Detroit Tigers claim David McKay off waivers from Seattle
The Detroit Tigers have claimed David McKay off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners organization. McKay is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher.
The Detroit Tigers completed their 40-man roster today by claiming David McKay off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners organization. McKay is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher who has made several appearances in the major leagues with Seattle.
McKay has solid numbers throughout the Seattle farm system. In the minor leagues, he is 18-11 with a 4.81 ERA and 276 strikeouts over 231.0 innings pitched. In Triple-A specifically, he was 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched. He doesn’t have a ton of major league experience, but he has pitched 7.0 innings with a 5.14 ERA and five strikeouts.
McKay is another young arm to add to Detroit’s farm system. He is being optioned to Triple-A Toledo by Detroit. It seems like McKay strikes out a lot of batters but he gives up a few too many runs to be at the major league level. If he is able to get his ERA down successfully, he might get the call to Detroit before the season is over.
This new acquisition will add to a number of great pitching prospects in Detroit’s farm system. Which one of these pitchers make it to the big leagues will depend on their ability. Casey Mize and Matt Manning will almost certainly be called up at some point, even if it is not this season. McKay will have to compete with them and others for a roster spot in Detroit.
With the 2019 season being an utter disappointment, it is good to see the Detroit Tigers going after young talent. The rebuild is in full swing, and it will be exciting to see new players getting the call to the bigs to help the team succeed in the future. David McKay may be able to do just that if he is successful.