The Detroit Tigers called up top pitching prospect Robbie Ray to fill a hole in their starting rotation, and he did not disappoint. The 5.1-inning performance was exactly what the Tigers were looking for. With Anibal Sanchez on the DL, the Tigers needed someone to fill his spot in the rotation, and it looks like Ray has claimed the temporary spot.
Ray’s strong debut also has his future looking very bright. He showed composure beyond his years on the mound, working out of some tough situations while walking just one batter. While he is likely destined to be sent back to triple-A for more work upon Sanchez’s return, the Tigers should be excited about Ray’s future. He should get another start before Sanchez is eligible to come off the DL and could get some major league work in a similar role to Jose Alvarez last season, making trips between triple-A and the big leagues as needed.
The Tigers rotation is set for this season, as Drew Smyly has moved from the bullpen to take over the final spot. However, Ray could be the leading candidate for a rotation spot next season if Max Scherzer ends up leaving in the offseason.