The Pitching Staff
On the pitching side of things, there’s also plenty of upside.
A former second-round pick in 2015, Alexander is a left-handed starter with excellent control.
He’s totaled 33.1 innings in seven starts this season, surrendering just six walks in the process. Alexander has also struck out 23 over the same span.
Jaye has logged a 3.96 ERA, 7.7 strikeouts and 1.9 walks per nine frames in six starts. The 25-year-old Lewicki was taken in the eighth round in 2014.
He checked in at 20th on MCB’s list of top prospects last season and has pitched to a 3.52 ERA since joining Detroit’s organization.
Moving deeper into games, Erie relies on a number of hard-throwing relievers with intriguing upside.
Labourt has pitched to a 5.40 ERA in five innings after being promoted from Advanced-A Lakeland. However, he’s shown much-improved control in 2017.
After striking out 81 and walking 70 in 87.1 innings last year, Labourt has 30 strikeouts and just five walks in 18.2 frames this year.
In addition to Ravenelle and Labourt, 24-year-olds Victor Alcantara (2.05 ERA in 22 innings) and Paul Voelker (3.97 ERA, 11.1 innings) both have the stuff to pitch late in games in at the Major League level.
Voelker is tied for second on the team with a pair of saves.
Rounding out the group is Ruben Alaniz, who coincidentally is the one tied with Voelker in terms of saves. He’s shown plenty of intrigue since signing with Detroit.
In 14.2 frames, the reliever has finished seven games to go with 15 strikeouts compared to just six walks.
Like Ficociello, Alaniz showed well in Spring Training. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him contribute to the Detroit Tigers bullpen sometime in 2017.