2021 MLB Draft: Angels Select Ky Bush in Round Two

With the #45 pick in the draft, the Angels selected Ky Bush, a left-handed starting pitcher out of Saint Mary’s college.

I’m very excited about this pick. He was the second-round target in my #3 Dream Draft scenario (“A Balanced Portfolio”), where I selected him after a falling Jackson Jobe. Here’s what I wrote about Ky Bush in that capsule:

But because even Jobe is a very big risk, we balance out the big prep righty with a high-floor college lefty in Ky Bush. Bush may be at the top of my second round board, as he’s a rare southpaw power pitcher, huge at 6’6″ and carrying mid-90s heat along with a plus slider and developing curve and change. Bush himself is a diversified asset, as advancement in his four pitch mix could make him a #3 in a rotation, or his upscale velocity could hit triple digits in the pen. A favorite of mine, to be sure.

Bush is another starter with reliever risk, or power reliever with starter upside, depending on how you want to look at it. With Bachman, he presents a high floor in that the Angels are likely to get either a reliever or starter, and can afford to shoot for the latter with a strong backend bullpen weapon as a fallback. If Bush were to transition to the ‘pen, many believe he could hit triple digits as a power lefty.

So far, the Angels are threading the needle between my “balanced portfolio” and “what a relief” dream scenarios. “Drafting from need” feels pretty good, hehe. 🙂 Excited to see what comes next at pick #80.


MLB Pipeline on Ky Bush:

Bush is a huge left-hander (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) with a solid power repertoire. He’s been 90-96 mph with his fastball, sitting mostly around 94 mph, with a better feel for commanding it than he had shown early in his college career. It’s heavy and there’s deception, making it tough to pick up. His slider is his best secondary offering, a breaking ball that flashes plus and has more top-to-bottom break than a typical slider. Though that has some curveball action to it, he does have a distinct, slower curve that isn’t as good of a weapon. Bush’s changeup is a work in progress, but he hasn’t needed it in competition. The southpaw had struggled with command at both Washington State and Central Arizona, but he’s been throwing more strikes at Saint Mary’s. There are some who still see a reliever profile, but other scouts feel the delivery can continue to be refined to give him starter upside. The team that takes him early will likely be one that will at least give him the chance to stick in a rotation, with the knowledge he could approach triple digits in shorter stints out of the ‘pen.


Baseball America (Rank: #47):

A big-bodied lefthander at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, he previously struggled with his weight but emerged this season trimmer and with a better delivery, leading to major improvements in both his stuff and control. He went 7-5, 2.99 with 112 strikeouts and 19 walks in 78.1 innings for the Gaels during the regular season. Bush is an intimidating presence on the mound and powers his fastball downhill from the left side. He sat in the low 90s and topped out at 94 early in the season, but his stuff ticked up throughout the year and he sat 93-94 and touched 96 mph by the end of the season. His best secondary offering is an above-average slider in the mid 80s that gets swings and misses, and he complements it with a potentially average changeup in the mid 80s and a usable curveball in the upper 70s he can land in the strike zone as a change-of-pace offering. Bush struggled throwing strikes in the past, but he showed above-average control this season with his improved physique and delivery. His steady improvement over the past year has teams optimistic he’s on an upward trajectory. With his size, stuff from the left side and newfound control, Bush has pushed himself into top-two rounds consideration and won’t get past the third round.

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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4 months ago

I like both picks thus far.

MarineLayer
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4 months ago

This pick at 45 makes a lot more sense than the other pick at 9. I’ve seen mocks where Bush goes in the first round to SD or TB. So I’m not going to criticize the second pick for the reliever risk.

Conclusion: a weak first round pick and an excellent second rounder. Too bad we whiffed on Kumar.

Rev Halofan
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4 months ago

Puts the Kabosh on signing free agent relievers…

FungoAle
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4 months ago

The Angels liked Kay enough to pass on Tower and Chandler. Selecting need over BPA. Silence the critics!

Was leaning toward Abbott with what was left on the board but I’ll roll with Kay. I worry a little with tall pitchers and looked like a thrower vs pitcher but I am eased by Turk’s enthusiasm.

Go Halos, don’t stop here.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Mary Kay?

Can She Pitch?

FungoAle
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4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Never heard of her, neighbor of yours?

Last edited 4 months ago by FungoAle
red floyd
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4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Don’t know, but she wears the pink wristbands every day.

Rick Souddress
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4 months ago

How do I feel about this???

Rick Souddress
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4 months ago
Reply to  Rick Souddress

Oops, wrong thread lmfao

DowningDude
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4 months ago
Reply to  Rick Souddress

They went for a Nascar driver.

RexFregosi
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4 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Glad it wasn’t his brother Kurt!

Personally i would have gone for Kevin Harvick or Ryan Blaney

Rahul Setty
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4 months ago

I am liking this addressing our needs thing, quite a bit!!

steelgolf
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4 months ago

I’m on board with this pick.

