Young Tigers’ arms have future looking bright in Motown

We all know that a good baseball team is only as good as its supporting pitching staff in baseball. You could have the most dynamic offense in all of baseball, but if you don’t have a solid pitching staff and a matching bullpen, you won’t be doing much winning at all. The Detroit Tigers have some young, promising pitching prospects that should be something to look forward to in the near future. Here are five Tigers arms to keep your eyes on as we move into the future…

Joe Jimenez: Signed with the Tigers out of Puerto Rico in 2013. He was a key contributor for the West Michigan Whitecaps on their way to the Class-A League Championship in 2015. Jimenez totaled a 5-1 record with a 1.47 ERA, 0.791 WHIP and 17 saves in 40 appearances. Being named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year was also part of Jimenez’s impressive 2015.

Bruce Rondon: We all remember the infamous getting sent home early for lack of effort incident that occurred last season. Rondon has been a name that has come up in many conversations with being “MLB ready” and “just needs an opportunity”. There was surely glimpse of what he can bring to the table, but then there were also the times that made us wonder why this guy is even pitching in the bigs. Tuesday afternoon saw Rondon turn in a 1-2-3 inning en- route to a Tigers 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. His fastball was on full display as it touched 100 MPH on two separate occasions and even got up to 101 MPH once. His sliders seemed to have a great bite to them that kept the hitters off balance as well. Let’s hope that a performance like that will be a sign of things to come, and Rondon can get back to putting in the most effort possible. With the additions of Francisco Rodriguez, Justin Wilson and Mark Lowe to the bullpen though, it seems as Rondon has a lot of work to do to be in a Tigers uniform come Opening Day.

Michael Fulmer: Fulmer came over to Motown as a part of the Yoenis Cespedes trade that sent him to the Mets. Fulmer looks to be being groomed as an eventual starter in the big leagues, though could spend some time in the Tigers bullpen to start. In 2015, he was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year and was even the starter for the Eastern League’s All-Star Team. Considered the Tigers top prospect, Fulmer has all the looks of a potential ace in the future.

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Matt Boyd/Daniel Norris: Two out of the 3 pieces that came back to the Tigers when David Price was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, they are both left handed pitchers, which is always nice to have in the big leagues. Boyd looks to be more of a fringe starter that would be best suited for a long relief roll in the bullpen. Norris looks to be tabbed as the Tigers’ number five starter to start the season and has the talent to take the role and keep improving. One side note on Norris, the dude beat thyroid cancer, I can see that being some extra motivation for him to break out and show all of the potential the young left hander has to offer.

It’s always nice to have options, whether it’s offensively or pitching and the Tigers are one team that surely have options. Whether it’s guys that are already on the big league roster or guys that can be called up at any given moment, Al Avila should be able to remain confident with pitching decisions that need to be made into the future.

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