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Former Fremont High Pitcher Named To MLB Futures Game

Jul 6, 2022, 4:45 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY – Former Fremont Silverwolves pitcher and current Los Angeles Angels prospect Ky Bush has been named to to the MLB Futures Game that will be played during All-Star Weekend at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, July 16.

The Angels announced the honor via social media on Wednesday, July 6.

Bush has taken a circuitous route to this point in his baseball career.

As a senior at Fremont High School in Ogden, UT, Bush struck out 57 batters on his way to a 2.51 earned run average and a 5-2 record in 2018.  Earning first-team All-State and All-Area MVP honors. As a junior Bush was named All-State second-team and All-Region first-team.

His high school performance was enough for the Kansas City Royals to select Bush in the 40th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. Rather than sign with Kansas City, Bush opted to attend Washington State University.

Bush struggled in a single season with Washington State. In 19 appearances (nine starts), Bush compiled an 0-5 record with a 12.69 earned run average.

Following his freshman season at Wazzu, Bush transferred to Central Arizona College where he started seven games and went 5-1 with a 2.43 earned run average before the Coronavirus pandemic scuttled the season.

Bush then transferred to Saint Mary’s College ahead of his junior year. With the Gaels, Bush posted a 2.99 earned run average along with a 7-5 record. He earned All-West Coast Conference first team honors in his lone 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 the season. After finishing 2021 with an 0-2 record in five starts with Tri-City Bush was promoted to Double-A Rocket City to open the 2022 campaign.

The 6’6 left-handed starter has been dynamic in thirteen starts with the Trash Pandas.

Limiting opponents to a .238 batting average against, the Angels No. 4 prospect has amassed a 3.53 earned run average in 2022 while striking out more than three hitters to every walk allowed. In 63.2 innings pitched he has given up just 25 earned runs. His 1.21 WHIP (walks + hits/inning pitched) is far better than the Triple-A average of 1.41. Bush has allowed three or fewer runs in 11 of his 13 starts with Rocket City.

“It’s going to be very cool to have the opportunity to go to such a historic stadium like Dodger Stadium and pitch on that mound,” Bush said when learning he had been named. “It’s a chance to go out there and prove myself, have fun, meet some cool guys, and learn what it’s all about.”

According to MLB.com, Bush has two above-average pitches in a mid-90’s fastball and a slider with good break. He also mixes in a mid-70’s curveball and has been developing a changeup.

The Futures Game is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. This will be the second that Dodger Stadium, the third oldest park in Major League Baseball, will play host to the midsummer classic.

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