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  1. 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.
  2. Jose de la Cruz, the SS the Tigers signed from DR last year for $1.8 million, is off to nice start in the DSL. He's only 17, one of the younger players in that league. Anyway in his first 6 games (29 PA) he has a double, 2 triples, and a HR for a 1066 OPS. He also has 5 walks. The downside are 10Ks. Someone to watch as the year progresses.
  3. It would be great if he turned into Frank Catalanatto, who posted a 802 lifetime OPS (113 OPS+ in his prime).
  4. Actually, April and May were his strongest months at both AA and AAA. He wasn't terrible after that, except in September at AA, just not as good as in the first two months.
  5. Didn't Microline warn us about Stewart? I'm pretty sure he said Stewart struggled mightily against fastballs. And he is certainly living up to that reputation right now.
  6. He hit clean up at times for the Tigers last year.
  7. If this were 2012 and the Tigers rotation had been decimated by injuries at a minimum Mize would be pitching in Detroit right not. Manning probably not far behind.
  8. I'm embarrassed to ask, but why isn't this game over? Shouldn't it be rain-shortened win for Oakland?
  9. Everyone knows the reason, but when the Tigers need a spot starter for a doubleheader and choose a Soto over a Mize, Manning, or Faedo it's gross and surreal and maddening. Damn this rebuild.
  10. But he closed out last year by posting an 870 OPS over the last three months of the season. He has been raking at AA for a year now. Time for him to move up.
  11. Grayson Greiner currently has an OPS+ of 1. Harrison's 14 OPS+ looks good by comparison.
  12. Twenty years ago this team would have likely lost 110 games. But the appearance on the schedule of the Royals, Orioles, Mariners and to a lesser extent the White Sox and Rangers will probably mean 95-100 losses.
  13. The Tigers were 22-30 in one run games. Not great, not horrific. The Tigers, however, were horrific in blowout games (+5). 13-30. This is far more telling and problematic.
  14. Oh did he drive me crazy. But boy will I miss him.
  15. Because Ks were not the Tigers biggest offensive issue last year. It was severe lack of power. Hey, reducing strikeouts is fine. But as an organizational philosophy? I suppose it's fine as long as it's not at the expense of developing and adding more players who can hit for power.
  16. That Suarez trade really annoyed me at the time. Suarez was one of the few position prospects in the Tigers system who had hit at every level. So he comes up at 22 and posts an 85 OPS+ and everyone gives up on him, including DD. At the time of the trade no one liked the return but few seemed bothered by losing Suarez.
  17. No alternative really at this point. But I could do without the 60s mindset regarding strikeouts. That article may have been the most deflating thing I've read about the Tigers this year.
  18. Rogers had a pretty solid 2017 at A and A+ (.817 OPS, 18 HRs) and after an horrific April and May in 2018 at AA he posted a .1004 OPS in June, .784 in July, and .857 in August. This stretch included 14 HRs and a 10% walk rate. I don't know what happened to him in the Spring--and I understand scouts have always questioned his bat--but he has shown some ability so far to hit and with power. With his elite level defensive skills if he can post a 95-100 OPS+ that is something the Tigers can work with.
  19. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm always pleased when the guys who are marginal talents survive in the league long enough to make a few million. Maybe Boyd doesn't fall into this category, because he's been decent since becoming a professional. I'm thinking more of a guy like Marcus Thames or, looking ahead, Niko Goodrum. Thames was 31 before he made any real money. He didn't really settle into a MLB career until he was 27. How many times did he hear from friends, a spouse, another family member that he should give up, get serious about his life, and so on. Anyway, kudos to Matthew Boyd.
  20. I'm hoping Paredes goes all Cabrera (Miggy didn't really blossom until his age 20 season at AA) and forces his way onto the MLB roster by mid season. That would be reason enough to tune in on a regular basis. If Cabrera could regain his health and stroke and Candelario and Stewart showed more promise that would be even more reason to pay attention. I almost completely unplugged from the Tigers this past season, something I don't think I've ever done. But once Cabrera went down and Candy started slumping I couldn't bring myself to watch a lineup in which James McCann occasionally hit cleanup and a Jose Iglesias at-bat brought relief instead of dread--and not because Iglesias suddenly starting hitting like Trammell.
  21. Only time in history 5 AL teams lose 95 or more games. Four teams with even 90 losses doesn’t happen that often. Suppose we’ll see more seasons going forward with such extreme gaps between the best and worst.
  22. In a recent chat McDaniel said he views Clemens as a platoon bat, for what that is worth.
  23. And in 1987 Matt Nokes, if anyone remembers him. He had 32 HRs and a 133 OPS+. Never came close to these numbers again.
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