Tigers Sign Minor League Lefty Mariano Gomez

Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweets an agreement between the Tigers and minor league southpaw Mariano Gomez this afternoon. Gomez, 28, has spent 11 seasons toiling in the bush leagues. He’s spent time with the Cleveland, Minnesota, and Atlanta organizations. According to Eddy, Gomez, despite his 6’4″, 240 lbs frame, has “decent secondary stuff but no overpowering pitches.” Eddy added that Gomez held left handed batters to a .234/.302/.351 line in Triple-A ball last season.

Gomez has appeared in over 320 minor league games and has been almost exclusively a reliever in recent years. He’s made 74 career starts, but only 10 of those have come since 2006 and none in the past three years. He walks a few too many batters and he doesn’t strikeout a ton. He’s an organizational filler for the Tigers and will serve a relief role for the Mudhens this summer.

In 2010, his second season with Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate, Gomez, was 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA over 46.2 innings. He walked 18 while striking out 28.

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