When the Boston Red Sox signed the franchise’s newest star pitcher, David Price, in September 2015, it was the first major league team to do so for a pitcher with the potential to go all the way into the Hall of Fame.
The Red Sox had never previously signed a pitcher of that caliber, and while they were in the midst of the worst season in team history, the team had no immediate need for a major-league-caliber starter.
Price was just 26, with a 3.69 ERA and 2.08 FIP in 15 starts for the Chicago White Sox.
Price’s high-profile signing with the Red Sox also marked the first time the Red Wings had signed a player with an asterisk.
While the team was in free agency to fill its major-leaguer hole, the Wings signed Ryan Spangenberg to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a $1.6 million signing bonus, per The Detroit News.
The move earned the Wings a pair of first-round draft picks and a spot in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Spangenburg, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State, was one of three Detroit pitchers to earn a save and a save at the World Baseball Classic.
His debut came in the 2014 World Series, but his best season came in 2016, when he pitched to a 2.69 FIP, 1.93 xFIP and 3.08 ERA.
SpANGENBERG’S PERFORMANCE In the post-season, Spangendorf was named the American League Rookie of the Year.
He made his Major League debut on September 16, 2016, throwing a scoreless inning against the New York Yankees.
Spangeberg’s season was a success for the Wings, winning the American Association pennant, the American Championship Series, and the World Series.
The Detroit Red Wings also earned the right to represent their country at the 2019 FIFA World Cup.
During Spangenhagen’s season, the Red Stars finished with the fourth-best record in the American Hockey League, and Spangernes playoff performance earned him a call-up to the World Juniors for the 2019 tournament.
SPANGENERES FUTURE At the end of the 2017-18 season, Spangeenhagen was traded to the Minnesota Wild, where he played in 65 games, pitching to a 3-5 record with a 4.15 ERA and 1.88 FIP.
The Wild, who finished the year as the American Conference’s Wild Card, had the worst record in franchise history, and they finished in a two-way tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Spruceenhagen had a 3,929-pound plate appearance total, which ranked as the fifth-highest total in franchise franchise history.
He earned his second consecutive American League All-Star selection, and he was also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.
SPANKERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Spangengrens first NHL win came on September 29, 2018, when the Wild won a Game 5 in the Western Conference Final against the Colorado Avalanche.
Spankers 2.51 ERA led all American League relievers, and that performance was a career high.
He posted a 2-1 record and 1 .827 WHIP in nine starts for Minnesota.
In the Wild’s run to the Western Division Final, Spankermans 1.71 ERA led the American Leagues.
SPANNING AT AGE 29 Spangener has had a career renaissance with the Detroit Red Stars.
In addition to the postseason success, he has made the NHL all-star team three times, and in 2015, he was named to his second straight All-Defensive Team.
Spangel has also led the Red Star ranks in saves, wins, and innings pitched in each of the last two seasons.
He has notched more than 150 strikeouts in each year since 2012.
SPINGEERS FUTURES While the Red Wing organization has had plenty of success with its prospects, it has yet to produce a player like Spangenberg.
His success has helped the Wings become a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup.
SPINZER’S CAREER STATS Born June 16, 1990 (age 27) Height 6-3 Weight 210 lbs.
Kicks 105 (85 KG) Hometown Waukegan, Illinois Hometown Wisconsin Bats Left Throws Left Height 6’0 Weight 190 lbs.
Wrist Size 22″ Batting Average 18.5/20/25 Fielding Average .230/.273/.280 Steamer Rank 3rd Round Draft Pick (2014) Career Stats 1.57 ERA, 3.06 FIP Career Record 16-15-3 (6-8, 3rd-place AL Central)