Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Andy Oliver to Start for Tigers on Friday

Jon Morosi is reporting that the Tigers will call up Andy Oliver from Double-A Erie to start Friday's game versus the Braves in Atlanta.  He will be taking the spot in the rotation vacated when Rick Porcello was demoted to the minors over the weekend.  Oliver is one of the top prospects in the Tigers organization, so this is exciting news.  He has a 3.61 ERA and 70/25 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings for the SeaWolves this year.

The left-handed Oliver was the Tigers second round pick in the 2009 draft.  According to Mark Anderson of Scout.com, he throws hard for a lefty with a fastball that sits at 92-94 and touches 96.  He also has a slider and change-up.

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