SALT LAKE CITY – Los Angeles Angels prospect Ky Bush looked good as he pitched a scoreless inning at the MLB Futures Game at the MLB Summer Classic.
The MLB Futures Game was played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, July 16.
Bush showed up at famed Dodger Stadium wearing custom cleats representing his hometown of Ogden, Utah. An ‘801’ representing the area code and a backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains behind a Nike swoosh appeared on his red cleats. Bush spent his prep years at Fremont High School.
Traditionally the starting pitcher, Bush stepped out of the bullpen for the All-Star format of play that values as many players as possible getting a chance to show off their skills.
Going into the third set with a 5-3 lead, Bush took on Sat. Louis Cardinals No. 1 prospect Jordan Walker will start. Swinging on the first pitch, Walker cut a ball short and was easily put out. Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Miguel Vargas next faced Bush. With the count at 1-0, Vargas weakly grounded himself to short a takedown.
In a left-on-lefty game, Colorado Rockies prospect Zac Veen took a 1-2 pitch the other way for a left-handed single, his second hit of the game. After Veen stole second base, it appeared that Bush caught Veen in a runout, but Bush’s pitch to third escaped, allowing Veen to advance.
With one runner on third and two down, Mets prospect Mark Vientos worked a step to put runners on the corners. Cardinals prospect Masyn Wynn then struck out to end the inning.
In one inning, Bush grounded a pair of base runners while giving up a hit, walking a batter and striking out one. Nobody got the ball in the air against the pitcher focused on the ball on the ground.
Access to notoriety
Bush struggled in a single season with Washington State. In 19 appearances (nine starts), Bush went 0-5 with a 12.69 ERA.
After his freshman season at Wazzu, Bush transferred to Central Arizona College where he started seven games and went 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA before the coronavirus pandemic scuttled the season.
Bush then transferred to Saint Mary’s College before his freshman year. With the Gaels, Bush posted a 2.99 ERA with a 7-5 record. He earned All-West Coast Conference first-team honors in his only season with Saint Mary’s.
After his junior season, the Angels made Bush the 45th overall pick (second round), assigning him to High-A Tri-City to close out the season. After finishing 2021 0-2 in five starts with Tri-City, Bush was promoted to Double-A Rocket City to open the 2022 campaign.
The 6’6 southpaw has been excellent in 14 starts for the Trash Pandas.
In 67.1 innings in 2022, Bush allowed just 25 earned runs and limited opponents to seven home runs while striking out 67 and walking just 20 batters. He is 5-2 with a 3.34 ERA.
According MLB.com, Bush has two above-average throws in a mid-90s fastball and a slider with a good break. He also mixes in a mid-70s curveball and developed a change.
Could Bush be called up to Salt Lake to close out the season?
Without any inside knowledge of the situation, I think Los Angeles will likely let Bush cut their teeth at the big league level if their season continues to deteriorate. This approach would be similar to how Reid Detmers was used in 2021.
After making 12 starts for Double-A Rocket City, Detmers made two starts for the Bees before finishing the season with five starts for the Angels.
Either way, Bush is shaping up to be a future spin-off for a starving Los Angeles Angels franchise.