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Detroit Tigers: Rookies Progress Report

DETROIT, MI - JULY 14: Casey Mize #74 of the Detroit Tigers looks on and smiles during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 14, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 14: Casey Mize #74 of the Detroit Tigers looks on and smiles during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 14, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Rookies Progress Report
CHICAGO – AUGUST 18: Tarik Skubal #29 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Chicago White Sox on August 18, 2020 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /

Tarik Skubal

(ranks out of 116 rookies)

Grade: D

Analysis: Tarik Skubal hasn’t found the big leagues any easier than Casey Mize, though Skubal does have a win to his name. The Tigers have been slow to let Skubal loose, but he’s made some strides in each start. He throws plenty of strikes, but they aren’t always where he needs them to be, and his changeup and curveball have a ways to go before they are reliable offerings.

Conclusion: It’s been a decidedly mixed bag for the Detroit Tigers rookies so far in 2020. We’ve seen plenty of flashes of talent, but just about every one of these rookies needs to show more consistency. We’ll check back at the end of the season to see if there’s been progress.

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