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Detroit Tigers: Seven players who could make their MLB debut in 2021

Mar 21, 2021; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning (25) warming up before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 21, 2021; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning (25) warming up before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports /
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Alex Lange

Prediction on when he will get the call up:  End of April

Lange has turned some heads in spring training not only his fastball that has been touching 97-99 with movement but a pretty nasty curve that is a knee buckler.

Reliever turnover could be high this season and Lange could get one of the first relievers on speed dial.

The former starter in the Cubs system now a reliever, at Double-A Erie in 2019, posted a K per 9 of 8.62 in 15.2 innings of work in the bullpen with a FIP of 2.79.

Jason Foley

Prediction on when he will get the call up:  September

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When you have a fastball sitting at 98, a changeup at around 89, and a slider at 86 with movement, that helps your cause. Foley will have some down in the minors to either be the closer at Toledo or Erie and get himself time. Detroit would have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him and for this next pitcher…

Zack Hess

Prediction on when he will get the call up:  September

Kellen Gove of our site had this great write-up about Hess from two weeks ago.

"“Standing at 6’6 220, Hess has a violent delivery that packs a punch. When he’s at his best, he features an upper 90s fastball and a sharp biting slider that both grades as above-average pitches. “"

If Detroit can get these arms to develop and avoid injury, the Tigers’ bullpen future beyond 2021 is a good one.

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