LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers made their first major round of cuts Friday night and Saturday morning, sending 10 players to Minor League camp. The list includes top pitching prospects Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver and hitting prospects Brennan Boesch, Ryan Strieby and Casper Wells.
Boesch, Strieby and Wells were optioned to Triple-A Toledo, as was right-hander Alfredo Figaro. Turner was optioned to Class A West Michigan. Oliver was sent to Minor League camp, as were catcher Mike Rabelo, corner infielder Kory Casto and shortstop Gustavo Nunez. Audy Ciriaco was optioned to Double-A Erie.
None of the players ended up in battles for the Opening Day roster in Detroit. Though Wells was initially part of the outfield mix, his chances of making the team dropped dramatically once Detroit signed Johnny Damon. Wells, Boesch and Strieby will all be getting their first Triple-A at-bats this season after being key parts of the success at Erie last year.
Turner, Detroit's first-round Draft pick last summer, will apparently begin his pro career with the Whitecaps at the low Class A level. He had an impressive first Spring Training that included five scoreless innings over two outings, plus a "B" game start.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com.
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