The Detroit Tigers made a trade on Monday to keep relief pitcher Kyle Lobstein in the organization. Lobstein was a rule five draft pick like former teammate Jeff Kobernus who was returned to the Washington Nationals this last week.
This spring Lobstein didn’t have remarkable numbers; actually they weren’t that great at all. In seven appearances he gave up 12 runs in which 10 were earned. Along with all the runs, he gave up 18 hits and six walks. Although these numbers aren’t good, he’s just 23-years-old.
He was a long shot to make the big league roster in the bullpen so the Tigers needed to work out a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays or they would have to return him due to rule five draft rules. They gave up Curt Casali, a catcher who has spent his career in the minors since 2011. Casali hit just .263 with 59 RBI, a relatively low price for a young pitcher that the Tigers see potential in.
The jury is still out on this kid as they say, and considering the depth that the Tigers have at catcher in the minors, this was a trade worth making. He may turn out to be nothing, but even so, he’s young and they only gave up a minor league prospect.
Lobstein was sent to Double-A Erie following the trade ruling him out of breaking camp with the team. I didn’t get to see him in action much this spring, but from what it sounds like, the organization likes him and likes his talent. In the limited amount of innings I’ve seen, he seems like a project to say the least, but at the same time I don’t mind the move. The Tigers gave up very little for him and you never know these days with pitchers; they come and go quickly.