The Angels have reached an agreement with tenth overall pick Reid Detmers, MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis reports (Twitter link). The left-hander signed for $4.67MM, which is slightly below the $4,739,900 slot price attached to the tenth pick. Callis adds that Detmers will be added to Los Angeles’ 60-man player pool.
After Asa Lacy, Detmers was the consensus choice as the best southpaw in this year’s draft class, with Baseball America, Keith Law, and MLB Pipeline all ranking Detmers as eighth-best player overall in their pre-draft rankings. (Fangraphs wasn’t far behind in putting Detmers tenth, in his eventual landing spot.) “Polished” is the common word in many of these scouting reports, as Detmers has displayed both excellent command and a knack for pounding the strike zone during his time at Louisville. The lefty has been able to rack up the strikeouts thanks to both a fastball in the 90-94 mph range and a curveball that Fangraphs describes as “arguably the best pitch in the entire draft.”
With Detmers now in the fold, the Angels have signed all four players from their 2020 draft class while remaining under their $6,397,100 spending pool limit. The Halos only had four picks in the five-round draft since they had to give up a pick as compensation for signing Anthony Rendon (a qualifying offer-rejecting free agent) this offseason.