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  1. I like Cruz - decent combo of skills, switch hits, approach and production improved each year in college. Takes a walk, doesn't K a ton. That all might point to upside as an everyday player and a guy who was undervalued in the draft prospect rankings. When the Tigers talked about 'utility', I don't think they meant bench player, but more like a Tony Phillips multi position starter. Regarding no 20K guys, probably makes sense since they didn't release minor leaguers, and if the MiL contraction goes through, there will be fewer spots to place their existing younger prospects + this year's draft class.
  2. Miggy is still under contract in 2023 (last year). Agreed on Cameron over Jones. Reyes could be in the mix. WCastro (or maybe Cruz) over Quintana, at least at this point.
  3. If the mlb.com prospect rankings hold true, it's conceivable the Tigers could take 3/4ths of ASU's vaunted infield with their first 3 picks. Alika Williams SS and Gage Workman 3B following Tork. I'd be tempted by Blaze Jordan's power at #38 if he's still there. I know that's 2 RHH 1B on paper, but time should work that out between 1B, OF, DH, or if Tork really can handle another IF position.
  4. I'd take B. It's really Mize v. Bart since we'd have Wentz and Paredes in both scenarios. I preferred Mize over Bart leading into their draft and still do.
  5. Fewer MiLB teams/players could be a boost to independent leagues. Maybe more teams or more leagues, and maybe playing in the former MiLB ballparks. It's not the same as having MLB affiliation, but it's something. The Frontier League has a team near us. Their games are a fun experience and they seem to draw pretty well. I was thinking capacity differences could be an issue, but a quick search shows the I-league team here (Schaumburg, IL) seats 1K+ more than Erie.
  6. With this draft class, it may be too much to ask, at least plug-and-play, which ideally you would get at the top. There seems to be decent talent, but much of it unrefined and with limited bodies of work. A far cry from the past couple drafts, at this point anyway. It feels closer to 2017 than 2018-19.
  7. MLB has their draft during the season; the NBA should be able to do the same unless there's something I'm overlooking. They could hold back the contract-signing period until the season is officially declared over, or simply make draftees ineligible until the '20-'21 season. If this year's college seniors get another year of eligibility, that could be something, but college seniors don't factor much into the NBA draft.
  8. Ball Four is fantastic; deserving of all the high praise it receives. I also recommend The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle, and The Wrong Stuff by Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
  9. Right, planning and training. The restrictions on training are likely a main driver in the Olympics' decision. MLB should be able to get up and running pretty quickly once given the go-ahead. They'll need to squeeze some revenue out of 2020, even in a short and unorthodox format.
  10. The ex girlfriend is married to Kate Upton. No problem whatsoever with that.
  11. Starting with the 2010 draft, including supplemental picks, the Tigers have had 10 first-rounders and 4 were position players. More recently, the 4 post-DD first rounders are looking good (though still TBD) in Manning, Faedo, Mize, and Greene and I feel that merits some faith they'll do okay with 1:1. Interesting that DD's last Tiger draft yielded Burrows (and Stewart) in the first. Lots of mocks annually have Detroit taking RHP's but many also point to a supposed love for SEC and Vandy players. Yet, Burrows (HS RHP) went 2 picks before Walker Buehler (Vandy RHP). I feel like the Tigers org need for hitting, plus the SP strength, will have them taking Torkelson or Martin unless an SP like Hancock or Lacy clearly vaults over them, which is probably unlikely. Gonzalez would likely need both Torkelson and Martin to collapse to get past them. I'm in the best available player camp regardless of hitter/pitcher, and that still seems to be Torkelson/Martin.
  12. Wow, that's an awesome haul! Very nice Dave and Dave!
  13. By August 1st, Garcia is the closer, set up by Turnbull and Norris. Candelerio has a nice bounce-back season in Detroit, and Cameron in Toledo.
  14. Correct, .797 is below .800. Trust I didn't post about Myers because I recognize the name. It's philosophical. Explore every avenue for building the talent pool, not just the traditional ones. The SD names mentioned aren't Gore level of course, but maybe a bit better than mid-range, including their #5. And if the salary-dump player has even a sliver of ability, the risk becomes even more reasonable. Myers was -0.3 WAR in his down '19 but averaged >+2 the three previous years. At 29yo, I feel it all adds up to a worthwhile consideration.
  15. Myers' name cropped up again today on MLBTR related to Boston. Apparently SD wants them to cover 1/2 his salary (nets to $10mm/yr for 3 years) and they'll attach a decent prospect. No word on what they want in return, but if they're only looking to dump salary, I feel the Tigers should be all over that. Payroll is low; that's a reasonable expense for 3 years to gain a prospect back. And I don't really feel it's far-fetched that Myers could actually be a decent player again. He just turned 29, has some power and speed, some defensive flexibility. He hasn't lived up to his prospect billing, but last year he came off an injury year in '18. At 10/3 and his age, the floor isn't super low, on top of gaining a prospect.
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