It was announced today that Rick Porcello would be named the fifth and final starter in the Detroit Tigers’ rotation over Drew Smyly. They battled it out all Spring Training and it ultimately was a very close competition all the way till a week before Opening day.
The news wasn’t all bad for Smyly, though. He will be on the Opening Day roster, just not in the rotation. He will be in the bullpen to start the season, the same spot he was at the end of last year where he performed well for the Tigers in the postseason.
Being the incredible, young professional he is, Smyly took the news like a man, and a great teammate. “It’s an honor to make the team” Smyly said, and also added, “I wanted to help the team win. So just to know I’m going to be there, I’m really excited about it.”
In this day and age in sports, teams seem to be full of players that are just looking out for their best interests. How much money they will be making and they want to play a certain position, it’s great when you see a player more concerned about the team rather than himself.
He will most likely be used in long relief and maybe in some seventh inning situations. Last year he was great down the stretch in the bullpen actually making the New York Yankees look silly in the ALCS. I can’t say enough good things about Smyly, and I believe that he’s got a bright future in front of him. It’s only a matter of time before he’s in the starting rotation.