5 Detroit Tigers Double-A Players Worthy of a Promotion

Michael Balko
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.P1seawolves061521
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.P1seawolves061521 /
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Detroit Tigers Prospect Number Three: Ethan DeCaster

Ethan DeCaster isn’t a guy that gets nearly enough love as one of the best bullpen arms in the Tigers’ minor league system, but he should and could be a Detroit Tiger right now if he was given an opportunity. Ethan DeCaster was drafted in the 18th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, and he has done nothing but dominate in the minor league system ever since.

DeCaster has been the most reliable arm in the Detroit minor league bullpen for years now, and he is certainly worthy of a call-up to Triple-A Toledo. If there’s one thing Detroit loves but never seems to have, it’s reliable bullpen arms and they could have a good one in Ethan DeCaster. DeCaster, to put it quite simply, is a diamond in the rough and he could very well wind up being one of those “no-name” guys that thrive in Detroit.

DeCaster’s consistent play has been vastly overshadowed by the other impressive arms in the Tigers’ minor league system in recent years, but DeCaster deserves to be in that conversation. DeCaster, this season in Double-A Erie, has appeared in 13 games, logged 19.2 innings pitched, and has kept his ERA at a very impressive 0.46. DeCaster has a walk to strikeout ratio of 9:20 and has allowed an opposing batting average of just .156 on the season. It should be considered a crime that Ethan DeCaster is still playing in Double-A.

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