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Detroit Tigers Bullpen strong in May, in good place moving forward

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May 9, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (left) celebrates with catcher James McCann after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (left) celebrates with catcher James McCann after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon (43) pitches in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Potential Future Reinforcements

Injuries and inconsistency are commonplace in a Major League Baseball season, so naturally, depth is needed.

Luckily for the Detroit Tigers, the team could have some intriguing on the way in the future.

Bruce Rondon is turning things around in Triple-A, with a 0.69 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings.

Once he gets his walks (10) under control, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the flamethrower back in Detroit’s bullpen.

Additionally, Joe Jimenez will likely return to the Detroit bullpen once he becomes healthy. The future closer recently hit the disabled list in Toledo.

Minor League Depth

The team could also turn to 40-man roster relievers in Daniel Stumpf and Victor Alcantara.

Stumpf, a left-handed hurler, has struck out 9.9 batters per nine frames. He’s also logged a 3.86 ERA in 16.1 innings with the Mud Hens.

Meanwhile, Alcantara has yet to allow a run in his first two Triple-A innings.

The former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim farmhand moved to the bullpen full time this season, and has so far thrived.

In 23 Double-A frames, Alcantara pitched to a 1.96 ERA and a 1.174 WHIP.

There is also the possibility that the team turns to the hard-throwing duo of Arcenio and Ruben Alaniz at some point.

Both were impressive in Spring Training and replicated their success so far in the minor leagues in 2017.

Next: Justin Wilson, Alex Avila and Jim Adduci among under-the-radar acquisitions fueling Tigers' success

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see either make their respective Major League debuts this season.

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