Tigers in the Pros: Stites Makes MLB Debut, Gibson Dealing



June 23, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Since last checking in, the abundance of former Mizzou pitchers in the Major Leagues grew by one as the Arizona Diamondbacks called up one of their top prospects - Matt Stites - who pitched for Mizzou during the 2011 season. Stites has since dealt three scoreless appearances. But as impressive as a big league debut was last week, the most impressive performance as of late has come from Twins righty Kyle Gibson, who has a streak of 22 shutout innings, the third-longest streak in franchise history. Below is a look at what the former Tigers have been up to in the majors.

Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers - Seventh Season - Starting Pitcher
Since last checking in with Max Scherzer, the Cy Young hopeful has gone 3-1 in four starts. On June 7 against Boston, Scherzer earned the win throwing 6.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. He threw a complete-game three hitter, earning another victory against the Chicago White Sox on June 12. Over 9.0 innings, he struck out eight batters and gave up three walks. On June 22, the Tiger ace earned his third win in June, pitching six innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and two walks, striking out eight Cleveland Indians. The St. Louis native is now 9-3 on the year with a 3.71 ERA. He is ranked third in the American League in wins and strikeouts (119).



Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers - Ninth Season - Second Base
In Ian Kinsler's last 10 games, he has hit .375 with two home runs, seven RBIs, 15 hits, and seven runs. His best game was against the Minnesota Twins on June 14, when he went 3-for-5 with three RBI, a run, and a stolen base. The Mizzou alum is now hitting .294 on the season with eight home runs, 35 RBIs, 50 runs, eight stolen bases and a .462 slugging percentage. The 50 runs he has produced is good enough to be ranked fifth in the American League and ninth in the MLB.

Kyle Gibson - Minnesota Twins - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
In Kyle Gibson's last three starts, he has pitched 21 scoreless innings, going seven innings in each start. He picked up the wins on June 7 against the Houston Astros and June 13 at the Detroit Tigers. His best outing came on June 18 in a no-decision start at the Boston Red Sox where the former Tiger struck out eight batters (a career-high) and gave up only one hit. Gibson retired the first 14 batters of the game in the start. The Twins' starter is now 6-5 this season with a 3.25 ERA, more than a full run lower than it was on June 5 at 4.35. His scoreless innings streak is currently 22 innings, the third longest streak in Twins history behind only Johan Santana (33 in 2004, his Cy Young season) and Francisco Liriano (23 in 2010).

Aaron Crow - Kansas City Royals - Fourth Season - Relief Pitcher
Since last checking in with Aaron Crow, he has pitched in eight games, surrendering runs in just one appearance. The one game he did give up two runs, he earned the save in the game. The Royals continue to turn to Crow late in ball games, and he continuously gives them scoreless innings, helping the Royals in their recent 10-game winning streak. Crow is now 3-1 on the season with a 2.70 ERA over 33.1 innings pitched in 36 appearances. The former Tiger has given up an earned run in just four of his 36 appearances.

Nick Tepesch - Texas Rangers - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Nick Tepesch has made three starts in June, earning the loss in two of the starts and a no-decision on June 13 at the Seattle Mariners. During that start, Tepesch pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He is now 2-3 on the season in seven starts with a 4.38 ERA over 37 innings pitched.

Matt Stites - Arizona Diamondbacks - First Season - Relief Pitcher
After pitching lights-out in AA and AAA this season, Matt Stites was called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 19. He pitched in his first game as a big leaguer, tossing a scoreless 0.2 innings, giving up a hit against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has pitched in two other games, pitching a scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants on June 21, and a recorded an out the next day, June 22, also against the Giants. Stites recorded 15 saves in the minors this season before being called up, earning a 2.89 ERA.

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