The Erie SeaWolves’ bullpen is full of veterans and a few holdovers from last year’s team. Manager Chris Cron hasn’t named a closer, meaning anyone on this list could be called on to close games. Here’s a look at the bullpen:
David Kopp, 6-3, 205, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Kopp is a familiar face for SeaWolves fans. He spent the 2012 season in Erie going 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA in 17 games, including one start. He had 24 strikeouts to 15 walks in 32 1/2 innings. Kopp as signed to a minor-league deal in May last season before reporting to extended spring training and ended up in Erie.
Matt Crouse, 6-4, 185, Bats: Left, Throws: Left – Crouse was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Mississippi. He was effective in Lakeland last season, going 8-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 38 games, including two spot starts. Crouse could be on the rise in the bullpen this season.
Tyler Clark, 6-2, 185, Bats: Switch, Throws: Right – Clark dominated in Lakeland last season, going 6-1 with a 0.63 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. He had a late call-up to Erie and allowed six runs in seven appearances. Clark was named the Lakeland Pitcher of the Year last season and is primed for a big season in Erie.
Michael Morrison, 6-1, 210, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Morrison silenced bats last season, finishing fifth in the Eastern League in opponents batting average at .205. Morrison went 4-3 with a 3.14 ERA last year in 40 appearances with Erie. Morrison had four saves and struck out 72 batters to 40 walks in 63 innings.
Will Startup, 6-0, 195, Bats: Left, Throws: Left – Startup signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers in January and will start the season in Erie. Between three levels of the minors last season, Startup went 5-0 with a 3.24 ERA. He recorded one save and struck out 17 batters in 58 1/3 innings. He was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 2005 draft and later signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010.
Robbie Weinhardt, 6-2, 205, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Weinhardt spent 2012 in Erie and has been at every level of Detroit’s minor league organization since being drafted in the 10th round in 2008. He went 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA last year, including seven saves. He struck out 56 and walked only 26 in 66 innings of work. Weinhardt could get the nod to close right away for the SeaWolves.
Justin Souza, 6-1, 185, Bats: Right, Throws: Right – Souza was signed by the Detroit Tigers in the middle of spring training. He spent the past two seasons in Triple-A Sacramento in the Oakland organization. He went 3-1 with a 6.87 ERA in 36 appearances last year before testing free agency. He was originally drafted by Seattle before going to Oakland in the Jack Hannahan deal.
Tyler Stohr, 6-2, 210, Bats: Left, Throws: Right – Stohr is making his way up through the minors since being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. He was called up to Erie during the 2011 season and spent all of 2012 with the SeaWolves. He went 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA and recorded one save.