Detroit Tigers: 3 Yankee trade targets to keep an eye on this series

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher JosŽ Ure–a (62) pitches to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, May 2, 2021, in New York.Tigers At Yankees
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher JosŽ Ure–a (62) pitches to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, May 2, 2021, in New York.Tigers At Yankees /
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2. RHP Luis Gil

Gil is currently pitching in Double-A and has been very effective. In 21.1 innings pitched so far in 2021, he has 36 strikeouts, seven walks, and allowed just one home run.  He primary throws a power slider, fastball, and has a decent changeup but according to FanGraphs’ Eric Longehagen, it lacks consistency.

The Yankees acquired him via Minnesota for Jake Cave in a trade when New York put Cave on waivers so it has been a lottery ticket that has paid off well so far. The Yankees are good at identifying talent among other organizations (See Chad Green as a good example)

He does carry a reliever risk since he does not throw a third pitch effectively but he can hit 99-100 based on his low-effort, quick release.  He generates swings and misses and for the Tigers, having a right-handed pitcher in the system can generate that either as a starter or a reliever for depth would be huge for Detroit.

This is an arm that could help out Detroit soon based on the current instruction the Tigers have on staff with Dan Hubbs and pitching coach Chris Fetter. To me at least, if the Yankees and again a big IF, are willing to trade Gil, I think he would be a great fit in Detroit.

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