Detroit Tigers Spring Training Preview: Bullpen Locks
By Ben Rosener
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila didn’t make many Major League signings this offseason, but he added significant depth at the minor league level. Here’s a look at the team’s locks in the bullpen.
Detroit Tigers relief pitchers improved significantly last season.
After years of struggling, the unit put things together in 2016.
Much of that was due to new additions Francisco Rodriguez and Justin Wilson.
Rodriguez solidified the back end of the bullpen, allowing the rest of the relievers to settle into consistent roles.
All told, the veteran racked up 44 saves and a 3.24 ERA while only allowing 0.93 home runs per nine innings.
Wilson on the other hand turned in a 12.5 swinging strike percentage, a 3.02 SIERA and a 1.1 WAR.
The duo looks set to return as the team’s closer and setup reliever. Additionally, Bruce Rondon should also contribute late in games.
While the back end of Detroit’s bullpen should look similar next season, there could be roles up for grabs elsewhere.
Intriguing offseason signings William Cuevas, Edward Mujica and A.J. Achter all have the upside to see action in games for the Tigers.
What’s more, prospects like Joe Jimenez and Adam Ravenelle could make a push for a roster spot.
With that being said, here is a look at the relief pitchers who seem to be locks to make the Detroit Tigers roster.