2013 TigsTown Awards: Pitcher of the Year

Head inside to see who claimed the Brian Bluhm Minor League Pitcher of the Year award for 2013!

Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year
LHP Kyle Lobstein

Erie 7-4 15 / 15 95.1 3.12 83 / 27 .262
Toledo 6-3 13 / 13 72.1 3.48 65 / 25 .267

After being a second round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and moving slowly through their system, Lobstein was popped in the Rule 5 draft by the Tigers last winter. He pitched well during spring training but didn't show enough to make the Major League roster and the Tigers decided to flip catcher Curt Casali to the Rays for the right to keep Lobstein in the system. With Double-A Erie, Lobstein posted a 3.12 ERA in 15 starts; allowing just 92 hits in 95 1/3 innings while striking out 83 batters. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound lefty continued to pitch well after a promotion to Triple-A, notching a 6-3 records (13-7 for the season) with a 3.48 ERA in 13 starts. He maintained a similar hit rate after his promotion and even upped his strikeout rate over eight per nine innings. "[Lobstein] can pitch," said a veteran AL scout. "None of his stuff blows you away but he mixes his pitches well and he has a chance to pitch at the back of a big league rotation, or at worst, be a versatile arm that can start or pitch in relief."

In 2007, TigsTown named its annual awards after a pair of outstanding Tigers fans. You can read more about Ryan and Brian here: TigsTown Awards Named

Past Award Winners

2012: OF Avisail Garcia, RHP Bruce Rondon

2011: 3B Nick Castellanos, LHP Drew Smyly

2010: 3B Wade Gaynor, RHP Jacob Turner

2009: 2B Scott Sizemore, LHP Casey Crosby

2008: 1B Ryan Strieby, RHP Rick Porcello

2007: 1B Jeff Larish, LHP Duane Below

2006: OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jair Jurrjens

2005: OF Brent Clevlen, RHP Justin Verlander

2004: OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Virgil Vasquez

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