Hypothetical fit with the Detroit Tigers
Oh notched a 18.0 swinging strike percentage in 2016. That number dropped to a 12.0 in 2017, but it would still be a vast improvement over many of Detroit’s relievers.
Of Tigers bullpen arms with at least 10 innings pitched last season, just four had a swinging strike percentage over 11. Those four would include the since-traded Justin Wilson (14.3), the since-demoted Bruce Rondon (12.2), Jimenez (11.8) and Drew VerHagen (11.4).
Seung-hwan Oh would also give the team some flexibility in the ninth inning. He’d initially give the Tigers a veteran setup man to build a bridge to Shane Greene.
However, if Oh is successful, Detroit’s new manager could look to utilize Greene in a multi-inning role at times.
The former starter would still be the team’s primary closer, but Oh’s presence would allow more flexibility in the bullpen, something that could net the Tigers a few extra wins.
Adding the ex-Cardinals closer would also allow Detroit to use Greene or Oh in the ninth innings of tie games.
Last season in high-leverage situations in the ninth inning the Tigers gave up the fifth-highest wOBA in the league. They also checked in at 20th in terms of WHIP in the same situations.