Detroit Tigers promote prospect Reese Olson, will start Friday vs. White Sox for MLB debut

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Tigers, desperate for starting pitching, turned to prospect Reese Olson in Triple-A Toledo to fill a void in the rotation.

Olson, a right-hander, has been promoted to the Tigers to replace injured ace Eduardo Rodriguez, who is on the injured list with a ruptured pulley of his left index finger. The 23-year-old is scheduled to start Friday against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

It will be his MLB debut.

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Olson is the Tigers’ No. 11 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He has a 6.38 ERA with 22 walks and 47 strikeouts across 36⅔ innings in 10 starts for Triple-A Toledo in the 2023 season.

In his past three starts, Olson owns a 1.26 ERA with six walks and 22 strikeouts across 14⅓ innings. He has been using his changeup — considered the best pitch in his arsenal — against both right-handed and left-handed hitters.

Recently, Olson appears to have improved his deception and tunneling with all of his pitches, as well as his pitch selection. He throws five pitches: four-seam fastball, sinker, changeup, slider and curveball.

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The Tigers, under former general manager Al Avila, acquired Olson from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-hander Daniel Norris at the 2021 trade deadline.

In the 2022 season, Olson set the Double-A Erie record with 168 strikeouts, but opponents tagged fastballs inside the strike zone for damage, which led to an underwhelming 4.14 ERA across 119⅔ innings.

This story will be updated.

Contact Evan Petzold at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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