LAKELAND, Fla. -- Left-hander Drew Smyly has won the open spot in the Tigers rotation.
He met with Tigers officials this morning, including manager Jim Leyland. Smyly said they told him he had made the starting rotation.
Smyly, 22, beat out five other candidates who all have more pro experience than he does. But Smyly, who has pitched one year of pro ball, pitched the best of any of them this spring.
Smyly said he was told by Tigers officials that he will make one start in the minors before his big-league debut. Manager Jim Leyland said that Smyly's first big-league start will come on Thursday, April 12, against visiting Tampa Bay.