Detroit Tigers LHP Joey Wentz will start 2024 in the big leagues.
While the Detroit Tigers have made some moves, bulking things up with their rotation, they will still find room for left-hander Joey Wentz. The 26-year-old has not exactly been a huge success for the Tigers, but there's still a chance he will end up with the Tigers' pitching staff come Opening Day 2024.
Even though the Detroit Tigers have continued to trot out Joey Wentz to start games the past few seasons, his future may be in the team's bullpen. Time will tell, but Wentz could soon become a swing-man for this pitching staff. He could be a sixth-day starter and long-relief role pitcher for Detroit.
Since the Tigers are reportedly toying around with the idea of a six-man starting rotation, it leaves some more room for the Tigers to mix in pitchers. Wentz will likely not get demoted to the minors, but his role with the big-league club could end up being a lot different in 2024.
Last year, Wentz made 19 starts and had six appearances working out of the bullpen, accumulating 105.2 innings pitched. He managed a 6.90 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. He walked 47 hitters and struck out 98 along the way. Certainly, these numbers do not bode well for 2024 unless Wentz comes out and finds a way to be much better for Detroit.
The Tigers will rely on Wentz again in 2024; the question for him is merely going to be in what capacity and role. A new role as a reliever may emerge with starts becoming scarcer amongst the pitching staff following the new additions this off-season.