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Detroit Tigers: Players Who Just Missed Out on Opening Day Roster Who Could Appear This Season

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Feb 28, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers player Alex Presley (14) high fives third base coach Dave Clark (25) as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers player Alex Presley (14) high fives third base coach Dave Clark (25) as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 2, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Stumpf (68) throws a pitch during the sixth inning of a MLB spring training baseball gameagainst the Pittsburgh Pirates at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Daniel Stumpf
Age: 26
Position: Relief Pitcher
Throws: Left-Handed

Left-handed relief depth is never a bad thing to have, and the Detroit Tigers seem to be accumulating some quality options to plug in to the bullpen if need be.

Along with Hardy, Stumpf gives Detroit two southpaw options in Toledo.

The former Rule 5 draft pick pitched to a 4.15 ERA in 8.2 spring frames, but he did punch out eight batters.

In stints with four minor league teams last season, Stumpf turned in a 3.34 ERA as well as 9.4 strikeouts and 1.5 walks per nine innings. He’s currently on Detroit’s 40-man roster.

Joe Jimenez
Age: 22
Position: Relief Pitcher
Throws: Right-Handed

One of the Detroit Tigers’ top pitching prospects, Joe Jimenez seemed like he was knocking on the door in terms of a Major League call up at the end of last season.

The flamethrower missed plenty of bats (13.1 punch outs per nine innings) en route to logging a 1.51 ERA and 30 saves in 53.2 frames.

Those 53.2 innings came in stops with Lakeland, Erie and Toledo.

While Jimenez didn’t make the Opening Day unit, he will begin the 2017 campaign with the Mud Hens.

If he can take the next step forward in terms of development, the Tigers are looking at an impact reliever and future closer.

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