Detroit Tigers: Five Non-Tendered Players Who Are Potential Fits
Name: Matt Carasiti
Position: Relief Pitcher
2016 WAR: 0.0
Stats of Note
A first glance at Matt Carasiti’ Major League stats don’t exactly inspire much confidence. The rookie reliever posted a 9.19 ERA in 15.2 innings for Colorado last season.
However, a closer look reveals that the reliever may be worth a flier as a depth option.
The reliever’s 4.49 FIP and 4.71 SIERA suggest he’s much better than his ERA would initially suggest. Carasiti also logged a 1.96 ERA over 46 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016.
In other words, he’s shown that he can be effective in getting batters out.
Additionally, the 25-year-old used a mid-90s fastball to help strike out 9.8 batters per nine innings at the Major League level. During his work for Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque, that number sat at 9.4.
Why Carasiti is a Fit for the Detroit Tigers
Last season, the Tigers signed the likes of Bobby Parnell, Dustin Molleken and Logan Kensing as minor league depth.
All three saw action in the Majors, but turned in mixed results. Carasiti would provide a young option for Detroit, one who could potentially develop into a long-term piece.
Potential Role in Detroit
As a depth piece, Carasiti is worth a flier. If for nothing more than as a reliever for Toledo, the former Rockies pitcher would give Detroit a different look where depth is concerned.