The angels announced to reporters (including Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times) they opted for the starter Reid Detmer at Triple-A Salt Lake. reliever jimmy herget heading to 15-day injured list with shoulder problem, and club recalled Olivier Ortega and Elvis Peguero to take their places on the active list.
Detmers’ demotion is the most notable of today’s string of moves, as he heads to the minors for the first time this season. The tenth overall pick in the 2020 draft, the southpaw flew through the minors to reach the major leagues last August. He started five games last year and opened this season in the rotation, taking the ball 12 times.
The 22-year-old did not hit the Rays on May 10, achieving the rare feat of just 11 starts in his big league career. It’s one of two no-hitters thrown in MLB this season (five Mets combined to keep the Phillies out of the hit column in April), but Detmers’ consistency throughout has made default. He’s eclipsed just five innings on another occasion, and he’s allowed more than four earned runs in three of his last five appearances.
Overall, Detmers has a 4.66 ERA in 58 innings this season. That’s despite opponents only hitting .204 on balls in play against him, and Detmers’ peripherals were disappointing. He struck out 18.6% of batters faced with a meager 8.7% strike rate, with both marks just a few points below the respective league averages. The Louisville product also gave up 11 home runs (1.71 per nine innings), and the front office obviously decided it was best to give him a reset in a low-pressure environment.
The inconsistency aside, Detmers is still young enough to be considered a potential long-term starter. He drew praise from reviewers for his secondary throws and solid control, and he made it to the majors after just one start with Salt Lake last year. The club could recall him within 15 days (sooner if he replaces an injured player), so it’s possible Detmers will be back at the Angel Stadium before the star break.
The timing of his next promotion will be important from a service time perspective. Detmers racked up 64 days of MLB service last year, and he’s picked up about 76 more days this season. Players are credited with a full year of service after spending 172 days on an MLB roster or injured list, leaving Detmers around the 140-day mark currently. He will need to spend about one more month in the big leagues this year to eclipse his first full year of service before the end of the season, which would keep him on track to achieve first free agency after the 2027 campaign.