Detroit Tigers breakout Double-A pitcher Reese Olson
The Detroit Tigers held a coming-out party for Reese Olson in 2022. The Tigers' right-handed pitching prospect has made significant leaps, and the 2022 season saw him find his stride with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.
The Tigers acquired Olson when they traded Daniel Norris to the Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline in 2021. Norris made his way back to the Tigers organization, and Olson broke out as a high-level prospect who might just be the most intriguing one.
He may not be the best prospect or at the top of the list, but he's jumped closer to the top of the list, and his stuff makes him valuable and even more intriguing. He has relief upside for sure as a high-leverage arm, but the stuff is still hanging on as a starter.
Olson made 25 starts in 2022, accumulating 119.2 innings pitched while pitching to a 4.14 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He issued 38 walks while managing 168 punchouts for the Tigers Double-A affiliate. He had several Pitcher of Month/Week awards credited to him.
Whereas we talked about Jobe being a FB/SL/CH mix guy, Olson has all four offerings, really showing a better feel for his arsenal in 2022. He has a fastball, slider, and changeup as his primary offerings, but he also shows a curveball with a much different look than the slider.
I'd like to once again give a shoutout to Trevor Hooth for his efforts and time spend cutting the video. Any scout has been there and done that, so shoutout to him for putting together a fantastic thread linked here.
Hooth also mentions in a breakdown at the end of the thread that he thinks Olson still has rotational upside. With a viable four-pitch mix and proven starter track record in 2022, there's plenty to like moving forward.
In fact, Olson was rewarded for his successful summer of 2022 by the Tigers. He was added to the team's 40-man roster and protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Moving forward, the Tigers just need Olson to translate success to Triple-A and, eventually, the big leagues.
I feel like the arm talent is easily recognizable with Olson. Between the stuff and the talent he's shown, he just needs to keep climbing the ranks and prove he can be effective. Tigers fans should be excited about what Olson brings to the table, one of Avila's few trades marked as a "win."