Detroit Tigers fans have seen a number of players from Triple-A Toledo contribute to the Major League club so far this season. Here’s a look at the current Mud Hens to keep an eye on.
Detroit Tigers reliever Edward Mujica helped the team eat some innings in Thursday’s win, combining with Warwick Saupold to bridge the gap between starter Matthew Boyd—who threw 4.1 innings—and closer Shane Greene.
All told, Mujica allowed just two hits and a run in a pair of innings in his Detroit debut. He also struck out two.
The only run the ex-Toledo reliever allowed came on a solo shot from Baltimore shortstop Tim Beckham.
Saupold, another addition from Toledo this season, has been solid in a multiple-inning role for Detroit in 2017.
The hurler, who spent time as a starter in the minors, owns a 3.38 ERA in 40 innings (25 appearances).
While his 5.35 FIP and 5.44 xFIP aren’t anything to write home about, Saupold’s ability to save the rest of the bullpen by eating multiple innings has been a significant help.
Other players who spent time with the Mud Hens making an impact with the Detroit Tigers this season include outfielders Jim Adduci (118 wRC+, .350 wOBA in 75 plate appearances) and Alex Presley (109 wRC+, .770 OPS in 109 plate appearances) and left-handed relievers Daniel Stumpf (2.25 ERA, 22% strikeout percentage in 20 innings) and Chad Bell (31 total innings in 14 appearances).
Another member of the Mud Hens’ 2017 team, Joe Jimenez, is likely to see more time down the stretch with the Tigers.
Who are the next players like Mujica, Saupold, Adduci, Presley and Stumpf? We have you covered.
Here are 10 players currently in Toledo who could help the Detroit Tigers down the stretch—either as a September call up or a replacement for an injured player.