Richmond Times-Dispatch Jul 1, 2005
Justin Verlander will realize his dream a little quicker than he thought.
Less than a year into his first professional season, the former Goochland High and Old Dominion standout is scheduled to make his major-league debut for the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
The hard-throwing right-hander has been told he will start the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
It appears Verlander will be sent back to Double-A Erie (Pa.) after the start, but that remains to be seen.
"You never know what can happen," Verlander said. "They told me [yesterday] that they had a sixth spot [in the rotation] open and I was the guy. I'm pretty stoked about it."
In two appearances for the SeaWolves, Verlander is 1-0 and has not been scored on in 14 innings. He's allowed only five hits and three walks while striking out 18.
Verlander said he will pitch one inning tonight against Reading in Erie, his final tuneup for Monday.
"Obviously, there will be some nerves involved [at Cleveland]," said the 22-year-old. "But I've pitched in some nerve-wracking situations before."
Verlander, the second overall pick in last year's amateur draft, opened the season at Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) and went 9-2 with a 1.67 ERA in 13 starts. In 86 innings, he fanned 104 and walked only 19.
Earlier this week, Baseball America listed Verlander as its hottest prospect. He's considered the Tigers' No. 3 overall prospect and will pitch for the United States team in the Futures game July 10 in Detroit. - John Packett
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