The Detroit Tigers got a glimpse into the future during their 12-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Labor Day. Stephen Moya made his major league debut and recorded his first hit after entering the game in the ninth. It has been a long time coming for the 23-year-old Moya who has been a part of the Detroit Tigers organization since 2009. After dominating the Eastern League for the Erie Seawolves, Moya looks to help the Detroit Tigers with some pop off the bench down the stretch.
Another Tigers rookie made an impact in the victory. Tyler Collins, who was optioned to Toldeo shortly after the season began, hit a monster shot to straight away centerfield knocking in Mudhens teammate Hernan Perez and Stephen Moya. It was vindication for Collins who spent the season playing for the Mudehens after making the Detroit Tigers roster out of spring training.
Catcher James McCann was also among the Detroit Tigers September call-ups. Although he didn’t get an at-bat the rookie catcher did put on the gear to catch Jim Johnson who came in to close out the ninth.
Expect more contributions from the Tigers youth movement last in games as Brad Ausmus looks for way to rest his vets for a playoff run.
The Detroit Tigers continue their three game series with the Cleveland Indians tomorrow from Progressive Field. The match-up will showcase another Detroit Tigers rookie Kyle Lobstein who will look to earn his first major league win after surrendering just one run over 6 innings in his start against the Yankees. First pitch from Cleveland is 7:05 pm and you can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit.