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Detroit Tigers: The next wave of reinforcements coming from Triple-A Toledo

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Jairo Labourt #53 of the Detroit Tigers and the World Team delivers the pitch against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Jairo Labourt #53 of the Detroit Tigers and the World Team delivers the pitch against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 25: Blaine Hardy #36 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by catcher James McCann #34 of the after a MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park on April 25, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Mariners 19-9. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Ruben Alaniz

Age: 26
Position: Relief Pitcher
On 40-Man Roster: No

Alaniz and Arcenio Leon were two of the standouts in Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers this season. Leon already made his Major League debut in 2017, and Alaniz could conceivably follow.

The hard-throwing right-hander is sitting on a 4.07 ERA in 24.1 innings pitched.

While those numbers may jump off the page, Alaniz is also striking out 10.4 batters per nine frames and throwing multiple innings.

He’s logged more than three outs in 11 of his 14 outings for the Mud Hens this season.

Kyle Ryan

Age: 25
Position: Relief Pitcher
On 40-Man Roster: Yes

Ryan has thrown well lately for Toledo after being demoted earlier in the season. The southpaw is striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings to go along with a 3.66 ERA in 32 frames.

The strikeouts are particularly encouraging considering Ryan struck out just 4.9 batters per nine innings in his first 128 Major League frames.

Blaine Hardy

Age: 25
Position: Relief Pitcher
On 40-Man Roster: Yes

Like Ryan, Hardy has been demoted from the Detroit Tigers to the Toledo Mud Hens this season.

The fellow southpaw turned in an 11.7 walk percentage, a 6.05 ERA, a 6.10 FIP and a 5.98 xFIP in 19.1 innings spanning 23 outings in the Majors earlier this season.

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However, Hardy has been much better with Toledo, posting a 1.036 WHIP and a 3.54 ERA in 28 frames of work. The reliever has also struck out 30 batters compared to just three walks.

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