Detroit Tigers: The next wave of reinforcements coming from Triple-A Toledo
By Ben Rosener
Positions: Relief Pitcher
On 40-Man Roster: Yes
With Justin Wilson now pitching for the Chicago Cubs, the Tigers could use another late game, left-handed reliever.
The team has Daniel Stumpf, Chad Bell and Drew VerHagen has southpaws in the bullpen, but Bell and VerHagen are better suited to eating innings than setting up Shane Greene at the end of games.
Labourt could give the club another setup option down the stretch.
The left-hander, in his first full year pitching out of the bullpen, has been effective at every level he’s pitched at in 2017.
Labourt is sporting a 2.11 ERA and a 1.012 WHIP in 55.1 innings spread between Advanced-A Lakeland, Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo.
The third pitcher acquired in the David Price deal, Labourt previously struggled with control. He walked 7.2 batters per nine frames as recently as last season.
However, the move to the bullpen has done wonders for the hard-throwing lefty. He’s walking just 3.3 batters per nine innings, while striking out 11.4 hitters per nine frames.
Positions: First Baseman, Third Baseman and Corner Outfielder
On 40-Man Roster: No
One of many players to make the jump from Erie to Toledo this season, Ficociello could provide Brad Ausmus with some flexibility off the bench in September.
The 25-year-old can play a number of positions across the diamond, and is hitting enough this season (.298 batting average, .804 OPS) to suggest he can hold his own at the plate.