Sam Bachman working hard to improve changeup
Bachman hopes to be on the fast track to the Majors. His improved changeup could help him with that goal.
The Angels 2021 first-round pick pitched 14 innings in high-A last season, posting a 3.77 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP with a 25.9 percent strikeout rate. Bachman's work ethic has impressed Angels player development director Joey Prebynski. Bachman noted his changeup is "Light years away from what it was in college." Bachman didn't feel the need to use it often before becoming a professional because he dominated hitters with a fastball that can reach 102 mph and a wipeout slider. Angels pitcher Ky Bush is Bachman's throwing parter and also noted he has seen Bachman's changeup improve. The added changeup could go a long way for Bachman sticking as a starter.