The Tigers optioned Baez to Double-A Erie on Tuesday.

With only two games of experience above the High-A level, Baez wasn't a realistic candidate to win an Opening Day rotation spot in Detroit. The 24-year-old right-hander is viewed as one of the better pitching prospects in the organization and could emerge as a starting option for the big club in 2019 with a strong showing over a full season at Erie.

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