Reid Detmers is one step closer to the majors and quite a bit wealthier this week as he officially became a member of the Los Angeles Angels on June 28.
Detmers, who attended Nokomis High School for three years before moving to Chatham with his family, received a $4,670,000 signing bonus from the Angels, who selected him tenth overall in this year’s draft.
Considered one of the most Major League-ready pitchers in the draft after coming out of the University of Louisville, Detmers has been added to the Angels’ 60-player pool for an abbreviated spring training that began on Wednesday, July 1.
Major League Baseball will start play on July 23-24 with a shortened 60-game season. The Angels will have ten games each against fellow American League West foes, the Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, plus 20 interleague games against National League west competition, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.
Even if Detmers doesn’t get the call to the Angels this season, his placement in the player pool allows him to face live competition this season, something many young players won’t have the chance to do after the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball season for the first time since its inception in 1901.