From the Nokomis Braves and Redskins to the Glenwood Titans to the Louisville Cardinals, Reid Detmers has looked good in red for a long time. Now, the young pitcher has a chance to keep the same color scheme, but on a much grander stage.
On Wednesday, June 10, Detmers was picked 10th overall in the Major League Baseball draft, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the 20-year-old who grew up in Nokomis.
Watching the draft from the Louisville Cardinals’ film room, Detmers was all smiles as he received the call from the Angels.
The son of Kris and Erica Detmers, Detmers had a prep record of 29-7, going 20-5 in his first three years at Nokomis. The lefty hurler would rack up 446 strikeouts in the high school ranks, with a career best 153 for Glenwood his senior year.
Drafted in the 32nd round by the Braves in the 2017 draft, Detmers opted go to the University of Louisville, where he turned into one of the game’s top pitchers. In an abbreviated three years at career at Louisville, Detmers was 20-6 with an ERA of 3.20 and 284 strikeouts, fourth most all-time for the Cardinals.
Detmers started eight games as a freshman, going 4-2 with a 4.85 ERA and 69 strikeouts, but a stint in the Cape Cod League over the summer primed him for breakout season as a sophomore.
Excelling as Louisville’s regular Friday night starter, Detmers proved to be one of the top college pitchers in the country as he went 13-4 with 167 strikeouts an ERA of 2.78. Those stats would earn him a first team All-American nod and the honor of being the ACC Pitcher of the Year. Detmers would also be a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Award.
Detmers would earn first team All-American honors again in 2020, a season that was shortened due to COVID-19 in which the Cardinals went 13-4 in 17 games. Three of those wins would come from Detmers, who struck out 48 batters in just 22 innings while giving up just three earned runs.
The draft is nothing new for the Detmers family. His father was drafted twice, in the 32nd round in 1992 by the Chicago White Sox and in the 22nd round in 1993 by the St. Louis Cardinals. The elder Detmers pitched for six years in the Cardinals organization, rising as high as Triple A in 1997 and 1999.
In addition to Kris Detmers, Donnellson’s Tyler Shelton (52nd round in 1997 by the Atlanta Braves) and Hillsboro’s Loren White (17th round in 1985 by the Montreal Expos).