DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Pitcher Duane Below #64 of the Detroit Tigers throws in relief against the Toronto Blue Jays February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ESPN.com caused a bit of hub-bub by listing Jacob Turner as the Tigers' probable starter, but the Tigers' game notes just came out a few minutes ago with lefthander Duane Below listed as the starter instead. The 25-year-old Britton, Mich., native is scheduled to make his MLB debut.
We'll have some updates to this story soon.
For the season with Triple-A Toledo, Below has a 3.13 ERA (fitting!) in 115 innings. He's struck out 83 and walked 37 batters. That translates to 6.50 K/9, or 17.6% strikeout rate. The walk rate is 2.90 BB/9 or 7.8%. His ERA is helped by a nearly 80% strand rate. So basically, when you look at the past two years you see a pitcher with an FIP that has been steady at around 4.24 or so.
He featured a fastball that sits in the low-90s and peaks around 94 or 95. He also threw cut fastballs, a curveball in the high-70s, and a changeup in his most recent start for the Mud Hens, according to John Wagner's Coop Scoop blog.