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

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Detroit Tigers, Garrett Hill
Tigers pitching prospect Garrett Hill throws during practice at the spring training minor league minicamp Thursday, Feb.17, 2022, at Tiger Town in Lakeland, Florida.Tigers2 /

Detroit Tigers RHP Garrett Hill

The Detroit Tigers made the move to promote Garrett Hill to the big leagues during the 2022 season. In 2021, he did not make it above Double-A. This summer, he started in Double-A. He’s logged games in Triple-A in 2022, also getting to make his big league debut during the season.

Hill is yet another example of the Tigers’ rotation being able to churn out quality starts from unlikely sources. The right-handed pitcher has made eight starts with two relief appearances for the Tigers since getting promoted to the big leagues.

He has pitched to a 3.70 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and punched out 27 hitters over 48.2 innings pitched. It’s once again this recurring theme of Tigers pitchers being efficient. While they may not always be overpowering hitters, they get the job done.

In Hill’s case, he fills up the zone, misses barrels, and can induce weak contact and collect outs that way. He’s been a solid member of the Tigers rotation since being promoted to the big leagues to make his debut.

His fastball plays well up in the zone, and he’s able to work glove side. He’s a pitcher who mixes in a slider and changeup, showing a curveball in the repertoire. The breakers are both high-spin, being above 2,500 RPMs, with the curveball getting about 2,600 RPMs as the better of the two, spin-wise.

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The Tigers have gotten plenty from Hill and several of the pitchers who have made starts in 2022. The “next man up” mentality has certainly paid off.