OT - Smyly wins fifth spot

Submitted by HALOL on April 1st, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It was announced this morning that LHP Drew Smyly won the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation. He had to beat out through the spring top prospect Jacob Turner, as well as fellow left handers Andy Oliver, Casey Crosby and Duane Below. He was considered the dark horse to get the job because last year was his first full year of Pro ball. 

His combined  numbers from A+ and AA minor leagues last year:

11-6   2.07 era,  126 IP,  36 BB,  130 K's,  1.103 WHIP.

Pretty impressive numbers, but take with a grain of salt because it was still lower minor leagues he was pitching in. Lets hope he is ready for the Bigs and the organization isn't rushing him like they have done to some other pitchers in recent history.

He will make a start in Triple-A Toledo for the Mudhens on the 7th and then be called up to face the Tampa Bay Rays on the 12th. It was also announced that Luis Marte won the final spot in the bullpen. Opening Day is this Thursday the Tigers take on the Redsox at Comerica. For those of you who are non-baseball fans, just look at it like this, the next "opening day" will be the football season and then everyone can be happy again.


Every Roh Has …

April 1st, 2012 at 12:24 PM ^

Just one point. He was never the "least likely". That distinction belonged to Casey Crosby. Smyly was a dark horse, yes, but he also is considered to be one of the more "polished" in the Tigers system

Young John Beilein

April 1st, 2012 at 12:32 PM ^

Looks like we could be headed towards another season of spot starters from the 5th spot...should be good enough to get the boys to the playoffs.  I haven't been keeping up that much this spring, but how is A jackson looking at the plate?  Any chance his OPB comes close to a respectable number?


April 1st, 2012 at 1:15 PM ^

Well they have room for 3 position players now right? Dirks, and Worth deserve the promotion so then it comes down to Inge and Thomas. Maybe Inge's groin injury could be the final nail in the coffin for the Tigers front office, that remains to be seen. Good to see a young lefty in the rotation, hopefully he stays there and healthy all year.


April 1st, 2012 at 2:03 PM ^

He came in 100% healthy and stronger this spring. Leyland did say that Inge was hitting the ball well, and I did see a couple days ago that he had only 8 k's in 40+ AB, which is a very nice turnaround. I will always be an Inge fan, and I hope he can get it turned around, whether it's here, in AAA, or on another team. 


April 1st, 2012 at 5:19 PM ^

The excitement of professional baseball!!!

Smyly looks in for the pitch.....

Doesnt like the call.  Shakes off the catcher....once...twice.

Catcher comes out to the mound for a brief discussion and then returns behind the plate.

Smyly stares in and gets the call

Smyly comes to the stretch

Batter steps out and tighens his batting gloves


Batter steps back in.....digs in.....takes one, two, three practice swings.

Batter adjusts helmet

Smyly leans back in and gets the call

Here's the windup....annnnnnnnd the pitch!

Ball one

Repeat for the next four four to five hours.






April 1st, 2012 at 6:04 PM ^

I can understand why some people don't find baseball entertaining or as exciting as other sports because it doesn't have that "wow" factor like the other sports, For me the best baseball games are the ones where its a pitchers duel, where both teams are struggling to even get on base and all it takes is one bad pitch or one bad play by the fielder to decide the game. Everybody loves the homeruns, and walk-offs and would rather see a game where both teams are just mashing it out of the park. But only the true fans of the game get excited when they see all nine guys on the field working together to make sure that their team wins. If you don't like baseball thats fine, but if that is what you think the game is really about than you clearly don't understand it.


April 1st, 2012 at 6:17 PM ^

I love how all the baseball zealots get their collective panties in a bunch whenever anybody has the termerity to be critical of their beloved sport. Did you know in 1950 the top three sports in America based on attendance and revenue were as follows:

1. Baseball

2. Boxing

3. Horse racing

I am pretty sure that if i DARED to be critical of either horse racing or boxing nobody on the board would even bother to respond but criticize baseball and people lose it.  Facts are facts - baseball, by any measure, is at best fourth in American interest now and dropping behind football, basketball and NASCAR.  Sorry to burst your bubble here poster formally known as Dark Blue but baseball is a dying sport whose death has been greatly accelerated by the league's unwillingness to confront steriods when it was painfully obvious to everyone else they were being abused coupled with the insanely slow pace of the game.


April 1st, 2012 at 6:55 PM ^

Two things:

1. If OMG's question was directed to me the answer is hell no.  

2. How exactly am i being a dick by pointing out unpleasant (or at least unpleasant to the baseball zealots) facts?

I was trying to poke fun at what I (and apparently most of America) believe to be the core problem in baseball.  The snail's pace of the game.  Baseball's ratings have been in decline severely over the past five decades and the pace of the decline has accelerated.  This isn't just my opinion...it's fact....but I apologize if i ruffled feathers in pointing it out.  

Read this if you want somebody else's opinion as to why they think this is occuring



April 2nd, 2012 at 12:51 AM ^

Because I haven't paid close enough attention in spring training - what's the deal with Jacob Turner?  He had so much hype, that I thought he'd for sure be the last guy in our rotation this year.  Is he close to being a big league starter?  He looked solid in a few starts last year, IIRC.


April 2nd, 2012 at 12:53 PM ^

Turner was having a meh spring, then they shut him down about three weeks ago with shoulder tendinitis. Then, about a week ago, Leyland said he's back to 100%. He'll start the season in Toledo, and if he stays healthy and does well, I'd imagine he'll get called up at some point. Can't be too careful with tendinitis though, that has a tendency to stick around for a while.