Faedo tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out four for Double-A Erie in its 2-0 win over Richmond on Monday.
While it took Faedo four starts to pick up his first Double-A win, he has been generally solid since making the move to the Eastern League. Over 21.1 innings, Faedo has posted a 3.80 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, though a weak 16:10 K:BB and .187 BABIP hints that some regression could be coming. One of three pitchers selected by the Tigers in the first round the past three years, Faedo's lack of overpowering, swing-and-miss stuff might keep his ceiling lower than 2018 pick Casey Mize or 2016 pick Matt Manning, but the 22-year-old projects as a dependable mid-rotation arm.
Faedo was promoted to Double-A Erie on Monday.
The 18th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft, Faedo posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 51 strikeouts across 12 starts (61 innings) at High-A Lakeland this season to earn the promotion. The 22-year-old was considered a fairly polished prospect after spending three years at the University of Florida, so it's not too surprising to see the organization move him up quickly in his first season of professional baseball. At this rate, Faedo stands a decent chance of making his MLB debut sometime next year. He lines up to make his Double-A debut on Tuesday, according to John Lydic of Erie News Now.
Faedo allowed eight earned runs in two innings in a losing effort Friday for High-A Lakeland, which bumped his season 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 across his first 34.2 innings with 27 strikeouts. 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 skill to move fairly quickly through the organizational ranks.
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