Who is Kris Anglin, the prospect the Tigers landed for Robbie Grossman?

Detroit News

Minneapolis — What kind of pitcher did the Tigers get from the Braves in exchange for the last two months of Robbie Grossman’s contract in Detroit?

Might want to check back in a few years.

In left-hander Kris Anglin, they are getting essentially a raw slab of clay they hope can be molded and developed into a big-league asset. He’s a project, drafted by the Braves in the 16th round out of Howard College (JUCO) in Texas in 2021. He’s seven days away from his 21st birthday.

Like a lot of developing left-handers, he’s got some swing-and-miss stuff but lacks command. Playing at Low-A Augusta this season, making seven starts and five relief appearances, the 5-11, 175-pounder posted a 25% strikeout rate and a 13% walk rate.

He was promoted to Augusta after throwing 22 innings in rookie ball (2.86 ERA). It’s not been smooth sailing for him. In 30.1 innings, he’s been tagged for 28 hits, including six home runs. But he’s also recorded 36 strikeouts and he’s holding hitters to a .231 average.

The Tigers weren’t expecting a big haul for Grossman, who at age 32 was struggling through one of the worst offensive seasons of his career. Truth is, had they not been able to get at least a lower-level prospect in trade, they would likely have designated him for assignment after the trade deadline.

At this stage of the season, it’s paramount for the Tigers to give regular playing to younger outfielders like Akil Baddoo, Willi Castro and Riley Greene.

So, harsh as it sounds, getting something for Grossman was better than getting nothing.

chris.mccosky@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @cmccosky

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