Detroit Tigers Rumors: First-round pick Corey Knebel for final bullpen spot?

Detroit Tigers rumors are flying as the 2014 Major League Baseball season approaches, and it is now looking like the Tigers are focusing on their 2013 first-round pick as a possible option to fill out their bullpen.

When asked at a luncheon on Wednesday about the final open spots in the Detroit Tigers bullpen, Tigers' general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke up about how impressed he is with young righthander Corey Knebel , stating that Knebel is "a guy we like a lot."

Dombrowski lauded Knebel's "plus arm" and "plus breaking ball," officially backing Knebel as a possible solution to a bullpen situation that looks to be up in the air at this point.

When questioned if he worried about rushing the 22-year-old to the Major Leagues, the Detroit Tigers general manager added, “we do think he’s a guy that can move quickly and doesn’t need a lot of time in the minor leagues.”

Corey Knebel pitched just 31 innings for West Michigan, the Detroit Tigers Single-A affiliate, last season. However, he struck out 41 batters and posted a minute 0.87 ERA in those innings, perhaps giving Dombrowski all he needs to put his faith in Knebel for the 2014 MLB season.

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