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Detroit Tigers future success will be built on starting rotation

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 24: Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers throws a first inning pitch while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 24: Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers throws a first inning pitch while playing the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 4: Al Avila laughs during a news conference at Comerica Park after he was promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager on August 4, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Avila replaces Dave Dombrowski who was the Tigers’ general manager since 2002. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

In conclusion

Detroit Tigers fans obviously aren’t going to see all these pitchers at once.

They’ll like come in waves—waves that may not start until the second half of next season.

Perez, Burrows, Long and the rest of the Double-A starters are obviously closer than the likes of Manning (Single-A West Michigan), Funkhouser (Advanced-A Lakeland) and Faedo, who has yet to throw as a professional.

Of the group, Perez and Long seem the most likely to reach the Majors soonest—although that could easily change if another Erie starters starts 2018 off on the right foot.

Of course, not all prospects tend to live up to expectations—let alone make it to the Majors.

That’s not to say that these Tigers hurlers won’t make it to the bigs, but Detroit has the starting pitching depth prospect-wise to make up for a potential flame out or two.

That being said though, it’s exciting to think about a future rotation featuring the likes of Perez, Manning and Faedo.

Long term, Detroit shouldn’t be short of starting pitching options as Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd and Daniel Norris will still be in the Majors.

There’s also the possibility that one or more of the young starters filling in down the stretch—Buck Farmer, Chad Bell, Artie Lewicki or Myles Jaye—could lock down a rotation spot with some strong outings.

General manager Al Avila could very well add more potential future starters in the coming months as he moves into the offseason with Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias as prime trade chips.

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All in all, the Detroit Tigers aren’t on Cleveland’s level yet starting pitching wise, but they could be there soon. Detroit fans will just have to give it a few years.

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