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Tigers will call up LHP Tyler Alexander to start Wednesday

Alexander will be the Tigers’ 26th man for a doubleheader against the White Sox.

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The Detroit Tigers will call up lefthander Tyler Alexander to start one of their two games against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, according to a report from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Alexander, the Tigers’ second round pick in 2015, will be making his major league debut.

Alexander, 24, has a 6.23 ERA in 73 23 innings for Triple-A Toledo this year. However, he has increased his strikeout rate by over 10 percentage points, and is now fanning 25.8 percent of the batters he has faced. He has paired that with his typically excellent control for a 4.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

If you’re still frightened by that ERA, Alexander’s results have been much better of late. He has a 3.67 ERA with 40 strikeouts in his last six starts, and has outperformed other prospects, namely Kyle Funkhouser and Beau Burrows.

Unlike those two, Alexander won’t blow hitters away with his raw stuff. His fastball sits in the low 90s at best, but he pairs that with a decent slider, an above-average changeup, and advanced command. He only walked 22 batters in 140 innings at two minor league levels last season — approximately 1.4 walks per nine innings — and has issued just 18 walks so far this year. Pounding the zone doesn’t always work, though; Alexander has already surrendered 17 home runs in 73 23 innings in 2019.

The Tigers will need to make a move on their 40-man roster before Alexander is called up. We won’t speculate on who will be designated for assignment, because we will almost certainly be wrong. The roster is linked above if you would like to speculate in the comments, though.

Yes, Alexander will still start after the rainout

The Tigers’ scheduled game against the White Sox on Tuesday was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on September 27 as part of a straight doubleheader starting at 4:40 p.m. ET. Matthew Boyd, Detroit’s scheduled starter for Tuesday, will be pushed back to Thursday, making him available for his rightful All-Star appearance next week.