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Angels select RHP Sam Bachman, Miami (OH), 9th overall


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  • mmc changed the title to Angels select RHP Sam Bachman, Miami (OH), 9th overall

Dan O'Dowd didn't like the pick so I love it.

For real though, good pick. The Angels have had a lot of luck turning 2 pitch guys into starters (Suarez comes to mind) and if they make a run Bachman could be our secret K-Rod move in September.

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Here's the MLB.com blurb about Bachman:

"Miami (Ohio) has produced 13 big league pitchers (most notably Charlie Leibrandt) as well as Bill Doran, Adam Eaton and Tim Naehring via the Draft, but it's Bachman who should become its first-ever first-round pick. An immediate starter as a freshman in 2019, he kicked his stuff up a notch in the Grand Park Summer League after the coronavirus shutdown and then again during fall practice. Some scouts have given top-of-the-scale grades to both his fastball and spring, when he ranked second in NCAA Division I in WHIP (0.77) and fourth in hits per nine innings (4.4). 

After working at 91-94 mph for much of his first two college seasons, Bachman now sits at 94-97 and hits 101 with plenty of armside run and sink. His slider also has gained more power, operating in the mid-80s with nastier bite and destroys left-handers and right-handers alike. His deceptive, heavy changeup in the mid-80s gives him at least a solid third offering. 

Bachman averaged 4.1 walks per nine innings during his first two college seasons but is providing more consistent strikes after improving his conditioning and athleticism during his layoff. He does come with some reliever risk because he's 6-foot-1 with a short arm action and a low three-quarters arm slot, and he did miss two early-season starts with a tired arm. He's strong and competitive, however, and should remain a starter if his upgraded control and command are for real."

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