In a surprising move, the Tigers sent LHP Daniel Norris in exchange for RHP Reese Olson.
Let’s get to know the newest arm joining the Tigers pitching-heavy farm system.
The 22-year-old former 13th rounder was drafted out of North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia. In three seasons of minor league baseball, he has spent the last two in the Brewer’s High-A Affiliate.
Through 69.0 innings this season, Olson posts a 5-4 record with a 4.30 ERA and 79 strikeouts. He has limited opponents to a .228 batting average against with an impressive 10.9 SO/9.
Olson features a four-pitch mix including a mid-90’s fastball with arm side run, a changeup that fades away from left-handed hitters which pairs well with his fastball, a sharp curveball with 1-7 break, and a slider.
Olson’s fastball will sit around 94, but he can find more velocity when needed.
Scouts believe Olson has enough swing and miss stuff in his arsenal to remain as a starter. However, his 6’1 frame and violent mechanics lead some to believe he places unnecessary stress on his throwing shoulder at times.
Olson immediately enters the Tigers farm system as the 13th best prospect and 4th best pitchin prospect.
If he can improve his control, Olson will project as a quality MLB starter, or at the very least, a wicked bullpen piece at the backend.
Fastball – 55
Slider – 55
Changeup – 55
Control – 45
Overall – 45