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Detroit Tigers Prospects: Arizona Fall League Weekly Roundup (10/10-10/15)

Tyler Kotila
Snow falls as the game is suspended until Wednesday in the eighth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The game entered a rain delayed after Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Lucas Sims (39) walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and refused throw any more pitches in the heavy rain.Arizona Diamondbacks At Cincinnati Reds
Snow falls as the game is suspended until Wednesday in the eighth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The game entered a rain delayed after Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Lucas Sims (39) walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and refused throw any more pitches in the heavy rain.Arizona Diamondbacks At Cincinnati Reds /
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Sep 9, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Joey Wentz (43) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers pitching prospects in the AFL.

On to the Detroit Tigers’ arms over in the AFL. Let’s get right into it. Former 13th-rounder Matt Walker continues to battle through his outings. He made his second start of the fall, lasting just 2.2 innings before getting the hook.

He allowed six hits, including a home run. Walker was charged with five earned runs, surrendering two walks, and punching out only one opposing hitter. Felt like he was getting beat by the opposition. He threw strikes for the most part but got hit.

Walker has surrendered eight hits, and seven earned runs now over 4.2 innings of work over two starts with the Rafters in the AFL. Plenty of work to do for Walker to find ways to better attack the opposition moving forward.

In other news, Joey Wentz got it done again. He delivered four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. He walked two batters but punched out eight hitters, recording 12 total outs—impressive stuff from the Tigers southpaw who has looked mighty good in his AFL outings.

He’s made two starts, totaling eight innings pitched where he’s yet to allow a run, punching out 11 opposing hitters. Excellent stuff from the lefty who was named co-pitcher of the league in Week one of the 2022 AFL season.

Next is Tyler Mattison, who added another solid inning of work to his AFL resume this week. He punched out two of three hitters, needing just 13 pitches to get the job done. He was up to 95 mph on the fastball and mixed in all of his pitches throughout the outing.

Mattison has now thrown four scoreless innings for the Rafters and was credited with the team’s first win of the AFL season. He’s issued four walks but punched out five, limiting the opposition to only one hit. It’s been a good fall for Mattison with the Rafters.

Lastly, Jack Anderson was able to stave off the opposition during both of his relief appearances this past week. He allowed just one hit, walked two, and punched out two. The right-hander bounced back for a solid second week of the AFL season.

Anderson has now logged four appearances with the Rafters, totaling four innings of work. He has allowed one earned run, punching out two total. Hopefully, Anderson can continue to stack the solid outings up and continue to find success.

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