Detroit Tigers: Recent Draft Picks Excelling in Minors
Two Future Rotation Candidates
At first glance, a 3.99 ERA isn’t exactly what you’d want out of a first-round pick, but Manning is just 18 and is transitioning to pro ball.
All told, the ERA is encouraging. However, what stands out on Manning’s stat line is his ability to limit batters and rack up strikeouts. In 29.1 innings pitched, opposing hitters are batting .237. The rookie has also put up a 1.16 WHIP while striking out 46 batters compared to just seven walks.
A two-headed monster of Manning and Michael Fulmer atop the rotation is going to be nothing short of exciting to watch. Manning’s has an extremely bright future.
The Tigers sent Funkhouser, a former first-round pick of the Dodgers in 2015, straight to the New York Penn League. So far, the decision has paid off.
The right-hander has pitched to a 2.65 ERA in 13 starts spanning 37.1 innings pitched. Funkhouser allowed just eight walks while striking out 34 batters. Based on that success, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the 22-year-old promoted to a higher minor league level before next season.
If Funkhouser can continue his recent success, he’ll eventually command a berth in Detroit’s rotation.