It's towards the end of the season, the Tigers are in last place and sit 19 games behind the division-leading Kansas City Royals. The Tigers are seven and a half games back from the second AL wild card and are posed to miss the playoffs for the first time in five years. There is nothing left to do but look ahead to the future and that means prospects.
According to the Free Press' James Jahnke, the Tigers have brought up their first wave of September call-ups: pitcher Kyle Ryan and catcher Bryan Holaday. Both Ryan and Holaday have major league experience in 2015. Kyle Ryan has pitched 10 games with the Tigers this year, including five starts with a 5.94 ERA. Holaday has caught 91 games for the Tigers in parts of four years and holds a .247/.278/.321 career batting line in 265 plate appearances. Chris Iott of MLive adds that there are no plans to call up anyone else until next Tuesday when the minor league season ends. Here is a list of likely candidates.
Also, speaking of Ryan, the Tigers might give Ryan some starts and create a six-man rotation to limit the innings of rookie Matt Boyd. The Tigers also have starting pitchers Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list, but their statuses are uncertain of this time says Anthony Fenech of the Detroit News. Pitching coach Jeff Jones says that he wants both Norris and Sanchez to get some starts in before the season ends, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Kyle Lobstein has completed his rehab assignment but a decision hasn't been made if he'll be added to the roster in September.
Other prospects to watch include JaCoby Jones, Dominic Ficociello, Michael Gerber, Jeff Ferrell, Austin Kubitza, Adam Ravennelle and Montreal Robertson as they have been added to the roster for the Arizona Fall League.
Lastly, Tiger prospect Dixon Machado was named to the International League postseason All-Star team according to Chris Iott of MLive. This is quite an honor as only 12 players from 14 teams are selected.
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