Former Tiger Casper Wells eyeing a return… a pitcher?

We all remember Casper Wells right? He played in 100 games for the Detroit Tigers from 2010-’11, posting a rather respectable .286/.341/.490 slash line. He was shipped off to the Seattle Mariners in 2011 at the trade deadline that netted starting pitcher Doug Fister. Casper never gained any traction in the big leagues after his departure from the Tigers. He played in Seattle until the conclusion of the 2012 season. The 2013 campaign was the last time he appeared in the majors, where he donned three different uniforms (OAK, CHW, PHI).

Wells signed a minor league deal with the Tigers with an invite to spring training prior to the start of the 2015 season. He started the season for the Double-A affiliate Erie SeaWolves, playing in just 15 games and hitting .209 with one homer. He and a relief pitcher were cut by Detroit on the 1st of May.

Wells decided to return home to Schenectady, New York to run baseball clinics this summer, and word on the street is that he has been working on his pitching mechanics. He was a standout pitcher in high school and it was thought about come draft time, but he eventually became an outfielder.

Believe it or not, Wells has actually pitched in the big leagues before. When he was with the Chicago White Sox in 2013, he pitched a scoreless inning and giving up just one walk. His other pitching outing was not as memorable. When he was with the Philadelphia Phillies later that season, Wells again came on to pitch. In 2/3 of an inning, he yielded five runs on three hits and three walks.

Wells, 30, says he will continue to get stronger, stay healthy, and work on his mechanics and be ready to try out as a pitcher for some teams come fall. Will the Tigers perhaps take a chance on him?

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