Detroit Tigers: 3 prospects making a good impression early in spring training
RHP Brendan White
The uncertainty surrounding the bullpen is starting to thin out a bit, and it's led by Brendan White. He's had two scoreless appearances in relief so far with three strikeouts.
White was a surprise addition to the 40-man roster this offseason. He has never pitched above Double-A. The Tigers were afraid they were going to lose him in the Rule 5 Draft if they didn't protect him. Early on, it's easy to see why they were so worried.
White features a fastball that sits around 96 mph consistently as well as a high-spin slider. He fills up the strike zone, which is something Scott Harris has noted about him in the past.
Last year in Erie, he had 73 strikeouts in 67.1 IP and a WHIP under 1 at 0.906. His strikeout to walk ratio was 4.29, which is a stat the Giants really coveted when Harris was their GM, so it's not surprising that he wanted to make sure he kept White in Detroit.
There are a few other relievers having good starts to spring, but if White keeps this up, I think he'll end up heading north.