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Drew Smyly wins final spot in Tigers’ starting rotation

Apr 1, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

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From the Detroit Free Press‘ official Twitter feed comes word that the Tigers have named 22-year-old left-hander Drew Smyly as their No. 5 starter.

Smyly posted a 2.84 ERA and tallied 10 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, winning the job over fellow Tigers southpaw Duane Below, who surrendered nine  runs in 15 2/3 frames.

Detroit doesn’t need a fifth starter until April 12, so Smyly will make one appearance in the minor leagues to open the year before being added, officially, to the major league roster.

The former second-round pick registered a 2.07 ERA and 130/36 K/BB ratio in 126 innings last season between Single-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie. He has yet to throw a pitch at the Triple-A level.

  1. dracko19 - Apr 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Once again, DET farm system cranks out another major league player that all the “experts” didn’t have on their radar. Maybe DET farm isn’t as hopeless as we are all lead to believe every year.

  2. btwicey - Apr 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Well done son

  3. philliesblow - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Marketing heaven, the Tigers staff now has a Coke & a Smyly.

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