Warwick Saupold

Position: RHP
Born: 1/16/1990
Height: 6'1
Weight: 195
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent on January 23, 2012 (DET).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA in eight games, four of them starts, at Toledo (Triple-A), including one complete game, striking out 14 while walking eight and allowing 19 hits in 30.1 IP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Toledo on May 13 when LHP Daniel Norris was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 5/14/2016

Debut Details
May 14, in a 9-3 loss to the Orioles. The last of four pitchers, he shut down a five-run eighth-inning rally by Baltimore, throwing two-thirds of an inning and allowing one hit. The third pitcher on for the Tigers in that inning, he inherited a bases-empty, one-out situation (thanks to a grand slam by Jonathan Schoop). After getting the first batter he faced, Hyun Soo Kim, to ground out, Saupold gave up his lone hit, a single to left by Joey Rickard, but then got the dangerous Manny Machado to ground out to end the threat.

Player Notes
Okay, we admit it. We thought this was a typo. Apologies to the Aussie who brings the Heat — literally — from Down Under, having pitched for his hometown Perth Heat in the Australian Winter League every year since 2011. He’ll represent Australia in the upcoming 2017 World Baseball Classic as well. But no, the heat doesn’t translate in his repertoire and he’s the first to admit that. “I don’t have a 100-mph fastball,” he told reporter Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, “just try to keep guys off balance.” With a 3.29 ERA in six winter-ball seasons with Perth, he’s been doing that, but his numbers at Toledo to open the 2016 campaign were by far the best he’s put up stateside. In 2015, between Toledo and Erie (Double-A), he combined to go 6-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 29 games, 18 of them starts.