After an eye-opening spring training—and thanks to Jacob Turner’s lingering shoulder tightness—Drew Smyly was named as the Tigers' fifth starter headed into the season. Despite having never thrown a pitch above Double-A, the 22-year-old left-hander—the Tigers’ No. 3 prospect—will take mound for the first time on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Arkansas, the 6'3", 190-pound left-hander was dominant in his first minor league season in 2011.
Drew Smyly leads the American League in ERA. Wait, what? Who? The Tigers' 22-year-old rookie has given up one earned run in 34 innings and six starts this season. But Smyly, who barely made the team out of spring training has little... Read Post
Detroit Tigers' right-hander Jacob Turner, 20, is on a Porcello-like fast track to the big leagues. However, with Phil Coke grasping a hammerlock on the fifth starter spot, Turner will begin 2011 in AA Erie. Nevertheless, the organi... Read Post