The Detroit Tigers made a modest addition to their roster on Tuesday, calling up catcher Bryan Holaday and left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo. Both players have spent time at the major league level over the past couple seasons, though have spent most of the year with the Mud Hens.
Major league rules stipulate that teams can call up anyone on their 40-man roster after September 1, and most teams use the opportunity to give some of their top prospects a taste of the big leagues. The Tigers don't have many top prospects on the 40-man roster, but they will likely make a few more additions in the coming days as their minor league affiliates close out the year. The minor league season extends a bit longer than usual in 2015, with games as late as September 7, so the Tigers will not fully deplete those rosters just yet.
Despite seeing time at the major league level, neither Holaday nor Ryan have been all that successful in the minors this season. Holaday is batting .224/.282/.311, including an ice-cold July with a .461 OPS. Holaday is coming off of a thumb injury, though it should not limit his playing time. Ryan has made 17 starts for Toledo, but has a 4.19 ERA and 1.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 103 innings. Many have pegged him as a future reliever, but the 23-year-old lefty has allowed left-handed batters to hit .311/.355/.398 this season.
In other minor league news, the Tigers are sending seven prospects to the Arizona Fall League, which begins in October. Position players Michael Gerber, JaCoby Jones, and Dominic Ficociello, and pitchers Austin Kubitza, Jeff Ferrell, Montreal Robertson, and Adam Ravenelle will join the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Toledo Mud Hens 7, Louisville Bats 5 (box)
Toledo jumped all over Bats starter Robert Stephenson, a top prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Stephenson gave up six runs on eight hits in just three innings, including a five-spot in the second. Mike Hessman, Dean Green, and Daniel Fields all had RBI doubles during that frame, and Jefry Marte drove in a run in the eighth. Tim Melville notched his seventh win with six shutout innings.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Akron Rubber Ducks 4 (box)
The SeaWolves broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run seventh inning, handing Akron reliever Zach Nuding his second loss of the season. Top prospect Michael Fulmer only lasted four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, but he threw 87 pitches. Calvin Drummond earned the win with three scoreless frames in relief. Jeff McVaney hit a three-run homer in the seventh, scoring Wynton Bernard and JaCoby Jones.
Brevard County Manatees 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)
Endrys Briceno continued his road back from Tommy John surgery with a rocky start, allowing five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. His offense did him no favors, though, collecting two runs on six hits off Manatees starter Wei-Chung Wang. The top five hitters in the Lakeland lineup failed to reach base.
West Michigan Whitecaps 10, Great Lakes Loons 0 (box)
The Whitecaps bludgeoned the Loons bullpen, scoring eight of their 10 runs off relievers Nolan Long and Matt Campbell in a 10-0 beatdown. Spencer Turnbull was spectacular for West Michigan, striking out 12 while allowing just one hit in 6 2/3 innings. The Whitecaps offense totaled 16 hits, including home runs from Michael Gerber and Kade Scivicque.
The Tigers only racked up eight hits on Tuesday, but four of them went for extra bases in an 8-4 win over Staten Island. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a Joey Havrilak homer, and solid work from the Connecticut pitching staff sealed the win. Sleeper prospect Will Allen had two hits, his fourth multi-hit game in a row.
Mud Hens: The Hens have two more home games remaining this season before heading out on the road for four games to close out the year.
SeaWolves: Arizona Fall League call-up Austin Kubitza (8-12, 5.84 ERA) will start against Akron's Shawn Morimando (9-12, 3.35 ERA).
Flying Tigers: Lakeland is off on Wednesday. They will kick off their final series of the season, a home-and-home with Tampa, on Thursday.
Whitecaps: Their chances are slim, but the Whitecaps have a chance to catch first-place Fort Wayne with a three-game home series starting on Wednesday.
Tigers: Connecticut will play a doubleheader against the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets' affiliate, tonight at Dodd Stadium.