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Daniel Arthur Stumpf (born January 4, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Daniel Stumpf
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Stumpf with the Tigers in 2019
Detroit Tigers – No. 68
Born: (1991-01-04) January 4, 1991 (age 28)
Humble, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 7, 2016, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through July 23, 2019)
Win–loss record2–7
Earned run average4.70



Stumpf played college baseball at San Jacinto College. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 9th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit


Stumpf with the Phillies in 2016

Stumpf was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2015 Rule 5 draft.[2] Stumpf made the Phillies' 2016 Opening Day roster,[3] and debuted in the major leagues on April 7. On April 14, 2016, Stumpf received an 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball for testing positive for having used the performance enhancing drug dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.[4] He was designated for assignment by the Phillies on July 22.[5] He was returned to the Royals three days later.

Detroit TigersEdit


On December 8, 2016, Stumpf was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2016 Rule 5 draft.[6] Because Stumpf had been selected in the Rule 5 draft and returned to the Royals once before, he was able to elect free agency after the Tigers placed him on waivers and he went unclaimed.

On April 1, 2017, Stumpf signed a Major League contract with the Tigers and was added to the 40 man roster.[7] On June 2, 2017, Stumpf was recalled by the Detroit Tigers. Prior to being recalled, he posted a 1–2 record, with a 3.38 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21​13 innings for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.[8] He made his Tiger debut in a June 3 game against the Chicago White Sox, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.[9] Stumpf pitched ​37 23 innings for the 2017 Tigers, striking out 33 and posting a 3.82 ERA.


Stumpf began the 2018 season in the Tigers bullpen. He earned his first Major League win with a perfect ​1 13 innings of relief in a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 25.[10] In ​38 13 relief innings over the 2018 season, Stumpf pitched to a 4.93 ERA with 37 strikeouts.

Pitching coach controversyEdit

On June 27th, 2018, Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio was fired due to racially insensitive comments. Bosio claims that the offending comment was referring to Stumpf as "Spider Monkey" due to the faces he makes while lifting weights, which was overheard by an African American clubhouse attendant. However, Stumpf says that, to the best of his knowledge, his nickname was never "Spider Monkey".[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McDaniel, Jason (June 13, 2012). "Baseball: Atascocita's Stumpf drafted by Royals". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Phillies select Tyler Goeddel, Daniel Stumpf in Rule 5 Draft". December 10, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Phillies roll the dice with Stumpf, Goeddel". April 4, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Zolecki, Todd (April 14, 2016). "Stumpf suspended 80 games for positive PED test". Major League Baseball (MLB). Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Todd, Jeff (July 22, 2016). "Phillies Designate Daniel Stumpf". Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Rule 5 Draft results". December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Tigers To Re-Sign Daniel Stumpf". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  8. ^ Horrobin, Jordan (June 2, 2017). "Boyd optioned to Triple-A to rediscover form". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Tigers, Zimmermann power past White Sox 10-1". June 3, 2017. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Red-hot Castellanos powers Tigers over Pirates 13-10". April 25, 2018. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Tigers pitcher Daniel Stumpf says he's unfamiliar with 'spider monkey' nickname linked to firing of Chris Bosio". Sporting News. June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.

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