Highly touted prospect Endrys Briceno recently returned to the mound for his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer. Rehabbing with the Tigers' Gulf Coast League affiliate, the 23-year-old right-handed has posted a 1.59 ERA and 0.88 WHIP while striking out 16 and walking just one over 11 1/3 innings, including five impressive innings last Saturday.
More importantly, the stuff backs up the impressive numbers. Briceno's fastball still features plus velocity, occasionally scraping as high as 95 mph. He is manipulating the movement, sinking it in the lower third of the zone, while achieving impressive late run up in the zone. His changeup remains his primarily off-speed weapon, featuring exceptional dive and fade at its best. Command naturally lags behind control at this stage of his rehab process; regardless, Briceno has looked impressive.
Briceno made his fourth and final rehab appearance with the GCL squad this weekend. The plan is to then activate him on the Lakeland Flying Tigers 25-man roster. Recently tabbed the Tigers 22nd best prospect, Briceno could be a shot in the arm to Detroit's rather weak farm system.