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How are Detroit Tigers prospect fairing in the Arizona Fall League?


So far, it has been a pretty mixed bag or results for Detroit Tigers prospects in the Arizona Fall League. The most important prospect out there is LHP Andy Oliver who the Tigers would like to compete for a spot in the starting rotation come 2012. So far, he has started six games for the Salt River Rafters. In those starts, he has a 5.84 ERA, and opponents are hitting .286 against him. He also has more walks than strikeouts. He is however shutting down left-handed batters, who are hitting .091 against him.

Oliver, 23, has struggled in two stints with the big club. So far, he has a 7.11 ERA in the big leagues. Last season he played with the Toledo Mud Hens and went 8-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 26 starts. That seems to indicate that the Tigers cannot rely on him to be a part of the 2012 starting rotation, and may have to add a left-handed started via free agency. 

Another left-handed arm, Casey Crosby, is also playing out west this fall. He spent 2011 with the Erie Sea Wolves and went 9-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 25 starts there. He did record 121 strikeouts there. Out west, Crosby has pitched out of the bullpen. He has posted a 2.08 ERA in a little over eight innings, but opponents are batting .353 against him.

Tyler Stohr, also of the Sea Wolves, has a 1.74 ERA; Rob Waite an Erie teammate has a 6.75 ERA. West Michigan Whitecaps SS Dixon Machado is struggling with a .133 average. Fellow Whitecaps 1B Hernan Perez is hitting .283. 

While none of these players appear ready to make the big squad, their development is certainly a concern among Tigers fans as we look to how good the big team will be down the road. 

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