Reid Detmers

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Reid Detmers was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1st round of the 2020 amateur draft, with the 10th overall pick, from the University of Louisville. That was, of course the summer of the Coronavirus pandemic, so there was nowhere for Reid to pitch that summer. He thus had to wait until 2021 to make his professional debut.

He had already been drafted once, in the 32nd round of the 2017 amateur draft, by the Atlanta Braves, but had a strong commitment to Louisville. In his sophomore season in 2019, he went 13-4, 2.78 for the Cardinals and was 3-0, 1.23 before the pandemic ended the 2020 collegiate season, confirming his status as a future first rounder. He pitched in the 2019 College World Series and also for the USA College National Team. He began his first pro season straight in AA, with the Rocket City Trash Pandas, and after 12 starts during which he went 2-4, 3.50, he was promoted to AAA and the Salt Lake Bees. In that time, he was also selected to play in the 2021 Futures Game at Coors Field. He made one more start there before getting the call to Anaheim. He made his big league debut on August 1, 2021, starting against the Oakland Athletics and was charged with the 8-3 loss after giving up 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings. He was the second player from the 2020 draft to reach the big leagues, following Garrett Crochet, who had gone straight to the majors. He went 1-3, 7.40 in his 5 starts that season.

In 2022, he made the Angels' starting rotation out of spring training. His first five starts were nothing special, as he went 1-1, 5.32, but on May 10th, he put his name in the record books by pitching a gem against the Tampa Bay Rays, a complete game no-hitter in a 12-0 win. He allowed just one walk, and true to form, only struck out two opponents. He needed 108 pitches to complete the 12th no-hitter in franchise history, and the second of the season, although the first had been a combined effort by five New York Mets pitchers on April 29th. There was one controversial play in the 7th inning, when Brett Phillips hit a ball that deflected off the glove of 1B Jared Walsh and was ruled an error on a play that could just as easily have been ruled a hit. His career ERA entering the game was 6.33, the third highest of any pitcher to throw a no-hitter, and he had never recorded an out in the 7th inning as a pro - never mind pitch a complete game. Mike Trout hit a couple of homers in support of his pitching, with Chad Wallach and Anthony Rendon (in his first career left-handed at-bat) also going deep, while Phillips took the mound for the Rays in the 8th to spare their bullpen, allowing the Angels' final 4 runs. He struggled after throwing the no-hitter, however, as the Angels lost his next 8 starts and he was sent down to AAA for a spell on June 22nd. He finally notched another win on July 24th with 5 scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves in a 9-1 win. On July 31st, he added an immaculate inning to his list of accomplishments as he struck out a career-high 12 batters in 7 innings in a start against the Texas Rangers in which he ended up with a no-decision. His victims, in the 2nd inning, were Ezequiel Duran, Kole Calhoun and Charlie Culberson. He was just the third pitcher to record a no-hitter and an immaculate inning in the same season, joining Sandy Koufax and Mike Fiers. In his next start on August 6th, he pitched 7 strong innings in defeating the Seattle Mariners, 7-1, his ERA being just 1.16 in 31 innings since his return from the minors. He finished the season at 7-6, 3.77 in 25 starts.

In 2023, he was one of a number of Angels pitchers who struggled and were unable to take advantage of the team's improved hitting to better their records. On August 16th, as the team was sinking in the standings after giving fans hope that it could make a playoff run until mid-season, he made a bid for a second no-hitter in a start against the Rangers. In his best start of the year, he kept Texas hitless until the 8th inning until a one-out double by Marcus Semien. He left after that and received credit for a 2-0 win, which was a nice change after going 0-4 in his previous six starts, and his turn had been moved up because the Angels had really taxed their bullpen in 12-0 loss two nights before. It was only his third win of the year.

Interestingly, while has a good fastball, his greatest strength in his ability to locate his pitches precisely in the strike zone, something that makes him a bit of a throwback. His father, Kris Detmers, played seven seasons in the minor leagues, reaching AAA.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Rhett Bollinger: "'I don't even know': Detmers speechless after no-hitter in 11th start: Rookie lefty twirls 12th no-no in Angels history vs. Ray",, May 11, 2022. [1]
  • Rhett Bollinger: "Detmers' strong finish gives him plenty to build off",, September 27, 2023. [2]
  • Helene Elliott (Los Angeles Times): "Soft-spoken Reid Detmers has become quite a big deal for Angels' pitching staff", Yahoo! Sports, July 2, 2023. [3]
  • Mark Feinsand: "Angels' top pick thrives on old-school approach: No. 10 selection focused more on locating pitches than velo",, June 10, 2020. [4]
  • Sarah Langs and Andrew Simon: "A dozen amazing stats from Detmers' no-no",, May 11, 2022. [5]
  • Joe Reedy (Associated Press): "Angels rookie Reid Detmers throws no-hitter against Rays", Yahoo! News, May 11, 2022. [6]
  • Joe Reedy (Associated Press): "Angels' Reid Detmers adds immaculate inning to no-hitter", Yahoo! News, July 31, 2022. [7]
  • Jalyn Smoot: "'Everything came together' in Detmers' near no-no bid: Lefty finishes five outs shy of second career gem, yielding a one-out double in eighth",, August 17, 2023. [8]

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