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Tigers to call up 2010 supplemental first-round pick Chance Ruffin

Jul 24, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

Chance Ruffin AP

Chance Ruffin, the 48th overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, will be the second player from last year’s class to make his major league debut after the Tigers call him up Monday.

Detroit announced the move after Sunday’s game.  Lester Oliveros will be sent down to make room for Ruffin in the pen.

Ruffin, a University of Texas product, was just promoted to Triple-A Toledo at the end of last month.  He had a 2.00 ERA and seven saves in eight appearances there, and he was 3-3 with 17 saves, a 2.09 ERA and a 55/20 K/BB ratio in 43 innings for the season.

Chance is following the same path to the majors as his father, Bruce Ruffin, who was taken in the second round out of the University of Texas in 1985 and reached the majors just a year later.  Bruce went on to amass a 4.19 ERA and 63 saves in 12 big-league seasons.

Chance Ruffin joins the White Sox’s Chris Sale as the only 2010 draft products currently in the majors.

  1. kiwicricket - Jul 24, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    What. A. Name…… stupendous!

  2. mdpickles - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    I hope Chance has a better career than his old man. Bruce ruined alot of afternoons for me in my youth. Signed, phils fan.

  3. macjacmccoy - Jul 25, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    How did so many teams pass up on a kid that was capable of being major league ready this soon? It seems like either a gross misstep by 29 franchises or one by 1 franchise. Either this kid was a stud and nobody realized it or the White Sox are nuts and are rushing this kid up and are risking turning this kid into a career 4+ era pitcher like his dad in a desperate attempt to get back into the American League Central Race.

    • craggt - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:45 AM

      He was pricey. He fell to the tigers because no one else was willing to give him a signing bonus that he wanted.

  4. dracko19 - Jul 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Tigers have a history of giving draft picks more money than they are “slotted” to get. Drives Bud Selig nuts. Chance wanted too much money, so teams passed. Rick Porcello is another example. He was picked 27th in the 2007 draft and then went 14-9 with a sub 4.00 ERA in 2009. NYY, BOS, PHI, etc overpay the top free agents so DET has decided to roll the dice overpaying the kids and getting the best young studs, regardless of where they pick in the draft. Pretty smart strategy in my opinion.

    • adenzeno - Jul 25, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      Anything that annoys Selig is good

  5. sunking1 - Jul 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    His father ‘amassed’ 63 saves over a 12 yr career. It doesn’t sound like he was amassing very fast

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