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Why did Angels send Reid Detmers to the minors? 22-year-old has struggled since no-hitter

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6/23/2022 Kevin Skiver

Reid Detmers has one of the two no-hitters thrown this season under his belt, and he's the only pitcher this season to throw a solo one. Since May 10, however, Detmers has hit a steep decline, culminating in the Angels optioning him to their Triple A-affiliate in Salt Lake on Wednesday.

The Angels have lost Detmers' last six starts by a combined score of 36-20. In that span, Detmers has an ERA of 5.67 and a FIP of 6.87. It's been nothing but struggles for the second-year pitcher, and it came to a head in the Angels' 12-11 loss Tuesday.

Detmers, 22, was the youngest pitcher in Angels history to throw a no-hitter when he blanked the Rays in May. The Angels had hoped he'd turned the corner into being part of the regular rotation, but ultimately his inconsistency and struggles forced their hand.

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To his credit, Detmers is still young. The Angels drafted him in 2020, and he dominated at Salt Lake. Detmers posted a 1.13 ERA in a pair of starts with the Bees in 2021, giving up one walk and striking out 11 in eight innings. 

As for why he was sent down, Angels manager Phil Nevin was candid.

“Sometimes things just snowball,” Nevin said, per The Athletic. “It just weighs on you. And you can tell from his demeanor a little bit. The confidence wasn’t quite what it was.”

The Angels are still trying to figure out their rotation, and the organization still seems to have hope Detmers is a long-term answer. For the time being, however, it will be on one of their other spot arms to fill the void Detmers being sent down leaves.


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