Attracted VerHagen To Sign With Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters


Tigers right-hander Drew VerHagen will sign a one-year manage the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports (Twitter joins). Detroit has officially mentioned discharge waivers on VerHagen so as to encourage the move, per a club declaration. The move drops the Tigers’ 40- man list to an aggregate of 39 players.

“It seems like they are going to give me an extraordinary chance to start,” VerHagen tells McCosky (Twitter link). “I just felt like this is something cool and unique and it will huge monetarily, too. I’m energized.”

VerHagen, 29, has spent his whole profession in the Tigers’ association. Initially drafted in the fourth round back in 2012, the 6’6″ righty has made a bunch of starts with the Tigers since appearing in 2014 yet has worked fundamentally out of the warm up area. VerHagen’s 5.11 ERA in 199 Major League innings doesn’t actually stick out, yet he’s indented a generous 53.9 percent ground-ball rate at the game’s top level. Measurements like FIP (4.76), xFIP (4.50) and SIERA (4.29) all vibe he’s been a reasonable sight superior to his pattern ERA, which is maybe obvious given that he’s played before some dreary resistances as the Tigers have worked through their present reconstructing stage.

VerHagen’s time at the Triple-A level has gone much better. He’s showed up in parts of six seasons there, accumulating a 3.97 earned run normal with 7.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 321 2/3 innings. He wouldn’t be simply the principal pitcher to reexamine in Japan before coming back to MLB in his initial or mid 30s, so his outcomes in NPB will at any rate merit watching out for next season.

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