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Detroit Tigers announce four minor league signings

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DETROIT, MI - APRIL 7: A general view of Comerica Park prior to the start of the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on April 7, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 7: A general view of Comerica Park prior to the start of the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on April 7, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Comer and Mark Montgomery

Rounding out the list are a pair of relievers in Comer and Montgomery.

Kevin Comer was a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, but made his way to the Houston Astros organization in the blockbuster that saw nine other players change teams.

Among the other players involved in that deal were J.A. Happ, Francisco Cordero, Joe Musgrove, Ben Francisco and Brandon Lyon.

Comer was also dealt along with former Detroit Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Astros in the Roy Oswalt deal.

A former starting pitcher, Comer made the switch to the bullpen full time last season and turned in some encouraging results.

In 63.2 frames for Houston’s Triple-A affiliate, the 25-year-old struck out 10.46 batters per nine innings to go along with a 72.8% strand rate, a 3.68 ERA, a 3.78 FIP and a 4.20 xFIP.

Montgomery

Another right-handed pitcher, Montgomery was actually Huffman’s teammate with St. Louis’ Triple-A team in 2017.

The reliever was also effective in recording outs in his 66.2 frames.

Over that span, the 27-year-old struck out 9.86 batters per nine innings while surrendering just 2.03 walks and 0.54 home runs per nine frames.

He registered a 2.43 ERA, a 3.30 FIP and a 4.18 FIP.

Next: Why the Tigers should do everything they can to sign Kevin Maitan

Prior to his 2017 season with St. Louis’ Triple-A squad in Memphis, Montgomery had spent his entire minor league career in the New York Yankees’ minor league system.

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