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  1. Microline133

    The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    I'm curious what this will do differently (or in duplicate to) than Space Command w/in Air Force.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    I believe Zeile technically retired.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    It's a reasonable question. I would say, however, that if a few week hot streak and no call-up is enough to derail a player, then there are much larger and more concerning issues present. Now, if you're talking a player that's languishing in Triple-A for months on end after performing the year before, sure I could see some fatigue and impact from the situation, but that wasn't even remotely the case with Stewart.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Shocking! In all seriousness, when I talked to scouts during his hot streak, there was nothing to indicate there had been a substantial shift in his approach, contact ability, or overall ceiling.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    I haven't seen anything official on Kelvin Smith signing. The general assumption is he is signing, but any reports on that to date are based only on his Twitter bio.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    One of the things I've been meaning to do is go back and look at some games from before the run up to the CWS last year...where was he sitting then? I simply don't recall and would need to look. There's a reasonable chance that expectations for velocity were elevated (slightly, but still elevated) based on the 92-94, t95/96 he was showing in the CWS. That could have been fueled by the moment. In my experience, it's not terribly uncommon for guys to lose a little velo moving to a pro routine (pitching every five days, rather than once per week), and most adjust and gain at least most of it back. If Faedo does that, then all is good. My concern isn't so much focused on the velo loss in and of itself, but the velo loss and his general fringe athleticism....I'm not sure he's as likely to regain velocity as other pitchers may be.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    He was 90-92 last night and bumped 93; a slight improvement over other recent starts, but still down from even last year in college.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Not ahead of the other five Tigers listed there, he doesn't.
  9. Microline133

    2018 Trade Deadline Thread: (Perfect Fits & Crazy Rumors):

    I honestly haven't read the trades you have concocted in close enough detail to judge that.
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    2018 Trade Deadline Thread: (Perfect Fits & Crazy Rumors):

    We can play on either end of the spectrum when it comes to these pitching prospects....we can be critical (which I actually don't think he was that critical), or we can believe they're all awesome and we're going to have a rotation of five aces once they join Fulmer! In reality, while this crop of pitching prospects looks damn sexy right now, its not a dominating group and doesn't buoy a bad system that much. Looking at the reality of each one.... Perez - Best of the bunch (by a large margin); the injury shouldn't be a concern, but until he's back on the mound with the same raw stuff, we can't know. He's a potential #2 starter if things break right for him. The risk here is nothing more than the typical risk of a19/20 year old arm in the minor leagues. Burrows - He's an inning eater at the big league level. No, the strikeouts won't be there in bunches, and that's okay, but it is a significant part of what limits his ultimate projection. You're looking at a#3/4 starter and personally, I think the realistic projection is the lower end of that....a #4 starter with a good fastball and solid overall arsenal. That's a useful piece, but hardly a world beater. Manning - The velo has come back a bit, though there are still stamina issues so far this year. I'm not terribly concerned with the stamina at such a young age, but it bears watching closely. At this point, he's just as likely to be a hard-throwing reliever as he is to be a mid-rotation starter. There's a massive amount of risk in this profile. Faedo - The velo dip is concerning, though not a reason to write him off at this point. He wouldn't be the first prospect to lose velo when transitioning to a pro workload and pro pitching schedule. If it doesn't start rebounding in the second half, I'm going to be far more concerned. The control and command are encouraging, but without a bump in velo, the slider-heavy approach isn't going to work as more than a middling starter. There's more risk here with Faedo than was ever contemplated on draft day. Sure, the velo could rebound and we could be looking at a good #3 starter again, but that's a tough bet to make based on what we see right now We can rattle off a handful of other interesting pitching prospects in the system....Soto, Baez, Funkhouser, Castro, etc., but they're all grossly flawed (as are most non-elite pitching prospects in every system) and are all just as likely relievers as starters, if they're big leaguers at all at the end of the day. Yes, the Tigers appear to have a lot of pitching prospects, but you need a lot of pitching prospects in order to have any type of depth manifest at the big league level. The Tigers are in no way shape or form in a position where they should prioritize positional prospects in any avenue of player acquisition (draft, international, trade deadline) because of some perceived depth in pitching prospects. They should take the best possible prospects they can in any individual acquisition.
  11. Microline133

    The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    That actually just says you're a sympathizer, not that you are a Nazi...
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    I do have a sense, though I can't get into some of the specifics. Overall, I'd say they're probably about average on the psychological front.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    The Tigers have been doing stuff on the psychological side for years; dating back to the 2008-2010 time frame off the top of my head. I'm sure it wasn't as robust as some other organizations (and possibly still isn't), but they originally started with a "Performance Enhancement Coach" (Brian Peterson) and they've had some other roles that were in this arena over the years.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Going back to Faedo, if you're re-ranking right now, there's a lot of people down on him after his spring and first few starts; myself included. You'd be crazy not to be when his velo is backed up to 88-91. He's not going to survive with that...he doesn't have to throw 95, but that's not going to work.
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    Lions RELEASING Ebron??

    You realize it was an April Fool's day joke, right?
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