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Sam is back, man! Angels top choice in Rocket City for rehab

MADISON – A top draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, who pitched for the Trash Pandas last season, has returned to the Rocket City on a rehab assignment.

The Angels reassigned right-handed pitcher Sam Bachman to the Trash Pandas on Tuesday.

Drafted as the ninth overall pick in 2021, Bachman is one of five Angels first round picks who have spent time with the Trash Pandas. That list includes outfielder Jordyn Adams, pitcher Reid Detmers and infielders Zach Neto and Nolan Schanuel.

Bachman began the season on a rehab assignment with ACL Angels where he started in four games, posting a 1.35 ERA and nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched.

Bachman started 18 games for the Trash Pandas from 2022-2023, ranking seventh in Trash Pandas history. After starting the 2023 season in the Trash Pandas rotation, Bachman appeared in 11 games for the Angels in their bullpen.

He finished the season with a 1-2 record and a 3.18 ERA. Bachman was the 18th former Trash Panda to make his major league debut. He is one of five players on the Trash Pandas roster with major league experience.

Bachman was drafted out of Miami (Ohio) where he was a two-time First-Team All-MAC and was the 2019 MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

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