Before we wrap things up, here’s a list of a few guys that just missed out on being protected from the Rule 5 draft:
SP Austin Bergner- Bergner is already 25, and while he has been solid, it sure seems like he has more reliever upside than starter upside, which is fine, but the Tigers can afford to risk losing a guy like him
SP Chance Kirby- Kirby is 27, and while he did have a 2.62 ERA in 127 IP in Double-A this season, his peripherals just aren’t that great.
RP Elvis Alvarado- Now here’s an interesting case. Alvarado is actually a converted outfielder who could never throw strikes on a conistent basis. The Tigers nabbed him in the minor league Rule 5 Draft last year. Across three levels, Alvarado had a 2.72 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 59.2 IP, and the walks were way down. Clearly Gabe Ribas and company did something with him. He’s a hard thrower as well, able to touch 99 mph, something the Tigers used to have an abundance of, but don’t anymore. He could be someone the Tigers protect , but he just misses the cut here.