Detroit Tigers next great flamethrower could make MLB debut today

Let’s face it, the 2017 season has been an absolute disaster for the Detroit Tigers, leaving fans scrambling for a good reason to continue following the team.

Well, one reason to continue following is a pitcher who could make his Major League Baseball debut on Thursday against the hated New York Yankees. But the pitcher is likely a player casual Tigers fans have probably never heard of.

Until now.

On Wednesday night, Zac Reininger, a 24-year-old ‘flame-throwing’ reliever was notified he would be joining the Tigers for their series finale against the Yankees.

It’s a move that very few, if any at all, expected to happen this season as Reininger began the year in Class A Lakeland before moving up to Double-A Erie and then to Triple-A Toledo before getting the call to ‘The Show.”

“It’s surreal,” he said. “I honestly didn’t expect it to happen this quick, but I’m glad it did and I feel like I’m ready to be here.”

Reininger has moved quickly through the Tigers farm system this season because of his ability to dominate minor league hitters with his outstanding repertoire of pitches, including a fastball that reportedly touches 98 mph.

Mud Hens catcher Bryan Holaday has had the chance to see Reininger up close and personal during his stint in Toledo and he seems extremely impressed. He specifically mentioned that the young reliever has three “good” off-speed pitches and “the sky’s the limit” for him.

In 42 minor league appearances this season, Reininger has posted a 2.54 ERA while holding opposing batters to a very impressive .193 average.

Whether or not Reininger will be the next great Tigers flamethrower or just the next flamethrower to fizzle out on the big stage is yet to be determined.

But it sure is a good reason for fans to keep paying attention to a team that has seemed to have cashed in their chips.

H/T to MLive for quotes.



Written by Don Drysdale

I am a fan of all Detroit sports and LOVE to write about them!

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