Posted February 22, 2013 on tigers.scout.com
PLAYERS: Luke Putkonen
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
After six years of bouncing around the minor leagues, Luke Putkonen arrived for 2012 spring training with a purpose, and within months earned a big league call-up. His results for the big league club were a mixed bag; where does he need to improve to make himself a fixture in Detroit?
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