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Lucas Who? Frenchy gets the call for the Tigers


In need of another lefty to replace Nate Robertson, the Tigers have called on their lastest French sensation. Who? Lucas French, who was an eighth round pick in the 2004 draft has been mowing down hitters at AAA Toledo. In  six games started the lefty has compiled 29 strikeouts while only walking 9. It seems that Mr. Leyland will keep him in the pen as a situational tosser, but we could see him spot start from time-to-time (Ala Eddie Bonine).

Frenchy (my new nickname for him despite the fact he has probably been called that for 20 years now) went 9-11 with a 4.02 E.R.A last season with Double A Erie. Hitters were able to compile a .292 average against him in ’08. French ended the ’08 season winning his last five starts and has been more consistent on the mound in ’09.

Here is how Describes French:

"Highlights: Tied for 1st in Eastern League in complete games (3) in 2008…. Ranked 1st in EL in innings (170) in 2008…. Ranked 9th in EL in games started (26) in 2008…. Tied for 2nd in Florida State League in games started (27) in 2007…. Ranked 4th in FSL in innings (149) in 2007…. Ranked 6th in Midwest League in innings (157.1) in 2006…. Tied for 7th in MWL in wins (11) in 2006…. Ranked 10th in Gulf Coast League in ERA (2.74) in 2004.Scouting Report: Big-bodied, durable left-hander with fringe stuff across three pitch arsenal."

Minor League Notes:

Toledo’s Eddie Bonine and Casey Fien took the mound in Wednesday’s action and tossed a combined one hitter. The Mud Hens, who took on Clay Buchholz and the Pawtucket Red Sox held the Sox to just one hit threw nine behind the golden arm of Bonine. Eddie ended the day after striking out five and walking none in nine innings. Casey Fien was labeled the winning pitcher after coming in for the tenth inning and striking out two of the three hitters he faced.  Buchholz pitched very well, lowering his season ERA to 1.03 while striking out a season high 11 through 8 innings. The Mud Hens will face Pawtucket two more times this week, including a rehab start for Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday.

The Erie Seawolves have won six straight games following a sweep of Reading. Yesterday’s MCB Top 30 Prospect, Zach Simons gathered two scorelesss innings, while flamethrower Cody Satterwhite got his fourth save in five tries. Erie is full of top offensive prospects this year, including Scott Sizemore, Ryan Strieby, Casper Wells, Andy Dirks, Alex Avila Deick Scram and Cale Iorg.  Brooks Brown, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks for James Skelton, is now 5-0 on the season with a 2.21 ERA.

The West Michigan Whitecaps will see starter Jeremy Bonderman make a rehab start on Saturday. What has been impressive so far for West Michigan is it’s pitching staff. Only Three pitchers have accumulated an ERA above four. Mauricio Robles has struck out 47 in just 32 innings pitched. Top pitching prospect Casey Crosby has struck out 36 in 27 innings pitched.  Meanwhile the offense is rolling as well. Shortstop prospect Brandon Douglas is hitting .356 with 4 stolen bases and 8 RBIs. Billy Nowlin out of Golden West College has drove in 19 RBIs in the DH slot. Nowlin drove in 26 last season in the rookie Penn League. West Michigan sits at 21-10; the best record in the Midwest League.