At the least, that’s been the prevailing knowledge. The entrance workplace of the Angels took a really unorthodox method to the MLB draft, clearly realizing that pitching was a necessity.
With the No. 9 choose within the draft, the Angels chosen pitcher Sam Bachman out of the College of Miami Ohio. Then they took Ky Bush, a pitcher out of St. Mary’s, within the second. Okay, good — handle the place of want early with a pair arms. That appears proper… perhaps now…
Then they took Landon Marceaux, additionally a pitcher, from LSU within the third. Wow, three straight pitch—
Within the fourth spherical, Vanderbilt’s Luke Murphy, (you guessed it) pitcher.
After which they took 16 extra pitchers after that.
I’m not kidding.
Within the 20-round MLB Draft, the Los Angeles Angels used all twenty picks on pitchers.
I mean, it makes sense why they would want to address their rotation and bullpen, but every single pick? That seems a bit… excessive? It’s almost like someone in the front office heard the rumblings from outside and said, “Oh yeah, you want pitchers? Here’s your damn pitchers.”
The Angels, as a team, have the fifth-highest ERA in the majors at 4.89, and they currently only have Shohei Ohtani and Patrick Sandoval, with his 3.70 ERA and 2-3 record, under team control beyond this season.
Who knows what the plan is for Ohtani past this year? I’m not sure manager Joe Maddon even knows. Having a plan and knowing how to utilize a player that is unlike any we have ever seen is an impossible task. What happens if Ohtani hurts his elbow while pitching? Can the Angels afford to risk losing his bat in the process? It’s a fine line to walk between allowing the two-way sensation to contribute in all the ways he can, all while attempting to manage the risks of doing so.
Some of these prospects, including first-round selection Sam Bachman, will likely be asked to contribute to the big league club sooner rather than later. In 59.2 innings this year, the hard-throwing righty with a fastball that can touch triple digits posted a 1.81 ERA with 93 strikeouts, allowing only one home run on the season. There’s a lot to like about the 21-year-old.
It’s a daring technique, Cotton. At the least one factor’s for positive — you’ll be able to’t say the Angels aren’t making an attempt to repair their pitching.