Tigers lose lefty Joe Mantiply to Yankees

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Joe Mantiply

It wasn't more than a couple years ago that the Detroit Tigers viewed Joe Mantiply as a potential long-term staple in their bullpen.

On Tuesday, they said goodbye to the left-hander.

Mantiply was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees, ending his four-year tenure in the Tigers' system.

Mantiply was 14-8 with a 2.44 ERA in 154 games, most in relief, in four minor-league seasons, from rookie ball to Triple-A Toledo. He struck out nearly a batter per inning during that time.

He finally got the call-up to the Tigers in 2016. In limited duty -- five games, 2.2 innings -- he allowed five earned runs on seven hits and two walks, for an ERA of 16.88. He struck out two.

"Been a pretty crazy couple of hours," Mantiply said Tuesday afternoon.

"Yeah, a little bit," he said, when asked if he was surprised the Tigers exposed him to waivers. "But that's how things go in the baseball world."

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Mantiply, 25, was a 27th-round pick by the Tigers out of Virginia Tech in 2013.

He quickly shot up the system, making Double-A Erie his first full pro season. It was in 2015, a year split between Erie and Toledo, that he started to open eyes in the front office.

Mantiply is the second Tigers reliever lost this week. Earlier, they took right-hander Dustin Molleken off the 40-man roster, and he chose to become a free agent.

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