Thursday, March 22, 2012

Better Know a Tiger: Doug Fister

As we slowly inch toward the MLB regular season, here at DNR we will take a closer look at some of the key players in the Tigers’ pursuit of championship in 2012. Moving along, we now come to last year’s most amazing surprise, starting pitcher, and bearer of the greatest last name in baseball, Doug Fister.

Full Name: Douglas Wildes Fister

Date of Birth: February 4, 1984 (28 years old)

From: Merced, California

Height: 6’8

Weight: 210 lbs

High School: Golden Valley (Merced, CA)

College: Fresno State University

Journey To Detroit: Selected by Seattle in the 7th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. Made MLB debut in 2009 with Mariners. Traded to Detroit on July 30, 2011 with David Pauley for Francisco Martinez, Casper Wells, Chance Ruffin, and Charlie Furbush.

Best Season: 2011: 11-13, 2.83 ERA, 146 K, 1.06 WHIP, 139 ERA+ (8-1, 1.79 ERA in Det)

Worst Season: 2010: 6-14, 4.11 ERA, 93 K, 1.28 WHIP, 96 ERA+

2012 Salary: Can't find it. I assume around $440K.

Career earnings through 2011: $843K


-Having run support

-David Pauley (RIP)

-Being the smartest person in the room

-Ground balls hit to Inge or Santiago


-The rest of Detroit’s infield defense


-Seattle’s hitters (or lack thereof)

-When people ask him to “Dougie”

-When people ask him to F...never mind.

Did You Know?

-Doug’s father, Larry, is a fire captain that played football at Fresno State in 1976 and 1977.

-Fister grew up a fan of both the A’s and the Giants. His favorite player, though, was Cal Ripken.

-His middle name (Wildes) is a family tradition which he shares with his father and grandfather.

-In his senior year of high school, Doug hit .456 with 1 homer and 16 RBI.

-Before being drafted and signed by Seattle in 2006, Fister was drafted two previous times. In 2004, San Francisco selected him in the 49th round, yet he decided to go to Fresno State. In 2005, the Yankees took him with a 6th round pick. Again, he stayed in school. The thought of Fister with the Yanks makes me want to drown a newborn kitten.

Outlook for 2012

Hopefully, he picks up right where he left off in 2011. And as smart and talented a guy as he is, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t. I make jokes about the Tiger infield D, but it’s not going to be as bad as the “doom and gloomers” are making it out to be. I think that would be impossible. But Fister has shown the ability to get the strikeout when necessary since joining Detroit and if he continues to do that, Verlander’s going to have a co-ace in the rotation.


momotigers said...

Fister was a man among boys in his time with Detroit last year.  It was almost like a grown man playing poker with his twin 8-year-olds.  Fister seems to out-think hitters and execute with more regularity than any pitcher I've seen since (and I hate throwing out superlatives) Greg Maddux.  The stuff seems a bit better than people give him credit for and he's improving his velocity.  I wouldn't be shocked if he won 20 games.   

H2OPoloPunk said...

With the offense this lineup has to offer him, I don't think 20 wins is out of the question.