The Detroit Tigers brought back an old face this offseason in the form of Ian Krol. Now, as Spring Training rolls on, Ian Krol has surprisingly been impressive and might actually find himself getting a look or two in the 2021 season.
It sounds interesting to say that, given that Krol’s last stint with the Detroit Tigers resulted in him and the organization parting ways following a near 6.00 ERA. He did not pitch in the big leagues during the 2019 and 2020 seasons, but he is back in the Tigers organization looking for a second chance.
The left-handed reliever is now 29 years old and simply looking to do whatever he can to prove he can be an effective reliever when called upon. Basically, just doing whatever he can to prove he deserves a look in the big leagues with the Tigers bullpen.
Seeing Krol revive his career is not the only player who is working on a big-league comeback that used to play with the Tigers either. While Anthony Gose is no longer with the Tigers, he is looking to make big-league appearances once again in 2021, however, no longer as an outfielder.
When it comes to Ian Krol, expect him to show the progress of a career revival in 2021 for the Detroit Tigers.
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It may not be the most likely of comebacks, especially for a pitcher who has a career 4.50 ERA out of the bullpen over six seasons in the majors.
But if Gose can turn things around from being an outfielder to a relief pitcher, the Tigers should leave some hope that Krol can revive things.
The Tigers are deep into the rebuild and the win-loss record will not be too important, the focus will be on the skills of the guys, developing younger players, and going through the process, and getting better all around the entire season.
That being said, Krol coming up to the big leagues at some point really is not the worst thing in the world, if he sucks, then he sucks and the Tigers get rid of him or demote him. But the way he has pitched in Spring Training, he at least deserves a look.
Krol has pitched in three games down in Lakeland where he has totaled 3.1 innings pitched. Yes, it is a small sample size, but he has not allowed a hit, has a 0.00 ERA, only walked two hitters, and has struck out six opposing hitters for a 0.60 WHIP.
He has faced 12 batters in total, striking out six of them. In his minimal sample size at Spring Training, he has struck out half of the batters he has faced, pretty impressive even in a small sample size.
That being said, keep an eye on Krol as Spring Training closes out and the 2021 season kicks off.