Detroit Tigers Prospects Ready for September Audition
By Tom Pollin
The Detroit Tigers may be limping to the end of a disappointing season but September gives fans a chance to look into the team’s future. In a couple of days talent from the minor league system will begin arriving at Comerica Field to begin their auditions for a role on the 2016 roster.
Beginning September 1, the Tigers play 26 of their final 32 games against AL Central competition. If any prospects want to prove their ready to compete on the Major League level there’s no better way than to do it against a heavy schedule of division rivals.
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There are a handful of 2016 hopefuls who are already on the scene in Detroit.
Daniel Norris, acquired in the David Price trade, made four starts for the Tigers before landing on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. He was 1-1 in two decisions but the team was 3-1 in the four games he started. Norris pitched 21.1 innings and struck out 16. It’s likely his 2015 season is over but he’s expected to be a front-runner for a spot in the starting rotation in 2016.
Matt Boyd, another acquisition in the Price trade, is 1-2 in his four starts. He’s had a tougher run than Norris in his time with the Tigers but will get opportunities to impress in September and win a job in the rotation next spring.
Buck Farmer impressed the team in spring training but has yet to find success with the Tigers in the regular season. With the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 2015 he was 7-3 with a 4.15 ERA but his FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) of 3.28 shows promise. With Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list and expected to miss the rest of the season Farmer may never get a better chance to show what he can do on the big stage.
Relievers Drew VerHagen and Guido Knudson are also getting extended chances to prove they belong in Detroit in 2016. Here are others who have earned an oportunity to impress the Tigers and their fans this September.