Faedo allowed eight earned runs in two innings in a losing effort Friday for High-A Lakeland, bumping his ERA up to 4.17. It had been smooth sailing for Faedo before Friday, as he came into the game with a 2.34 ERA with 27 strikeouts across his first 34.2 innings. The 22-year-old is getting his first taste of professional baseball this year, so some hiccups are to be expected, but he remains arguably Detroit's top pitching prospect.
Faedo is 0-2 through his first three starts with High-A Lakeland despite having a 3.31 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. Faedo is getting his first taste of professional action after being selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft, and the results have been promising in the early going. The 22-year-old is fairly polished after spending three years with the University of Florida, so he could move through the Detroit system quickly if he continues to pitch well.
Faedo will start his season with High-A Lakeland, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports. Faedo was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft, and the Tigers promptly shut him down due to his workload with the University of Florida during the College World Series before the draft. He'll start his professional career at the High-A level, but the 22-year-old already has a plus fastball and slider, and he has the polish and skills to move fairly quickly through the organizational ranks.
Faedo has been invited to the Tigers' major-league camp this spring. The Tigers selected Faedo with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft. The 22-year-old still hasn't thrown a professional pitch as the team shut him down due to his workload with the University of Florida during the College World Series prior to being drafted. The 6-foot-5 right-hander already sports two plus pitches -- an impressive slider to go with a low-to-mid 90s fastball -- and is working on developing his changeup as a third offering, which could help him become a No. 2 starter at his peak. The Tigers will likely allow him to work with their new pitching coach, Chris Bosio, and see how he fares against major-league competition in the spring before determining where he'll report to at the start of 2018 (likely Low-A West Michigan or High-A Lakeland).
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