Now Commenting On:

{"event":["prospect" ] }

Crosby optioned after showing glimpse of potential

Crosby optioned after showing glimpse of potential play video for Crosby optioned after showing glimpse of potential

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Left-handed pitcher Casey Crosby was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Friday, despite catching Jim Leyland's eye Thursday when Crosby struck out Landon Powell of the Mets with a 93-mph fastball.

"Hopefully, we won't need him, but we want to get him stretched out in case we do," Leyland said. "He got his feet wet last year. He's got an idea what it's like up here.

"Normally he backs off to 89 or so when he feels like maybe he's not going to throw it over the plate, but he ended up throwing that 93 over the plate and got a strikeout out of it," Leyland added, referring to the 24-year-old pitcher's effort Thursday. "That was good to see. He'll get to the point where he's able to pitch with that velocity more often. He's young yet."

Crosby had a 1.29 ERA in four appearances this spring.

The Tigers also assigned lefty Kenny Faulk to Minor League camp.

"He's got the equipment to be a Major League pitcher," Leyland said of Faulk. "It's up to him."

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["prospect" ] }
{"event":["prospect" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español