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Detroit Tigers: 2018 Draftee Adam Wolf Continues to Impress

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 27: A baseball sits on the field before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 27: A baseball sits on the field before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Tigers 2018 draft class has performed well so far. That includes left-hander Adam Wolf, who was a fifth round pick.

The Detroit Tigers re-stocked their farm system during the 2018 MLB Draft. While most of the attention has been on Casey Mize, Kody Clemens and tenth rounder Brock Deatherage, there are a handful of other players who have acclimated to professional baseball quite well.

One of them is left-hander Adam Wolf, whom the Tigers selected in the fifth round out of Louisville. Wolf made two very short starts in rookie ball before debuting with the short-season Connecticut Tigers, where he has made eight starts. In those eight starts, Wolf has put up a 3.33 ERA, along with a 7.77 K/9 and a 2.96 BB/9. He holds a 1.19 WHIP and is limiting hitters to a .231 BA, thanks to a lowly 18.8% line drive rate.

Wolf is one of the few solid left-handed pitching prospects in an otherwise RHP-heavy farm system. It is clear the Tigers are hoping Wolf can stick in the rotation long-term, although many project his future will be in the bullpen.

Coming out of college, Wolf sat 89-91 with his fastball, which played up thanks to his large frame. He started working on a cut-fastball later on at Louisville. The pitch looks more like a slider, but could be a huge piece for him if he can control it and learn how to use it deceptively. He also fires a curveball and changeup, with both currently projected as average offerings.

While it’s nice to see Wolf pitch well in short-season, the 21-year-old’s real test will come when he reaches Double-A. If he can continue to pitch well the second and third time through the order against AA/AAA hitters, he projects as a back-end rotation pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. If he cannot, a switch to the bullpen will allow Wolf to play up his heater into the 94-96 mph range, while his cutter and curveball can develop into bigger weapons.

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Ultimately, Wolf has the pitchability, makeup and size to be a big league pitcher. Whether that is as a starter or a bullpen piece remains to be seen, but don’t be surprised to see him donning the Old English D in a few short years.

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