Tigers' Wentz undergoes Tommy John surgery
The Tigers' notable pitching depth took a big hit on Tuesday.No. 8 Detroit prospect Joey Wentz underwent Tommy John surgery and is expected to be out for the next 14-16 months, the Tigers announced. The procedure was performed Tuesday by Dr. David Altcheck in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Tigers' notable pitching depth took a big hit on Tuesday.
No. 8 Detroit prospect
Wentz was a non-roster invitee to Major League camp this spring but didn't appear in a Grapefruit League game after experiencing forearm issues. The Tigers said last week that he had resumed throwing and was expected to be ready for the then-Minor League Opening Day of April 9, either with Double-A Erie or Triple-A Toledo. That will obviously no longer be the case. (Minor League Opening Day has, in any case, been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.)
The Tigers acquired the 22-year-old left-hander from the Braves, along with outfielder
Because of those improvements, Wentz -- the 40th overall pick in the 2016 Draft -- was set to enter 2020 as the fourth-best pitching prospect in a loaded Tigers system. Only Top-100 prospects
The 6-foot-5 hurler earned above-average grades for a low-90s fastball that features plenty of movement while the best evaluations were given to his plus changeup. He also features an average curveball.
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