JackFrost
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4 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Yep. I’m excited about this pick as well.

Fleckstein
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4 months ago

I welcome Burning, yet more pitching, to the org. Hope he quickly signs.

Jeff Joiner
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4 months ago

Very nice. We have KC’s old college pitching guru and so far 2 college arms picked. I’m liking this.

2002heaven
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4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I’m not on board with this at all.
Basically two relievers in the first two rounds….huh? We should’ve at least taken Jordan Wicks yesterday and then I’d be happy with Ky Bush today. So in the last decade we’ve taken only two bonafide SP’s in the first round! ( Sean Newcomb in 2014 and last year with Reid Detmers )
That might explain why we just went through 5 straight losing seasons.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

Consider the source.

‘Nuff Said.

Fansince1971
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4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

No shit. 2092 wouldn’t be happy with prime bone in rib-eye saying it is ‘too fatty’.

Personally I’m psyched on these picks!

2002heaven
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4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Ha ha Mr Iglesias and throw the ball to the visitor’s dugout wait is he playing tomorrow?
No he isn’t……LMFAO!!! 😆  Your first right comment will be your first right comment. Gitcho needs a driving home pal after your stay at the Tilted Kilt?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

This comment is hard for me to understand because you are not good at thinking and then using magic symbols to get those thoughts out.

Rallymanatee
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4 months ago

Could be wrong, but I think those are lyrics to a Nirvana song. Not meant to be understood.

Jeff Joiner
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4 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

In the last few years we’ve only taken a handful of usable arms in any capacity. That’s the problem. Each year the team tries to add 2-3 starters and 2-3 bullpen arms and inevitably fails in doing so.

Ideally both Backman and Bush stick as starters, and many so called experts believe they can. But ideally rarely works out so I can understand your apprehension.

Let’s say only one sticks as a starter and the other becomes a solid reliever. Still a huge boon to the staff as a whole and it would allow resources currently spent on guys like Q and Iglesias to be spent elsewhere. Like on a quality starter.

Let’s say both turn into relievers. Ok, so we have a solid bullpen, saving us from picking up a couple of the Cishek’s and Guerra’s of the world, and have savings that can be used on other areas. Like a quality starter.

Bachman is a bigger risk than I would’ve taken in the first round, but by most accords we have two MLB arms, in some capacity, added to the farm. And we need arms in every single area.

2002heaven
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4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

The problem with that is we’ll still need a decent good starter
Arte sure as hell has slam dunk shown that he won’t spend more than $12M probably on a SP ( the most was Matt Harvey at $11M on a one yr deal two years ago ) through FA. The only way we can have a good starter is to draft and develop one and just let him leave after his 7 yr stint here. Jered Weaver was the last guy we were paying at more than that and that was the home team discount because we already had him which his agent Scott Boras was against. ( $85M/5yrs= $17M a yr ). He only had one more good year left in his tank ( 2014 18-9 with us ) and then he fell off a cliff after that. Same with Tim Lincecum most SP’s are not going to be like Max Scherzer or Zack Greinke and still be pitching past age 34 at that level. That way Arte can still be his cheapskate self and not have to pay outrageous money to someone like Gerritt Cole. The rest of this CTPG blog should know by now that you can’t get very far with 8 or 9 game winning starters even if you got Dennis Eckersley and Mariano Rivera in your pen.

h27kim
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4 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

We can’t “expect” to get a “really good” starter in a draft. Even top draft picks are lucky to be solid major leaguer. If both Bachman and Bush emerge as good major leaguers in 1-2 years, which I reckon is the realistic projection–especially in the BP if that means they can hit the bigs faster, I’ll be very happy

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2002heaven

So Arte only offered Cole 12M per year?

Simba
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4 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Offered about $20 mil per year for Greinke as well.

2002heaven
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4 months ago
Reply to  Simba

So why didn’t we get Dallas Kuechel or Hyun Jin Ryu (21.25 a yr 4 yrs and DK got 3yrs $18.3M last year ).
Damm those two guys suck don’t they? 😆  😆 
Kuechel 7-3 Ryu 8-5
Yer done dog!!! haaaa! 😆  Of corse Gitcho Sketcho said he didnt think the 2015 AL Cy Young winner was very good any more…..LOL!!!!
Don’t care about negotiations or offerings any more than being the first guy to hold up a sign at a auction and offering $1…….so what.
I think the hyenas won.

Jeff Joiner
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4 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

To be fair Arte did offer Cole more than that and was deep into talks with Greinke before bowing out.

The year we paid Harvey we also had to pay Cahill another $7 million and Cody Allen another $8.5 million.

Let’s say 2 of these draft picks cover any two of those spots but actually produce at even a league average rate (ideally above, but let’s be pragmatic), that saves Arte $15-$18 million and we only have one need to fill instead of three.

See where I’m going with this?