5 Detroit Tigers prospects who have raised their profiles

The Erie SeaWolves and Akron RubberDucks get ready to play May 13, 2021 at UPMC Park in Erie.P1seawolves051321
The Erie SeaWolves and Akron RubberDucks get ready to play May 13, 2021 at UPMC Park in Erie.P1seawolves051321 /
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Erie SeaWolves starting pitcher Garrett Hill throws against the Harrisburg Senators on Sept. 1, 2021, at UPMC Park in Erie.P7seawolves090121 /

Detroit Tigers Prospect RHP Garrett Hill

Hill, another late-round draft pick from 2018, this time in the 26th round out of San Diego State saw an increase in his K rate from 2019.

With injuries to Paul Richan, Max Green, and the call ups of Mark Leiter Jr and Richard Pinto to Toledo, Hill emerged from West Michigan with solid numbers and stepped into the SeaWolves’ rotation seamlessly in just three starts. So far, he is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.07 (FIP of 3.41) with 20 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched.

Combined that with his numbers at West Michigan, he has a K per 9 of 11.59 with a BB per 9 of 3.44.  (91K in 70.2 IP) and has only three home runs so far between High-A and Double-A.

He features a fastball, slider, and a changeup.  While he did miss a few starts due to a trip to the IL in June, the fact he adjusted quickly to Double-A so far with an impressive first-strike rate of 58.6%, will be interested in seeing what the Tigers will do in the winter as he is Rule 5 eligible.

RHP Beau Brieske

Another late-round gem, this time in 2019 in the 27th round out of Colorado State University-Pueblo, Brieske in 20 starts, over 100 innings, has 112 strikeouts and 23 walks with an ERA of 3.31 and a FIP of 3.23.  It isn’t just us who has noticed his rise. 

Both pitchers have given the Tigers much-needed starter depth in the minors.

Honorable Mentions:

  • OF Austin Murr (16 game hitting streak for West Michigan) 2021 6th round draft pick of NC State is making a name for himself quickly.
  • C Eliezer Alfonzo: Since being recalled up to West Michigan on August 24th, after struggling earlier in the year, Alfonzo has batted .370 (20-for-54)
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