Baseball America has announced their Minor League All-Star team for the 2015 season, and there are two Detroit Tigers pitchers on the roster. Matt Boyd, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the trade for David Price, and Michael Fulmer, who was acquired from the New York Mets for Yoenis Cespedes, have been named first team minor league All-Stars.
The publication raved about Boyd's season:
One of three lefthanders the Blue Jays traded to the Tigers for David Price in July, Boyd had a remarkable minor league season, leading all qualified starters in WHIP (0.85) and opponent average (.176) while finishing second only to Blake Snell in ERA (1.65).
Boyd has struggled since being called up to Detroit, but he is projected to be a back end starting pitcher in the major leagues.
Fulmer likewise drew strong praise from Baseball America:
Fulmer spent the first half of the season wowing scouts with his power fastball/slider repertoire at Double-A Binghamton, and while his home address shifted to Erie in the second half, following a trade from the Mets to the Tigers for Yoenis Cespedes, the results remained unchanged. Fulmer earned Eastern League pitcher of the year honors after winning the circuit’s ERA title at 2.14 and finishing among the leaders with a 1.10 WHIP and .228 opponent average.
Fulmer is expected to be added to the Tigers' 40-man roster in November, and will compete for a major league job in spring training 2016, but is more likely headed to Toledo to start the season.