Promoted from Class A West Michigan earlier in the week, Tigers pitching prospect Kyle Funkhouser proved in his first start for Class A Advanced Lakeland that he belongs with the Flying Tigers.
Funkhouser, the Tigers' No. 6 prospect, scattered three hits and allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings in his Lakeland debut. The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 in the 3-2 extra-innings win against Clearwater at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.
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The 23-year-old righty allowed a solo home run to Clearwater second baseman Drew Stankiewicz in the third and departed in the eighth with a runner on second who eventually came in to score. That was the extent of the damage done to him on the day.
Funkhouser was the Tigers' fourth-round selection in 2016 and went 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven starts with 49 strikeouts in 31 1/3 frames for West Michigan this season before the promotion. He lowered his season ERA to 2.35 with the stellar outing Sunday afternoon.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.