Tigers grab two minor-league RHPs in Rule 5 draft

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Santiago Garrido

Nashville, Tenn. -- The Tigers added, at the minimum, some minor-league depth Thursday when they chose a pair of pitchers in the Triple-A and Double-A portions of the Rule 5 draft, which annually closes out the year's Winter Meetings.

In the Triple-A phase, the Tigers plucked from the Angels a right-handed, sidearm specialist, Kurt Spomer, 26, who in 47 games split between Double-A and Triple-A had a 2.92 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He allowed 67 hits in 64.1 innings, striking out 36 and walking 23.

Spomer played college ball at Creighton but was not drafted.

In the Double-A segment, the Tigers another right-hander, Santiago Garrido, 26, who last season worked at Montgomery. He had a 3.41 ERA and 1.50 WHIP while allowing 58 hits in 58 innings.

Garrido, a Dominican Republic native, struck out 48 batters, walked 29, and had an opposing batting average of .266. He was originally signed by the Royals and spent time in the Rays system before joining the Orioles.

The Tigers neither chose a player, nor lost a player, during the big-league Rule 5 sweepstakes. Players who have served a full tenure in the minor leagues and have not yet been added to a team's 40-man roster can be purchased by another club but must remain on the big-league club's 25-man manifest for the entire ensuing season, or they are subject to being returned to their earlier club.

Players grabbed in the Triple-A and Double-A phases are simply assigned, with their contracts, to the organizations that drafted them. As was the case in the big-league rendition, the Tigers did not lose a player in the minor-league Rule 5 selection.