash Pandas, and has done well in his pro debut.
As of July 1, Detmers is 2-2 with a 3.95 ERA with 76 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 41 innings pitched. In his last two outings, Detmers has struck out 30 batters in just 12 innings, 14 on June 20 and 16 on June 26, both of which were career highs at the time.
In the Trash Panda’s 3-2 win over the Biloxi Shuckers on June 20, Detmers started the game with an “immaculate inning,” a rare feat where a pitcher retires the first three batters on strikeouts on nine pitches.
His strikeout total thus far is the best in the Double A South division, five more than Jake Eder, who has pitched six and two-thirds more innings, and is more than all but three other pitchers in the entire minor leagues. Detmers also leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings at 16.68 per game, more than two more than his closest challenger.
Detmers’ numbers and increased velocity (he’s touched 97 on the radar gun and sits mostly in the 92 to 94 mile per hour range with his fastball) has impressed Angels Coach Joe Maddon according to a June 30 interview with Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
“I’m a big fan of the kid himself,” Maddon told Bollinger. “I like his makeup from when I’ve spoken to him in person. And I like the idea that he’s picked it up as much as he has with the strikeouts. It’s interesting because he was not a mid-90s pitcher. When we got him, I was told high 80s, maybe touch 90-91, and now he’s become something else. I think he’s learning to how to deal with that, plus the addition of the new breaking ball. So it’s all looking good. But more than anything, I like his makeup.”
While Detmers is still expected to make his Major League debut in 2022 according to the article, the Futures Game will give the former Redskin a glimpse at a big league atmosphere. The game will start at 2 p.m. local time and will be broadcast on the MLB Network.