Grand Cards: The Alfredo Sounds Good

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Alfredo Sounds Good

2009 Topps #CHR25 Alfredo Figaro RC

With yesterday's rainout and Dontrelle Willis' on-again, off-again illness, it seems like the Tigers wanted an extra arm that they could deploy as necessary. Bless You Boys tipped us to this last night, and then pointed us to the Tigers' twitter feed this morning, which gives us the 140 characters of detail. To wit: Alfredo Figaro IN, Ryan Raburn Optioned OUT.

So there it is.
2009 DAV #154 Ryan Raburn

Raburn, shown here in one of his few (only?) 2009 cards, was batting a sweet .213, but with five doubles and a triple making up six of his 10 hits. He produced well for the Tigers last year, but with the Brandon Boesch show stealing our hearts since Carlos Guillen's injury, Raburn, and his current struggles, were expendable.

As for Figaro?

In 5 games with the club last year (of which he started 3), he was 2-2 with a 6.35 ERA, a .324 BAA, a 1.94 WHIP, 16 strikeouts and 10 walks over his 17 innings. Yikes. On the plus side, the 25 year old has been solid in AAA this season. He's 4-1 in his six starts, sports a 2.55 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, and in his 35.1 innings has struck out 27 and only walked 10. Mmmmm. Seasoning.

It remains to be seen how Figaro will be deployed--he had been starting in AAA, but I don't see much room in the Tigers rotation at the moment--so it is possible that he is a bit of doubleheader insurance and will stay on the roster as a long reliever/spot starter until Carlos Guillen returns from the DL.

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