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Detroit Tigers: Pitching Prospects Stats So Far in Spring Training

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Feb 27, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Ruben Alaniz (80) throws a pitch as he strikes out the side in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Ruben Alaniz (80) throws a pitch as he strikes out the side in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 27, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Ruben Alaniz (80) throws a pitch as he strikes out the side in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Ruben Alaniz
Age: 25
Position: Relief Pitcher

The Detroit Tigers may have found another gem from the Houston Astros farm system. Ruben Alaniz, a hard-throwing reliever, pitched to a 2.69 ERA and 9.0 strikeouts per nine frames in 73.2 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A.

So far, Alaniz has appeared in three contests this spring. He’s racked up five strikeouts while allowing just three hits and a walk in four scoreless innings.

If the right-hander can keep it up, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him make his Major League debut this season.

Sandy Baez
Age: 23
Position: Starting Pitcher

Baez won’t compete for a starting job, or even a Major League roster spot this spring considering he just finished his first season in Single-A.

However, the right-hander is a name to watch for the future and will likely be part of Detroit’s rotation down the line.

So far, Baez has tossed four innings over two appearances. In total, the prospect has given up just a walk and a home run while punching out six.

Joe Jimenez
Age: 22
Position: Relief Pitcher

A potential bullpen piece this season, and Detroit’s closer of the future, Jimenez has appeared in a pair of games so far.

In outings against Atlanta and Tampa Bay, Jimenez has allowed three hits, an earned run and a walk. However, he’s gotten all six of his outs via the strikeout so far.

That rate isn’t sustainable, but it is certainly encouraging.

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