Detroit Tigers fans will see two impact players from Triple-A Toledo make their way to the big leagues. The team announced in a tweet on Saturday morning that JaCoby Jones and Arcenio Leon are joining the team.
Detroit Tigers players will get some reinforcements on Saturday.
Outfielder JaCoby Jones and relief pitcher Arcenio Leon are joining the Tigers.
Detroit announced the move in a tweet on the team’s official Twitter account on Saturday morning.
The Tigers official Twitter account tweeted the following:
"“Additionally, the #Tigers have purchased the contract of RHP Arcenio Leon from AAA Toledo and recalled OF JaCoby Jones from AAA Toledo.”"
Detroit also announced a corresponding move in a tweet as Leon wasn’t on the team’s 40-man roster.
"“To create room on the 40-man roster for Leon, the #Tigers have designated the contract of RHP William Cuevas for assignment.”"
Cuevas allowed four runs and three hits in only a third of an inning of work for the Tigers this season. He owns a 4.06 ERA and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings with Toledo.
More on Leon
Leon joined the Tigers after spending 2016 in the Mexican League, where he racked up 26 saves and a 3.30 ERA last year.
The hard-throwing right-hander impressed in Spring Training for the Tigers, and continued to thrive with Triple-A Toledo this season.
Acting once again as a closer, Leon notched 10 saves with the Mud Hens, while pitching to a 3.15 ERA and 7.6 strikeouts per nine frames in 20 innings.
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His WHIP ended up at a miniscule 0.850.
Leon will give the Detroit Tigers another potential setup option for Justin Wilson.
The return of JaCoby Jones
JaCoby Jones went on the disabled list earlier in the season after taking a pitch to the face. He was hitting .150 with a .544 OPS in 16 games for the Tigers, collecting four RBI, four runs scored, a double, a triple and a stolen base.
He also struck out 19 times in 45 plate appearances.
After returning to action, Jones stayed with the Mud Hens, where showed considerable improvement at the dish.
In 108 plate appearances with Toledo, the outfielder batted .265 with a .321 on-base percentage, a .398 slugging percentage and a .719 OPS.
He also tacked on 19 runs scored, 11 RBI, four doubles, four stolen bases and three home runs.
All told, Jones drew eight walks while only striking out 22 times.
By comparison, his strikeout rate in the Majors this season is 42.2. With the Mud Hens, he dropped the number down to a 20.2.
Hopefully he can give Detroit’s offense a spark in similar fashion to what he did last season.
The Tigers have won just one of their last six games, scoring just 16 runs in the process.