Detroit Tigers Place Former Top Prospect Pitcher On Waivers

The Detroit Tigers have designated pitcher Edwin Uceta for assignment, despite his impressive performance in the Grapefruit League this spring.

The 25-year-old right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization back in January, but his results in the big leagues have been poor with a 6.27 ERA and a high 11.5% walk rate across 37.1 innings pitched.

Uceta has made 24 appearances in the last two seasons for the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers. His performance in 2020 was relatively better, with a 2.79 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched for the Dodgers.

In the Grapefruit League, Uceta allowed only five runs (four earned) on eight hits and recorded an impressive 11/4 K/BB ratio across seven innings and six appearances.

Despite his solid performance in the spring, the Tigers have decided to designate him for assignment and he has lost his spot on the team's 40-man roster.

It's likely that there will be a lot of interest in him on waivers due to his potential and past success in the minor leagues.

Uceta's minor league numbers are certainly more impressive than his major league statistics, with a 3.92 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 472 strikeouts over 410.2 innings.

He's made 75 starts, 40 relief appearances and holds a 28-16 record. Uceta still has a minor league option remaining, which could add to his appeal.

The Tigers now have a week to trade him or attempt to pass him through outright waivers. Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports