5 current (and former) Tigers prospects that have fallen from grace
The Detroit Tigers have had some prospects not work out over the years
The Detroit Tigers have had numerous players appear in top prospect lists during the course of this rebuild. Unfortunately, many of them haven't worked out, whether it be prospects acquired in trades or players that were drafted by the Tigers.
Today, we're going to look at five of those prospetcs. Keep in mind that some players have reached the big leagues and the jury is still out on them. Players such as Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Riley Greene, and Spencer Torkelson still have time to carve their own path.
We're going to focus on current and former prospects that we know for sure are not going to make an impact for the Detroit Tigers at the major league level. Let's take this painful trip down memory lane.
RHP Reese Olson
I was once a big believer in Reese Olson. His stuff is so good, especially his secondary pitches. He started this season in Triple-A, and it's been an absolute disaster.
Olson is currently 1-3 with an 8.44 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in 26. 2 IP so far this season. He has just eight fewer walks (20) than strikeouts (28). Opponents are hitting .330 against him this season.
He just can't command his fastball. and when you can't do that, opponents will just sit on your secondary pitches, rendering their effectiveness pretty useless. It appears his days as a starting pitcher in the Detroit Tigers system are numbered.
Theoretically he could still be a solid arm in the bullpen some day, but if he can't command his fastball, it's just hard to be a good pitcher.