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Detroit Tigers Pitchers and Catchers 2019

Updated on April 18, 2019
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Jason played organized baseball in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He grew up a fan of many of these incredibly gifted major league players.

Michael Fulmer's health is the only thing stopping him from once again dominating big league hitters.
Michael Fulmer's health is the only thing stopping him from once again dominating big league hitters. | Source

Current Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher Rotation

1.Jordan Zimmermann: It's been four seasons since Zimmermann was an All-Star with the Washington Nationals. The 32-year old right-hander has been slowed by right-side injuries so I'd look for Manager Ron Gardenhire to keep his innings below 190 on the season. It would also behoove Tigers fans to exhibit patience early on as Zimmermann works on his confidence in his body to hold up over the season.

2. Matthew Boyd: the 28-year old left-hander is off to a strong start in 2019. Once thought to be a back-end rotation option, Boyd is cementing his status as a projected ace.

3. Michael Fulmer: The big right-hander is shut down for 2019 after doctors have confirmed that the one-time projected ace will need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. It's likely Fulmer will draw interest from other teams during this off season.

4. Matt Moore: The free-agent signee is lost for the season after right knee surgery.

5. Tyson Ross: Towering right-hander looks like a serviceable back end of rotation option in 2019.

6. Spencer Turnbull: The twenty-six year old right-hander looks like a typical young major league pitcher trying to find consistency and confidence. He throws hard, but he'll need to adjust to major league hitters who have already been sitting on his pitches in the heart of the zone.

Tigers Battery Mates To Play a Big Role in Tigers' Success

Everyone in the Detroit Tigers baseball organization is outwardly settling in for another season of rebuild but inwardly projecting excitement at what new starting catcher Grayson Greiner is capable of and when the plethora of power arms down on the farm are going to be ready for the Show.

It is Grayson Greiner's turn to shine behind the plate for the Detroit Tigers.
It is Grayson Greiner's turn to shine behind the plate for the Detroit Tigers. | Source

Detroit Tigers Catchers for 2019

Detroit Tigers Starting Catcher: Grayson Greiner

Backup Catcher: John Hicks


Detroit Tigers Starting Pitchers for 2016

Starting Pitcher: Jordan Zimmerman

Starting Pitcher: Matthew Boyd

Starting Pitcher: Michael Fulmer

Starting Pitcher: Matt Moore

Starting Pitcher: Tyson Ross


Starting Pitcher: Spencer Turnbull

Starting Pitcher: Sandy Baez

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Carpenter

Starting Pitcher: Matt Hall

Starting Pitcher: Gregory Soto

Starting Pitcher: Franklin Perez

Detroit Tigers Relief Pitchers for 2015

Closer: Shane Greene

Other Tigers' Relievers:

Joe Jimenez

Daniel Stumpf

Buck Farmer

Drew VerHagen

Victor Alcantara

Zac Reininger

Blaine Hardy

Reed Garret


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    • Jason Marovich profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason F Marovich 

      6 years ago from Detroit

      It's nice to see the Detroit - Cleveland rivalry heating up. The Indians are relying on several key players to produce at the top of their levels while Detroit is just hoping injuries don't derail their star lineup. It should be an exciting late summer for both the Indians and Tigers. Thanks for stopping by, F Slovenec.

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      Frank Slovenec 

      6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Just like the Giants Bruce Boche, Tito Francona was able to manage through the Detroit pitchers. I like the Detroit team although I am a die hard Cleveland Fan living 4 blocks from Giants Stadium in San Francisco. I think this is going to be a spectacular year in baseball. Detroit is still the premier team in the AL so the central should be a good race with KC and Cleveland capable..Love the game!!!

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      Jared Schlehuber 

      7 years ago from In the batter's box

      I played with him at oral Roberts. He had a down year offensively in 2011, but rebounded to hit around .300 in 2012. You nailed it on the head. If he can make consistent good contact he will rise fast.

    • Jason Marovich profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      Pickar definitely has an interesting combination of defensive ability and size. If the Tigers farm system is able to teach him to make contact consistently, he could develop into a extra base hitter in Comerica's spacious confines. I'll give the Tigers scouting staff the benefit of the doubt where it comes to Pickar's .195 average at Oral Roberts in 2011. They likely see some potential at the plate to go along with his fine defensive ability. I appreciate your reading and commenting, jschlehuber.

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      Jared Schlehuber 

      7 years ago from In the batter's box

      Expect to hear the name Bennett Pickar in the near future at catcher. May not hit like Avila or Martinez but may be one of the best defensive catchers in all of professional baseball

    • Jason Marovich profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      Thanks, again, Bobbie. The Tigers have had a challenging year, roster-wise, that's for sure. I don't expect their bad luck with injuries and slumps to last into late summer.

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      Bobbie729Alsieux 

      7 years ago

      My heart is still 1st for the New York Yankees but, I hope that the Tigers make it to the World Series/good luck Verlander. An Excellent Article.

      Best Wishes,

      Bobbie729Alsieux

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      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      Thanks, Jean Goetz.

    • Jason Marovich profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      @TeeDee - I see one thing right off that I like about Casali. He gets on base a lot. If he keeps that up, you might be right that Leyland will find a spot for him on the roster in three years. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tee Dee 

      7 years ago

      Curt Casali will be starting in Comerica in 3 years.

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      Jean Goetz 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a great informative and interesting article. I love Tiger Baseball!

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      Linda J. Ream 

      7 years ago

      Great Job Justin Verlander, Enjoy THE TIGERS, THANK YOU TIGERS.

    • Jason Marovich profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      If Avila starts off hot, then I think you're right, Jim Leyland will have to find a place in the lineup for his bat, even when he needs a rest from catching. Thanks for reading and commenting, BBellville.

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      BBellville 

      7 years ago from Marietta,OH

      Alex Avila is for sure going to be the top catcher in fantasy league this year, but as always you have to wonder if he can hold up playing so many games at catcher. I'm sure they will slide him into the DH as often as possible, or should try to at least to keep his bat in the lineup all year.

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      David 

      7 years ago from Idaho

      Verlander is a stud and I'm surprised the hitters in the AL haven't started a petition to ban him from pitching against them since he makes them look so bad. The whole Detroit staff is arguably the best in baseball.

      Martinez will be missed but Fielder's bat will offset the offensive loss. Hopefully Martinez will still be a veteran presence in the dugout even though he cannot contribute on the field.

      Barring any setbacks they should make it to the ALCS at a minimum in 2012.

    • Jason Marovich profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      Bobbie: People, like me, love to read nostalgic stories about baseball, especially about the Yankees! I get a thrill out of sharing my stories online, I hope you will, too. Welcome to HubPages!

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      Bobbie Alsieux 

      7 years ago

      Dear Jason, you are a very famous & great player & I respect your loyalty to your home team. I was glad to hear that you are also a Yankee Fan. My older brother, Mark, caught, when he was a young boy Micky Mantle's Baseball but, he didn't listen to me when I said let's not play baseball with it & he hit a home run - someone stole the ball! Well, I at least I played baseball with Mickey Mantle's Ball for 1 game;I was about 7 at the time & it was so exciting!.

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      Jason F Marovich 

      7 years ago from Detroit

      I've been a long time Yankee fan, too. The Tigers are my hometown team, though, so maybe it's best if the Yankees do struggle a little, for now! Thanks for reading and commenting, Bobbie729Alsieux.

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      Bobbie729Alsieux 

      7 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      I am a Yankee Fan but, I enjoyed this article;excellent enthusiasm.

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