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  1. ?? I see that he's from Cleveland. Guess he's trolling Tiger fans with this bouquet to Waldon.
  2. Ralph Houk to Les Moss to Sparky Anderson?
  3. Is there a clear #1 pick next year? Catching Baltimore may be difficult.
  4. Eddie Rosario has 5% walk rate for the Twins but adds value by hitting 25ish HRs a year. If Reyes' recent power surge is real and he can hit around 25 HRs in MLB the Tigers could live with his subpar BB rate.
  5. Rebuilds stink. Rebuilds built around pitching stink even more.
  6. Niko would have been a nice guy have on the 2011-2014 Tigers.
  7. How many 20 year olds in AA ball have a 29/31 BB/K ratio? Plus his BABIP is .286. With a 120 wRC+ I think he probably deserves a spot among the top 100 regardless. And he has hit two HRs in his last three games. Maybe he's not the next Miggy, but I still think the guy will hit well above average in MLB.
  8. Interesting about the Tigers then. From 1978-1983 the Tigers finished with 80+ wins (92 in 1983) every year. But other than 1981 they never threatened to make the playoffs. But if the current divisions were in place then the Tigers would have been in contention for the Division titles in 1979 and 80, Wild Card Spots in 78 and 82, and would have made the playoffs as a Wild Card team in 1983. What would be our memories of those teams/years now? It wouldn't be considered a Golden era by any means, but fans would have remembered them as far more competitive and interesting years.
  9. I don't care if they don't run out pop ups. That's not the problem. The problem is too many pop ups and easy ground ball outs. And that's not really the problem. The problem is that for two plus years and running guys who excessively pop up and ground out meekly were all part of the plan. Even when the Tigers stunk during the late 90s and early aughts they were at least trying to remain competitive. An intentional and ruthless attempt to stink (ok tanking) may have ultimately worked for the Astros. But they had little competition at the bottom then. As others have noted, the field is a lot more crowded now with teams committing hara kari in hopes of rising again bigger and better than ever. If the Tigers had a wit of sense they would consider maybe zigging now that everyone else seems to be zagging. Lose as many games as possible this year, but then become more aggressive in the free agent or trade market next year. Start to restore some credibility to the big league club, while everyone else is racing to the bottom.
  10. Gardenhire? He's the most irrelevant figure in this whole drama/tragedy.
  11. When the Tigers were good they made plenty of mistakes, especially on the basepaths. Fans carped about it all the time. If this year's Tigers committed fewer boneheaded mistakes they might have one maybe two more wins. Big deal. What I can't stand is the severe lack of talent, which we all knew was going to be the case. Currently I watch to see if Miggy can regain his stroke and add to his career hitting totals and to see if Candelario, Stewart, Norris, and Turnbull are long term answers. JaCoby Jones recent hot streak is also intriguing. Boyd starts are worth watching. Everyone else are placeholders or worse. I don't care about wins and losses at this point. Better they lose really.
  12. I agree, for the most part. But shouldn't the #3 (I placed him one spot higher than FanGraphs actually ranked him) prospect sport more than just potential to justify such a lofty ranking? I'd like to see a period of dominance before assigning such a ranking. Lewis's profile lacks that. He seems more like a guy who should be ranked 25 or so. If he profiled as an elite defender that would be one thing. But reviews on his defense are somewhat mixed. And I still don't think Lewis and Paredes should be 100 spots apart.
  13. Royce Lewis is #2? He's 20 at A+. His RC+ is 107. Paredes is 20 at AA with a RC+ of 114. Lewis is #2 and Paredes is #107. Paredes's ISO has been a disappointment this year, I admit. He's hitting more GBs than FBs this year, a new and unsettling trend. But his body of actual work, at the plate, has been superior to Lewis's, especially when you factor in age/level. And it's not as if Lewis is an elite defender. He's more athletic than Paredes, with better overall tools.. But I don't see how these two prospects are ranked 100 spots apart. I thought scouting, especially at places like FanGraphs, had ditched the "he looks better in his underwear" method years ago.
  14. If a guy profiles as a dominant relief pitcher his development should include lots more innings than these guys normally get in the minors. Joe Jimenez, for instance, pitched a total of 147 innings over five years in the minors. For comparison, Spencer Turnbull pitched 578 innings, giving him 4 times more exposure to professional hitters than Jimenez got. It's idiotic to limit a guy like Jimenez to 50 innings a year just because he profiles as a closer/reliever. He needs to face as many batters as possible during his development. Organizations should identify 2-3 guys per affiliate who definitely have the potential to start and make the rest pitch 3-5 innings per stint. Who cares about roles or wins and losses. The minors are about general development and should be treated as such.
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