The Tigers have lost a talented bullpen arm this week. Former top 30 prospect Noah Krol has been released and has now resigned with the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to the Charleston Daily Mail, Krol asked for his release to get away from the organization. A former 17th round pick of the Tigers, Krol had a very impressive college career at Wichita State. From our scouting report of Krol last season:
"In his last colliegate year, he closed out 12 games, in tip top fashion. In 34 innings pitched, Kroll tallied 49 strikeouts while putting together a .87 WHIP. The Tigers were impressed enough to give him the starters slot to open up his career with the rookie A Oneonta Tigers straight out of college. Krol didnt dissapoint, putting up a team leading 17 saves. Remarkably, Krol struck out 39 hitters in 28 innings. The Tigers like what they saw, and in 2008, the righty started the season as the closer for the West Michigan Whitecaps.Though his numbers automatically make you believe he is a flamethrower, Noah Krol’s fastball sits in the high 80’s to low 90’s but has tremendous drop and movement. Though his fastball isn’t his bread and butter, he locates it well to set up his slider. One that many consider the best in the organization."
I got to see Krol pitch for the Whitecaps and thought he could have a future as a reliever, despite throwing pretty soft. We will see if he can bounce back with the Pirates. He will start his career there with the West Virginia Power.
You can read more about Noah Krol here.
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