With many of the Tigers’ affiliates past or entering their mid-season breaks, the time is ripe for promotions and corresponding roster moves. The first major moves were announced this morning. The Tigers 2017 first round pick, starting pitcher Alex Faedo, has been promoted to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. He’s joined by outfielder Daz Cameron, acquired in the Justin Verlander trade with the Astros last August. Cameron also moves from Lakeland to Erie after a strong spring at Advanced-A ball.
Faedo has been dogged all spring by reports of diminished velocity, but it hasn’t hampered his performance in the Florida State League. The big right-hander has a 3.10 ERA in 61 innings of work for the Flying Tigers. His 51 strikeouts to 13 walks is the kind of ratio you expect from a former college ace with good control. Faedo is set to make his SeaWolves debut on Tuesday against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
As for Cameron, his power numbers haven’t been terribly impressive thus far this season, but that’s not atypical for the Florida State League. He has 15 extra-base hits, including three home runs, in 216 at-bats. Cameron has drawn a good number of walks this spring, but a strikeout rate around 30 percent isn’t ideal. Cameron was red-hot for much of May, though he’s cooled a bit in recent weeks.
Outfielder Kenny Wilson will head from Erie to Lakeland to make way for Cameron. No word yet on whether one of the SeaWolves’ current starters will be promoted from Erie to Toledo to make room for Faedo. The Tigers have multiple options. Faedo could join Beau Burrows, Kyle Funkhouser, Sandy Baez and Spencer Turnbull to form a strong rotation, but recently, Tigers general manager hinted at a possible promotion for Burrows. Still, any of the four would be viable options for the Toledo Mud Hens at this point.
Asked how soon we could see Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows get a bump up to Erie and Toledo, respectively, Al Avila said, “I’d say you should follow very closely.”— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 17, 2018