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Detroit Tigers: Tyler Alexander to make big league debut against White Sox

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: A general view of the field and sky as the Detroit Tigers host the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: A general view of the field and sky as the Detroit Tigers host the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Tigers have had their share of troubles this season when it comes to starting pitching, and the recent injury to Spencer Turnbull has now opened the door for another rookie.

RHP Tyler Alexander is set to make his major league debut on Wednesday night in the second game of the Detroit Tigers’ doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago. With rookie sensation Spencer Turnbull currently on the IL, the Tigers have yet again had to reshuffle the starting rotation, freeing up a spot for Alexander to finally show what he’s got on the big league level.

The Detroit Tigers selected Tyler Alexander in the 23rd round of the 2013 MLB Draft as the right-hander was coming out of high school. However, Alexander did not sign with the Tigers then and went on to play college baseball at TCU.

After two seasons with the Horned Frogs, Alexander re-entered the MLB Draft in 2015. Once again, he was selected by Detroit, this time in the second round, and began pursuing his professional baseball career that summer.

Alexander has had a gradual rise through the minor league ranks while developing his game over the past few years. He began 2016 in Lakeland and moved up to Double-A Erie, spent all of 2017 with the SeaWolves, moved from Erie to Triple-A Toledo in 2018 and has stayed there for 2019.

So far this season with the MudHens, things have not been going exactly great for the 24-year-old on the mound. Alexander holds a 2-9 record and a 6.35 ERA through 14 starts in Triple-A this year. Although his stats from this season may not be too impressive, with the Tigers in their current position, it really can’t hurt to give the rookie his shot especially after his time served in the minors.

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It’s been a rough rebuilding year so far for the Detroit Tigers, but bringing up players like Alexander and seeing how they do in the big leagues is all part of the process. Tigers fans will have to watch and hope that the young righty shows some good stuff in the Windy City on Wednesday night.

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