Detroit Tigers: The next wave of reinforcements coming from Triple-A Toledo
Positions: Relief Pitcher
On 40-Man Roster: No
Like a number of reliever prospects in the Detroit Tiger system, Bryan Garcia throws hard.
However, none—with the exception of perhaps Jairo Labourt—have made up the kind of ground Garcia has in terms of getting close to the Majors this season.
The right-hander began the year with Single-A West Michigan, where he struck out 27 of the 59 batters he faced while collecting nine saves. Garcia also allowed just five earned runs and four walks.
That was his worst stop of the season in terms of production.
Garcia didn’t allow a run while striking out 15 of the 32 batters he matched up with in 8.2 frames with Advanced-A Lakeland.
In 18.2 innings with Double-A, the 2016 sixth-round pick surrendered just eight walks, seven hits and two runs compared to 24 strikeouts.
He’s already made his Toledo, striking out two in a scoreless inning.
Overall, Garcia is punching out 14.5 batters per nine innings to go along with a 1.48 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and a .174 batting average against.
The Miami product looks like a long-term bullpen piece in the Motor City, and could conceivably make an impact in September.
Positions: Starting Pitcher
On 40-Man Roster: Yes
Brought in from the Texas Rangers in the Bryan Holaday trade that also netted Bobby Wilson (who was later flipped for Bell), Jaye has the chance to be a contributor to the Detroit Tigers, beginning as early as this season.
He’d likely fill a similar role to Saupold in the sense that he’d eat innings out of the bullpen, but long-term he could find a home at the back end of the rotation.
In 104.1 innings split between Erie and Toledo, Jaye is pitching to a 3.97 ERA with just 2.8 walks and 0.9 home runs allowed per nine innings.
His strikeouts per nine frames rate is sitting comfortably at 8.5 for the season in the minors.