Chance Ruffin, the 48th overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, will be the second player from last year’s class to make his major league debut after the Tigers call him up Monday.
Detroit announced the move after Sunday’s game. Lester Oliveros will be sent down to make room for Ruffin in the pen.
Ruffin, a University of Texas product, was just promoted to Triple-A Toledo at the end of last month. He had a 2.00 ERA and seven saves in eight appearances there, and he was 3-3 with 17 saves, a 2.09 ERA and a 55/20 K/BB ratio in 43 innings for the season.
Chance is following the same path to the majors as his father, Bruce Ruffin, who was taken in the second round out of the University of Texas in 1985 and reached the majors just a year later. Bruce went on to amass a 4.19 ERA and 63 saves in 12 big-league seasons.
Chance Ruffin joins the White Sox’s Chris Sale as the only 2010 draft products currently in the majors.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.