The Detroit Tigers have a lot of young starting pitchers who have still yet to make their debut appearances in the big leagues, some are yet to get to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.
The Tigers used a few straight first-round draft choices to select starting pitchers like Beau Burrows, Matt Manning, and Casey Mize as the rotation of the future. A ninth rounder in the form of Tarik Skubal made his way into the top grouping of starting pitching prospects.
The Tigers starting pitchers will be the strongest part of this rebuild if they pan out as expected, the issue is that they are not in the big leagues yet, some of them not even at the Triple-A level yet. Arms like Mize are still a ways away from making their big league debut.
With baseball at a standstill, it makes it harder for these arms like Mize, Manning, and Skubal to maintain the status that they have. Another starter like Anthony Castro was looking to have a breakthrough season and make a case to get to the big leagues for the first time.
Baseball being on pause could do two things if the season is picked up but shortened, some arms might get prematurely called up which would hurt their long-run statuses. The other thing would be a cancellation of the summer leagues would mean stunted development patterns.
If the pitchers’ development is stunted it could honestly be the difference between someone like Faedo making the jump to being permanent with the Triple-A squad or like Manning and Mize getting their chance in the big leagues for the first time.
Besides all of the prospects, the Tigers will not be making any big-time signings soon which would be indicative of the team making a run. However, not being competitive yet, means no big money will be handed out.