Two successful showcase events are causing Reid
Detmersí baseball stock to rise. The former Nokomis standout, whose family moved to Chatham during the summer, turned in some notable performances at the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. in August and at the USA Baseball Under-18 National Team trials in Houston in September.
Detmers, a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher, was the lead story in his teamís 7-5 win at the Area Code Games. He struck out six in 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run.
The Area Code Games have been in existence for 30 years and affords scouts from around the country an opportunity to see many of the gameís top high school-age prospects compete against one another.
That tournament was a precursor to Detmersí performance during the Under-18 National Team trials. Detmers excelled in the Tournament of Stars, held in Cary, N.C. in June. That group started with 108 players and Detmers made the initial 40-man roster for the U18 team. That 40-man team was pared down to just 20 players for the final squad determined at the team trials in September and he just missed the cut.
The only one of the 20 pitchers to make three appearances during the five-game, six-day event, Detmers tossed 3 2/3 innings and allowed just three hits, two unearned runs and no walks while striking out eight.
Based on the statistics, itís hard to imagine how he did not make the final 12-man pitching roster, which included several players who also played the field. Only four other pitchers did not allow an earned run and only one of them surpassed his strikeout total; and that pitcher C.J. VanEyk needed six innings to fan nine.
The national team played a handful of exhibition games against Houston-area college teams before heading to Monterrey, Mexico to participate in the Pan American Championships, which run through October 9.
Detmers has returned to Chatham, where he will complete his senior season at Glenwood High School. He has committed to pitch for the University of Louisville in college; although he is expected to be chosen in the June 2017 Major League Baseball draft.