Detroit Tigers Spring Training Depth Chart – Starting Pitching
Thirteen different pitchers started games for the Detroit Tigers in 2021, but just seven of them remain in the organization. And that group includes two relievers (Michael Fulmer, Kyle Funkhouser) and a starter who is likely out for the season (Spencer Turnbull). They bolstered their rotation in a big way with the addition of Eduardo Rodriguez as a free agent, but right now it looks as though the club is going to be extremely reliant on young starters Matt Manning, Casey Mize, and Tarik Skubal. Tyler Alexander is tentatively penciled in as the fifth starter, but he also has fewer than 200 MLB innings on his arm.
It’s hard to imagine the Tigers heading into the regular season without adding at least one more veteran starter to their staff. They’ll probably need to bring in a handful more to pitch in Toledo, because their depth starters on the 40-man roster have close to zero experience. Rony Garcia is probably a reliever, but we added him here because he has two career big-league starts, and he was a starter in Triple-A last year before he injured his leg. But he’s the only pitcher with MLB experience. Joey Wentz and Alex Faedo are talented former first-rounders with recent arm injuries, but they will likely be pressed into duty in Detroit this season, and Elvin Rodriguez is a skinny starter with middling stuff who posted a 5.83 ERA in Double-A last year.
They do have some non-roster options, led by Ricardo Pinto, who re-signed with the organization after pacing the farm in a number of pitching categories last year. They signed German hurler Markus Solbach, who has spent time in the Twins, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers organizations, though he racked up an 8.42 ERA last year. The club also has a handful of veteran minor league pitchers who could potentially come to Detroit in an emergency, like Logan Shore, A.J. Ladwig, and Jesus Rodriguez. And then there are the starters who emerged into prospects in 2021: Beau Brieske, Reese Olson, Garrett Hill, and Wilmer Flores, who could all theoretically pitch their way to Detroit this season.