Los Angeles Angels Call Up Top Pitching Prospect

After being the No. 9 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, and still in Double-A, it's been a fast rise to the major leagues for top-10 Los Angeles Angels' pitching prospect Sam Bachman. 
The 23-year-old will join the Angels' bullpen, however, not the starting rotation. 

The flame-throwing right-hander can hit triple-digits on the radar gun, and the Angels projected him to be a reliever when he was drafted. 
He hasn't allowed a run over his last three appearances after a rocky start to the season at Rocket City. Bachman has a 5.81 ERA overall in six starts at AA, but has only surrendered 15 hits in 26.1 innings of work, while striking out about 10 batters per nine innings. 

But it's the walks that had been doing him in, as he's given up nearly seven walks per nine. He'll need to get that under control to make it in The Show.

The Angels have been, and will continue to be aggressive in promoting prospects. Bachman is the latest example, and with a big need for middle-innings relief help—pitchers who can get the ball to set-up man Matt Moore and closer Carlos Estévez—Bachman gets his shot. 

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