Detroit Tigers: Will Vest settling in nicely after late arrival
By Tyler Kotila
Detroit Tigers seeing Will Vest settle in nicely.
The Detroit Tigers have been relying on the bullpen a lot in 2023. After a shaky start, things have turned around quite a bit, and the team has seen several of their relievers settle in as quality options for the team to turn to in relief outings.
One of the things that the Detroit Tigers are hoping for is a continued success from their bullpen options. Reliever Will Vest was one of the additions to the bullpen who joined the team after the season began, being a late arrival to the team.
Vest was one of the final cuts from the big league roster coming out of Spring Training, being someone who was kept behind to keep tuning up to make a difference working out of the teams' bullpen when he got the chance.
Vest was called up and has jumped into the bullpen, being someone the team can call upon, and to this point, things have been great for him as he has settled in nicely in his limited time wearing a Tigers uniform in 2023.
He has made nine appearances for the Tigers in 2023, with a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP to his credit over 10.2 innings pitched. The right-hander has walked five and punched out 12 opposing hitters along the way.
There have been some solid outings from the Tigers' reliever since he has rejoined the club. Being able to pitch effectively has been a bright spot, and the Tigers have to hope that he can continue to be consistent and snowball quality outings together.
He may not be the team's closer or a shut-down eighth-inning guy. But the Tigers have been able to see Vest get the job done. His recent outing against Seattle was not the best, but his other outings as of late have been flawless.
Finding efficient bullpen outings from wherever the Tigers can is essential, and Vest was exceptional in 2022. He pitched in 59 games for the Tigers last season, where he managed a 4.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 63.0 innings pitched. He also issued just 22 walks with 63 strikeouts to pair.
The Tigers have employed Vest out of the bullpen on a pretty consistent basis, and the team needs to be hoping he can continue to march toward a similar level that he had shown in the past. The Tigers bullpen has woken up, and Vest is one of the players who has helped piece together solid outings.