Detroit Tigers: 3 pitchers who have stepped up the most in 2022

(Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)
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Detroit Tigers, Beau Brieske
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JULY 12: Starting pitcher Beau Brieske #63 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 12, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Detroit Tigers RHP Beau Brieske

The Detroit Tigers may be without Beau Brieske as he nurses a nagging bicep tendinitis injury. That’s a topic to discuss in itself as he continues to handle that and work on the road to recovery, hoping to make a few starts before the season’s end.

However, Brieske was an outstanding starter for the Tigers before ending up on the Injured List (IL). He got the job done time and time again, finding ways to be efficient and record-outs. He may not be out there striking out everyone, but he was able to miss barrels and get efficient outs.

He made the second-most starts on the team, behind only Skubal. Brieske made 15 starts to total 81.2 innings pitched. He managed a 4.19 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, picking up 54 punchouts along the way as well.

The right-hander has a high-spin fastball that he pairs with the changeup often, finding success in doing so. He also mixes in a slider as his primary breaking ball and can sequence his pitches and tunnel them well for success.

Brieske made the jump from Double-A to Triple-A coming into the 2022 season. After injuries, he wound up with the big league club. He was able to string together solid start after solid start until being scratched from his start shortly after the All-Star Break. The rest was history.

He was one of the Tigers’ better options amid all the injuries. As the team continues to finish the rest of the 2022 season, the hope will be that Brieske can join the rotation once again.