#14 Paul Voelker
Position: Relief Pitcher
2016 Minor League Affiliate: Erie SeaWolves
While the 2016 Erie SeaWolves finished last in their respective division, the team featured plenty of talent.
Joining the top prospects with the Double-A club was right-handed reliever Paul Voelker.
Despite a 1.444 WHIP and 9.0 hits and 4.0 walks allowed per nine innings, the relief pitcher posted the highest strikeout rate of his career.
In 54 frames, the former 10th-round pick punched out 13.2 batters per nine innings.
What’s more, Voelker’s 3.56 FIP suggested he was much better than his 4.17 ERA indicated.
If he can continue to post low run-prevention numbers, the reliever could be pitching in Detroit sooner rather than later.
Potential Future Role With the Detroit Tigers
Another potential closer, Paul Voelker registered 13 saves in 2016 following an 18-save campaign during the 2015 season.
His promising fastball-slider combination should help him continue to miss bats as he progresses towards the Majors.
Like Ecker, Voelker could join the likes of Rondon and Jimenez in shutting down opposing hitters late in games.