Why all eyes are on the Angels’ pitching prospects as minor league camp opens – The Athletic


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Throughout the offseason, two of the Angels’ top pitching prospects have been training together in Arizona: Sam Bachman, the organization’s first draft pick in the 2021 draft, and Ky Bush, who was selected in the second round. They were launch partners — prospects on a similar trajectory.

“I’d like to think so,” Bush said. “Sam is a great guy, a great pitcher. I just look at the guys we have from this draft and the previous guys. We have a lot of good guys.

The Angels may not play games for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing owner-induced MLB lockdown. But a lot depends on the development of minor league pitchers in camp. Pitchers like Bachman and Bush.

Bachman made five High A starts last season, posting a 3.77 ERA in 14 1/3 innings. Bush pitched at the same level and had a 4.50 ERA in five starts. Bachman said he didn’t know what the organization’s plan was in terms of promotion through the system. But the team expects a lot from both players, and both could progress quickly.

The Athletic’s Keith Law ranked the Angels farm system 23rd. ESPN and Baseball America both have them at No. 29. Pitching is and usually has been at the heart of these low rankings. But this camp group hopes to show that there is a lot of potential that the pundits have yet to fully recognise.

“There’s no question we’re thrilled with the group that’s been brought in,” Angels farm manager Joey Prebynski said.


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