With Spring Training on the way, the Detroit Tigers have quite a few new faces we could see on the team this season. Most of them have been in the orgainzation for a while, but there were some minor league signees who could make the team out of camp.
There are several spots on the big league and 40-man roster that are up for grabs. The bullpen in particular has at least three spots ripe for the taking. We'll go over some roster battles to watch later on as we get closer to spring training, but today we're going to look at a few players that are not currently on the 40-man roster that could make their way onto it by Opening Day.
These players will need to have strong springs, but it's not at all out of the realm of possibility for them to not only crack the 40-man, but even make the Opening Day 26-man roster. We'll be focusing primarily on the 40-man for this article, though. Let us begin.
RHP Trey Wingenter
Wingenter will be the only player mentioned here with big league experience. He pitched out of the bullpen with the Padres from 2018-19 with some mixed results. He had struck out almost 13 batters per nine innings is each of those two years, but also walked around five batters per nine. The ERA was high in 2019 at 5.65, but he struck 72 batters in 51 innings pitched. The stuff is definitely there.
His baseball savant page has a lot to like. He doesn't have a lot of spin on his fastball, but his 6-7 frame allows him to have great extention and hide the ball well. He was also in the 96th percentile in whiff rate, again highlighting his nasty stuff.
He's a primarily fastball/slider pitcher, with his slider being his out pitch. It has a ton of movement.
His fastball can get close to triple digits. It has some good ride through the zone. He's could be a really nice pickup for the Tigers.
Now you may be asking, what has he been doing the the past three years? Well, simply put, he hasn't been healthy. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 and has had recurring elbow issues since. Now at age 28, he needs to prove that he can stay healthy. If he can, he could be one heck of a weapon for the Detroit Tigers.