Set your cable or streaming service to record. Tarik Skubal, Casey Mize, and Issac Paredes will make their Detroit Tigers debuts in against the Chicago White Sox
Last night, sometime after the Detroit Tigers game ended against Cleveland, the beat writers posted that Al Avila was set to have a Zoom call at noon today to make an announcement. The speculation immediately was that Casey Mize would get the call up from the 60-man squad. But as pointed out by various people on Tigers Twitter, a prospect announcement is usually broken by a beat writer.
In this case, there was a series of announcements as Al Avila decided to drop a roster bomb instead.
After being swept by Cleveland over the weekend, Al Avila needed to make a change. For one, the Tigers are down two starting pitchers and needed to fill the rotation for Tuesday and Wednesday’s start. Two, Lugo was just on borrowed time. He struggled in his time in Detroit offensively, batting .236 in 377 at-bats and a career walk rate of 4.0%. (16 walks total in 400 plate appearances).
Paredes, one of the better infield Tigers prospects they have had in a while looks to be taking over at third with Candelario staying at 1st. What he lacks in power, Paredes has a good eye with a 10.1% BB walk rate and 11.1% K rate in his minor league career. He is a line drive that can drive the ball into the gaps.
The rotation needs a boost
The Tigers have the worst starting rotation ERA in all of baseball with a 7.46. Their K per 9 of 6.89 is also one of the worst in the league. With Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal to fill the rotation, Al Avila made it clear today the future of the rotation, or at least one part of it with Matt Manning and Alex Fadeo and Franklin Perez waiting in the wings, is here. Meanwhile, while you wait to see Tarik Skubal pitch tomorrow, check out the heat from June.
Detroit fans, finally, the future is here.