Detroit Tigers: Arizona Fall League Season Roundup
Here’s how Detroit Tigers pitching prospects fared in the 2022 AFL season
The Detroit Tigers had four players log time out west and record innings. It was a couple of low-range prospects getting in some extra work before the offseason began. Joey Wentz was the big-name prospect amongst the group who was downright dominant.
There was not a whole lot of excitement around the 2022 AFL season Matt Walker had in his time out west. He had two really bad starts to kick things off, tarnishing his stats. He switched over to a relief role and got two appearances in to recover.
Walker finished the fall with four appearances for 7.2 innings pitched, allowing ten hits and seven earned runs. He issued three walks and added six punchouts. Things certainly could have been better for Walker this fall, that’s for sure.
Jack Anderson pitched out of the Rafters’ bullpen and often got the job done when called upon. He ended up picking up ten appearances of an inning a piece, and he finished with ten innings pitched in relief.
He grabbed a save in his one opportunity and managed to punch out seven and be efficient in his relief outings. He issued four walks and pitched to a 4.50 ERA and 1.90 WHIP. Things were not perfect for Anderson, but he was able to find success during most of his outings.
Someone Detroit Tigers fans could classify as an AFL pop-up arm in 2022 is Tyler Mattison. He pitched in 10 games, tallying 11.1 innings pitched, where he managed a 3.18 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He issued eight walks and allowed seven hits but was able to punch out 19 opposing hitters.
Mattison was solid when relied upon. He did allow five runs (four earned), but Mattison was smooth when he was on the mound for the most part. Hopefully, Mattison can take the things that went right this fall into next season as well.
Saving the best for last once again, Joey Wentz was absolutely dominant in his outings this fall. Things were cut short, and he was sent home early after being “too good.” Well, okay, that’s not exactly how it works, but after finding success early on, the Tigers opted to send him home.
Wentz made three starts in the 2022 AFL season, including four perfect innings in his first outing. Wentz threw 12 scoreless while allowing just two hits and four walks. He punched out 14 opposing hitters and consistently got it done in his four-inning outings this fall.