The Tigers announced over the weekend that right-hander Dario Agrazal cleared waivers following after being designated for assignment late last week. He’ll remain in the organization after being outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.
Agrazal, 24, logged 73 1/3 innings with the Pirates in 2019 but struggled to a 4.91 ERA with 5.0 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 1.84 HR/9 and a 39.9 percent grounder rate. Agrazal doesn’t miss many bats, even in the minors, but he’s averaged well under two walks per nine innings pitched in parts of seven minors league seasons and typically registers a ground-ball rate north of 50 percent. He’s only totaled 64 innings in Triple-A, but he owns a career 3.62 ERA with 5.8 K/9 against 1.3 BB/9 in 608 2/3 total minor league frames.
He’ll need to earn his way back onto the 40-man roster, but a solid showing in Toledo could get Agrazal a look in what’s currently a thin Detroit rotation. The Tigers have a number of notable pitching prospects on the way — Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Beau Burrows and Tarik Skubal among them — but Agrazal will give them some more depth on which to draw should they wish to proceed cautiously with their most highly regarded farmhands.