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After just a spectacular offseason, there is one man who deserves recognition and therefore must be drafted. He's been around a long time and helped us in the good times and not so good times. In his first shot to make decisions he has rebuild a bullpen, added a star bat, signed some pitching and improved the overall depth without giving up the small farm we build at the deadline last year.

Al Avila

I thought that pull-happy guy ended up going to Chicago in some miraculous move of the offseason? :devious:

Oh, you are talking about the other Avila... :silly:

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With the (10 +/- 32)th pick of the draft I will take the wonder of the Whitecaps, the all-star of the AFL, the fighting fifteenth pick of the 2014 draft, the crusher from Creighton University, the nightmare from Naperville, one of this year's non-roster invitees...

Michael Gerber.

Michael Gerber trivia for when he makes it to the Tigers squad

* He will be the first "Gerber" to wear the old English "D".

* He will also be the first Creighton Blue Jay to have been drafted by the Tigers and make it to the majors (the other Tiger's Creighton draftee was Lawrence Bracco in 1971 and he only made it to Lakeland)

* He played high school ball for the Neuqua Valley Wildcats and will be the second player from that high school to play for the Tigers, the first being his high school teammate Ian Krol

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With the 44th pick in teh 2016 Adopt-A-Tiger draft, djhutch selects: Fearless Leader Brad Ausmus. Because he's just smarter than everybody else.


He is good looking!

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Spencer Turnbull, RHP

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

After a strong junior season at Alabama moved him up into the second round, Turnbull pitched sparingly during his pro debut as the Tigers wanted to monitor his innings. Now he's shown what he can do over the course of a full season.

Everything for Turnbull starts with his power fastball, which will sit in the 92-94 mph range, but can get cranked up to 97-98 mph at times. He can throw it with a lot of sink, giving him the potential to generate groundball outs at a high rate, as he has thus far in his pro career. His secondary stuff still needs to improve, though his slider did get better in his final season at Alabama and he shows glimpses of an average changeup as well. A key to his success will be improved fastball command.

It's possible Turnbull could be better suited to a short-relief role, where his sinker-slider combination would play up, but he's a part of a starting rotation, at least for now.

In 2015 Spencer threw 116.2 innings in West Michigan, with a 3.01 ERA, 106 strike outs and 52 walks.


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Long is probably the biggest nerd I follow on twitter and that's saying a lot.

When he's doing projections for college volleyball.....

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Well nice work everyone! Be sure to pimp your aat by all means necessary this season. :-)

Anyone wishing to pick their own aat can now go to it, because it's now a ........



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