Louisville ace Reid Detmers (Shotgun Spratling)

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Born To Pitch: How Reid Detmers Became Louisville’s Latest Superstar

Louisville lefthander Reid Detmers, 20, fired his first strike 19 years ago.

His father, Kris Detmers – also a lefty – was pitching for the Springfield Capitals of the independent Frontier League at the time. Reid was asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and he let it rip from about 10 feet away.

This was before spin-rate calculations had taken hold of baseball, so no high-tech information is available on Detmers’ first big pitch.

However, nearly two decades later and from about 50 feet farther back, Detmers has impressed numerous scouts and is considered a likely top-10 pick for the 2020 MLB Draft, set for June 10.

“Reid was kind of born to play baseball,” said Kris Detmers, who was drafted in the 22nd round by the Cardinals in 1993 and got as far as Triple-A.

“When Reid was 10, he started playing travel ball and had to get up at 6 a.m. to make the trip. Well, by 5 a.m., he was already in his uniform. We didn’t have to wake him up. He was ready to go on his own.”

Detmers came of age as a sophomore in 2019, winning honors as ACC Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-American.

This year, before the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the 2020 season, Detmers was dominant in four starts: 3-0, 1.23 with 48 strikeouts in 22 innings. One of his best performances came against Wake Forest – 15 strikeouts in six scoreless innings. …


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