Nolan Schanuel rose quickly in the minor leagues, and now, after just 21 games, it seems enough is enough.
Less than six weeks after taking Shanual in the first round with the 11th pick in the amateur draft, the Angels are set to trade the left-handed first baseman and hitter to the bigs, according to ESPN’s Jeff Basson.
Shanuel is the first player to make his major league debut in the 2023 draft. His 21 minor league games were the fewest by a player drafted the same year since Ricky Weeks, who played 21 games before being called up by the Brewers.
Second on the list is infielder Zach Neto, who was promoted by the Angels this year after 44 minor league games.
Now, Shanuel is the 11th player in the last 20 years to be called up to the majors in the same year he was drafted. The list includes Ryan Zimmerman (2005), Andrew Miller (2006) and Chris Sale (2010).
Shanuel played at three minor league levels with the Angels—Rookie, Class-A and Double-A. By the end of July. In 16 games with Double-A Rocket City, he hit .339/.480/.475 with 16 walks in 16 games.