Friday, July 24, 2009

Casey Fien Move Caps Busy Day

It's been a busy day for the Tigers. They activated Carlos Guillen and designated Josh Anderson for assignment this morning. In the afternoon, they defeated the White Sox 5-1 behind a complete game by Justin Verlander in the first game of a day night double header.

Later in the afternoon, they promoted Eddie Bonine from Toledo and optioned Freddy Dolsi to the same team. In the evening, both Bonine and Guillen helped them win 4-3 to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Bonine allowed three runs in six innings and Guillen homered. They scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when Clete Thomas drew a bases loaded walk.

They weren't done yet though. Jason Beck just announced via Twitter that the Tigers have optioned Bonine back to Toledo and have purchased the contract of Casey Fien. The 25 year old Fien had a 3.61 ERA and 51/13 strikeout/walk ratio in 47 1/3 innings this year for the MudHens. The Tigers 2006 20th round draft pick out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been especially sharp as of late. In the last month the right-handed reliever has a 19/3 ratio and 1.17 ERA in 15 1/3 innings.

Fien has a 92-95 MPH fastball and a good slider and Mark Anderson of TigsTown says he has a "bulldog mentality". According to, Casey is very tough on right-handed batters holding them to a .218 batting average since 2006. Left-handed batters have hit him at a .259 clip. He is an extreme flyball pitcher with 34.6% groundball percentage this year which makes him somewhat susceptible to the longball.

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