Tigers in EST: Kevan Hess

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The selection of Kevan Hess in the 14th round of the 2009 MLB draft may have caught Tigers fans by surprise considering the Kalamazoo, Mich. native  posted an ugly 8.14 ERA in 24.1 innings at Western Michigan University.  Hess had primarily been a catcher for the Broncos before moving to the mound as a junior.  Despite his lack of experience, the Tigers decided Hess’ raw arm strength and low 90s fastball were worth taking a chance on.

After signing, Hess joined the Oneonta Tigers and quickly became a weapon out of the bullpen.  He recorded 35 strikeouts in 44.0 innings for the O-Tigers, missing an impressive number of bats for a guy who just started pitching earlier that year.  His 4.30 ERA was deceptively high thanks to an unlucky .360 batting average on balls in play.  Hess’ 2.97 FIP gives a better indication of his ability.

Hess is currently in extended spring training and will probably to be assigned to Connecticut in June.  With more experience, he has a chance to develop into one of the better relievers in the Tigers’ farm system.

Hess’ older brother Andrew spent over two years in the Tigers organization before being released in March 2010.

Name: Kevan Hess

DOB: March 30, 1988

Drafted: 14th round, 2009

School: Western Michigan University

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