“Baseball Is Weird, Sometimes Things Just Go That Way” | Black Jack Flaherty Moves to Motown

“Baseball Is Weird, Sometimes Things Just Go That Way” | Black Jack Flaherty Moves to Motown

Melananted Mound Marauder Jack Flaherty just inked a one-year, $14M contract with the Detroit Tigers. Flaherty is a savvy veteran that was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round with the 34th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft.

Flaherty is a capable starter, who has had flashes of brilliance throughout an injury-ridden career. Injuries and inconsistency, more than anything, has stopped his rise.

Early Years 

Flaherty started the 2017 season with the Springfield Cardinals, the Double A team of the St Louis Cardinals. In the same year, Flaherty was promoted to the Memphis Redbirds, with a 7-2 record with a 2.74 ERA in 15 starts. The gritty hurler earned 2017 Minor League Player of the Year.  

Flaherty finally made his debut in the MLB on September 1, 2017, against the San Francisco Giants. 

Jack Flaherty Becomes A Rising MLB Star  

He won his first game in 2018 and had his best pro season in 2019, earning All-MLB Second Team honors and breaking through as a potential Black Ace of the future. 

 

 

Flaherty did so well that season as a Cardinal that he was nominated for his first ever Golden Glove and finished fourth in voting for the National League Cy Young Award. 

 

Coming off an elite 2019 campaign, the future was bright for “Black Jack,” who was hoping to continue the moment going into 2020, but the COVID shortened season threw off his plans. He only started in nine games with a record of 4-3 with 49 strikeouts.

Injury & Adversity

Then the 2021 and 2022 season combined he made just 26 appearances with 20 starts. In 2021, Flaherty was on his way to a potential 20-win season, before getting hurt and finishing with a sterling 9-2 record.  

 

 

Flaherty faced more adversity this past season after signing a one-year deal with the St Louis Cardinals for $5.4 million. Flaherty never got in his zone and was moved during the trade deadline to the surging Baltimore Orioles for César Prieto, Drew Rom, and Zack Showalter.

There were some ups and downs in 2023 for Flaherty.

He had elite moments like winning his Orioles debut with a 6–1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. But on the other hand, there were some bad moments like allowing 7 home runs in 7 games.

Black Jack Flaherty Is Second Player In Baltimore Orioles History To Retire At Least 15 Consecutive Batters In His Debut

 

“Baseball is weird, sometimes things just go that way. No matter what you do.” Flaherty to MLBbro.com

 

Despite the up and down season, an optimistic Detroit Tigers franchise is hoping Flaherty can turn the clock back to his All-MLB form. The Tigers finished second place in the AL Central last season. This is an opportunity for Flaherty to get his career back on track and help Detroit make a long-awaited postseason run. 

 

 

Akil Baddoo hit a 10th-inning, go-ahead, ground-rule double which proved to be the game-winner in the Tigers’, 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Detroit Tigers Lose Nothing By Letting Uber-Talented Akil Baddoo Roam Free | Let The MLBbro Find His Perfect Game

Detroit Tigers Lose Nothing By Letting Uber-Talented Akil Baddoo Roam Free | Let The MLBbro Find His Perfect Game

The Detroit Tigers have not had a winning record since the 2016 MLB season. In addition to that, the club has not made the postseason since the 2014 season.

There hasn’t been much for Tiger fans to cheer for in general the past decade. With such mediocre performances one can not help wonder why the team has stalled the development of a young and promising player MLBbro Akil Baddoo.

 

Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo Is Gunning For AL Rookie of The Year

 

Baddoo played in 124 and 73 games in the 2021 and 2022 seasons respectively. While his strikeout numbers have been higher than the organization would like, he’s exhibited promising defense and shows obvious improvements the more he plays at the Major League level.

After a dominant Spring Training in 2022, the MLBbro outfielder seemed poised for a breakout of sorts, especially after a successful rookie season in which he batted .259 with 13 Home Runs and 55 RBI. 

 

Akil “The Thrill” Gets Demoted To Triple-A | “Baddoo Mania” Is On Timeout

 

But, while he did struggle mightily during his Major League tenure last season, the Tigers were in no position to contend. Thus, sending him down to Triple-A did nothing but halt his development.

Baddoo has batted over .300 in his last two Minor League stints, proving that he is Major League ready but needs more time to adjust. The Tigers are no threat to compete in the American League Central, and should be focused on developing young stars such as the MLBbro Baddoo.

 

Take That! | Akil “The Real Deal” Baddoo Is Back In The Bigs And Hopefully Detroit Lets Him Cook

 

Baddoo has all the tools to be a quality outfielder, and a threat at the plate. This was on display Wednesday when the MLBbro tallied two doubles against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 6-2 loss.

 

While his early 2023 batting average is in the low .200s, the Tigers should give him time to get fully acclimated to Major League pitching, and evaluate him thoroughly. Let’s hope that he not only gets a fair chance this year, but he continues to develop and emerge as another solid MLBbro.