Villarreal taking lessons from Tigers camp

Villarreal taking lessons from Tigers camp

LAKELAND, Fla. -- If Tigers pitching prospects needed any inspiration for trying to battle for a roster spot, they can look to Brayan Villarreal, who broke out from the back of the pack last spring to claim the last spot in Detroit's bullpen.

His big league stint didn't last to Memorial Day, but he saw a few more days in the Majors around the Fourth of July before going to Triple-A Toledo for good.

He's back in camp, but with so few spots open on the pitching staff, he's in a much different situation. This has very much the feel of a learning camp for him.

"He's a very top-notch talent," manager Jim Leyland said. "He just has to learn the art of pitching a little bit more and refine his skills a little bit. But he's a tremendous talent."