Phil Coke Dominates Helpless Braves with Power and Precision


Feb 14, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher

Phil Coke

(40) throws during the Detroit Tiger

Because I feel bad for the soon-to-be Twitter account without a player, I thought I had to oblige him this one time.

Yes, it was just his first spring training appearance, but seriously no, Phil Coke wasn’t actually good in his one inning during Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. He didn’t walk a batter and didn’t allow a run, but, according to Dan Dickerson and Jim Price, he was mostly sitting in the upper 80’s with his fastball and had the ball put in play hard against him.

Not that we’re taking individual spring results seriously, however. This is all in good fun.

He has plenty of time to turn things around, but the Tigers aren’t going to take him north – and by doing so pick up his otherwise non-guaranteed contract – if he doesn’t show that he can be a reliable pitcher, especially against left-handed pitchers.