Detroit Tigers: 5 Notable Stats from Fangraph’s 2019 Steamer Projections
By Andy Patton
Matt Hall – 11 starts
Steamer predicts that Detroit’s starting rotation will be Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd, Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris and Blaine Hardy, with each of them making 16 or more starts. Next up is left-hander Matt Hall, who is projected to make 21 appearances for the Tigers, including 11 starts.
Hall made a few appearances down the stretch for the Tigers, after dominating in both AA and AAA. He appeared in five games for Detroit, tossing eight innings and giving up 13 runs on 19 hits with a 5/3 K/BB ratio.
However, despite his ugly performance, Hall is still one of Detroit’s most big league ready pitching prospects, and it is entirely possible he makes a fair amount of appearances in Detroit’s rotation next season. After all, Norris and Fulmer and very injury prone, and Hardy has never pitched a full season in a big league rotation.
I don’t foresee Hall as much more than a SP6/swingman type arm in the big leagues, but I think he is already at that ceiling and could be a regular contributor for the Tigers starting in 2019.