Detroit Tigers: Predicting September call ups
We move back to the left-handed reliever portion of the article with Kyle Ryan, who struggled mightily early with the Detroit Tigers, but has rebounded somewhat with Toledo.
After allowing nine hits, seven walks and five runs in 5.2 innings for the Tigers, the southpaw has pitched to a 4.28 ERA in 40 innings at the minors’ highest level.
What is perhaps most encouraging is that Ryan has upped his strikeout rate significantly.
With 4.9 punch outs per nine innings in his Major League career, the 26-year-old doesn’t exactly a ton of bats.
However, he’s striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings with Toledo this season.
If that holds, it would be a career high—at any level—for Ryan.
Adduci has already made an impact with the Detroit Tigers in limited action this season.
The outfielder is sporting a 0.2 WAR, a 92 wRC+, a .312 wOBA, 14 runs scored and 10 RBI in 93 plate appearances.
With JaCoby Jones and Alex Presley predominantly manning the third outfield spot not occupied by Justin Upton and Mikie Mahtook, it will be interesting to see where Adduci’s at-bats come.
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He’ll likely serve as a pinch hitting and pinch-running option for manager Brad Ausmus, while also seeing some starts in right field.