Meet the Newest Tiger: Reese Olson

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.

Scouting Grades

Fastball – 55

Slider – 55

Changeup – 55

Control – 45

Overall – 45

BREAKING: Tigers Trade Daniel Norris To Brewers

After much anticipation, fueled by a mid-season explosion, the Tigers have decided to participate in the trade deadline.

Al Avila sends reliever Daniel Norris to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Reese Olson (great name).

Olson is a former 13th round draft pick out of North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia.

The 6’1 righty has been a starter in the Brewers farm system for his minor league career, and currently posts a 5-4 record with a 4.30 ERA in 69.00 (nice) innings pitched.

Olson features a mid 90’s fastball with good arm-side run at times.  He pairs this with a sharp curveball with 1-7 break, a slider, and a changeup that works well off of his fastball.

This also marks the end of the Daniel Norris era in Detroit.  Norris came to the Tigers in the deal that sent David Price to the Blue Jays.  At one point, Norris was ranked as the third-best LHP prospect in the MLB, the number one prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system, and the number 17 overall prospect in baseball.

However, a slew of injuries and a terrifying cancer scare plagued Norris for almost the entirety of his Tigers tenure.

If teams are calling about Norris, they are certainly calling about others.  Manager AJ Hinch has previously stated that the asking price will be very steep if they wish to obtain key contributors.  

It’s unclear if the Tigers will continue to make any further moves