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Just now, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

As a practical matter, is there typically a significant difference between prospects numbered 40 - 70 or 70 - 100?

I would say no. I would guess that there isn't even that much of a difference between 50-150. It probably follows an exponential curve that begins to flatten around 50.

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35 minutes ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

As a practical matter, is there typically a significant difference between prospects numbered 40 - 70 or 70 - 100?

I wanna say no, but I have nothing to back that up.

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Seventy-two percent of all prospects ranked 40-70 spend at least one season in the majors, compared with just 29 percent of prospects ranked 70-100, according to information that I just made up.

 

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1 hour ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Damn - when did that happen?

Today? I forget where I saw it. 

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7 hours ago, Shelton said:

Today? I forget where I saw it. 

"Left elbow strain." 

I can't imagine why a guy that hasn't pitched since high school and throws 100 MPH would have any sort of arm issues. :-)

I hope they're just being super cautious. We shall see. 

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Not sure if it's been mentioned anywhere but Burrows will be pitching in the Futures Game during All Star Weekend.  A little surprised Stewart wasn't on the roster too. 

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Baseball America came out with their midseason top 100 and three Tigers made the list.  Faedo at 53 and Manning, Burrows at 79 and 80 respectively.  No Stewart or Lugo though. 

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I believe that the West Michigan Whitecaps have the lowest team ERA across all the minor leagues (excluding SS and Rookie ball). The Lakeland Flying Tigers have the 2nd lowest team ERA among those 120 teams.

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If you're not doing so already...follow @emilywaldon2080 on twitter.  She does a great job covering the Tigers system.

My favorite prospect right now is RH RP Wladimir Pinto.  At CT he's gone 9.2 innings and racked up 18K, 2H 0 R and 0 BB.  Kid's 5-10 175 and he hits 100 MPH.  Per Emily, he just got promoted to West Michigan

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On 7/22/2017 at 1:55 PM, Lei Pong said:

If you're not doing so already...follow @emilywaldon2080 on twitter.  She does a great job covering the Tigers system.

My favorite prospect right now is RH RP Wladimir Pinto.  At CT he's gone 9.2 innings and racked up 18K, 2H 0 R and 0 BB.  Kid's 5-10 175 and he hits 100 MPH.  Per Emily, he just got promoted to West Michigan

And was removed in his debut due to injury. Damn,

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Love this story in today's Detroit News...

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2017/07/23/tom-de-blok-proves-dutch-treat-tigers/103941110/

Four months ago you’d have found him playing in the World Baseball Classic, wearing a Netherlands jersey, and seemingly headed back home for another season with the L&D Amsterdam Pirates.

But things changed. The Tigers saw Tom de Blok during his WBC outings. They liked his size (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) and right arm. They liked the fact he was just about to turn 21.

And they signed him to a contract.

There are no regrets. He pitches now for Single A West Michigan and has quite the early track record: 0.84 ERA in 16 games and five starts, the product of 43 innings, 26 hits allowed, 42 strikeouts, and six walks. His WHIP is 0.74. Opposing batters have done no better than a .173 average.

“He’s got a really good arm, and he’s real big and durable with a great pitcher’s body,” said Tom Moore, the Tigers’ director of international scouting, whose crew had become aware of de Blok.

“At the WBC, there was suddenly a lot of attention on him, and that kind of opened some eyes. He wasn’t necessarily a focus for teams, but he kind of raised attention and showed there should be some focus.”

In fact, de Blok was no mystery to big-league scouts. He had a short stint with the Mariners as a 17-year-old after they signed him out of the MLB European Academy in Regensburg, Germany.

But after he spent spring camp with the Mariners in Arizona, de Blok “retired” and headed home, a victim of tender years, homesickness, and a baseball culture that simply didn’t appeal to a teenager.

Three years later, with college and a few early-adult experiences behind him, de Blok is back in professional baseball on this side of the Atlantic.

He also is getting steadily better. In his last six showings, five of which have been starts as the Tigers move him to rotation work, exclusively, de Blok has allowed a lone run on 15 hits in 27.1 innings. He has struck out 33 batters and walked three, a stunning 11-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.

“His fastball is 91 to 94,” Moore said. “He’s actually had a little uptick there the past month or so. He’s got a slider that at times is real sharp. And his change-up is his third pitch.”

A.J. Sager, the Tigers’ roving minor-league pitching instructor, will be checking in on de Blok during a Whitecaps visit later this week. He watched him during extended spring training, before de Blok had shown enough to earn a ticket to Single A Connecticut, where he worked one game (3.2 innings, one hit, one walk, five strikeouts) before getting his West Michigan papers.

“There’s a lot to like, I know that,” Sager said. “He’s got a good pitcher’s frame. And the way he carries himself he appears to be a mature kid for a pitcher who’s not old.

“He’s got enough fastball, and he’s willing to throw it over the plate. And at times, I’ve seen him throw it to both sides of the plate. He didn’t have much experience throwing secondary pitches, but Mike Alvarez and Ace Adams (minor-league pitching coaches) have worked with him on different slider grips, and it looks like that’s coming along.”

In an era when players from Latin America are routinely signed, and when Asia imports, as well as prospects from Australia, more often become part of a big-league team’s international forays, a Netherlands resident is unusual.

But that is changing.

“As far as Europe is concerned, and looking at the pro leagues there, Netherlands probably is the top country, talent-wise,” Moore said. “They’ve got a fairly good development program there, with pro and amateur leagues.”

Moore mentions another plus. A pitcher who just turned 21, who is the same age as most of the better college pitchers who were drafted in June, is able to pitch a full season rather than be shut down or be confined to a few innings-restricted outings.

And that’s because he isn’t coming off the kind of February-to-June schedule played by college teams.

“He probably has a fresher arm,” Moore said.

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9 hours ago, cruzer1 said:

Love this story in today's Detroit News...

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2017/07/23/tom-de-blok-proves-dutch-treat-tigers/103941110/

Three years later, with college and a few early-adult experiences behind him, de Blok is back in professional baseball on this side of the Atlantic.

 

 

In Holland, I bet.

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Definitely nice to have three guys in the top 100. It's the same three from the BA list. 

Stewart probably isn't far from the top 100. 

After that, the next 10 guys could probably be interchangeable. A bunch of 45 FV guys. Hopefully some of them develop and improve their outlook or at least become ML caliber. That can have value. 

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Last night it occurred to me that I have completely dropped out this season. Lackluster play with no cable at our house....I don't even know what their record is and haven't even bothered to look. I'm completely outside and not looking in for the first time in 20 years.

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1 hour ago, Biff Mayhem said:

Last night it occurred to me that I have completely dropped out this season. Lackluster play with no cable at our house....I don't even know what their record is and haven't even bothered to look. I'm completely outside and not looking in for the first time in 20 years.

Are you talking about the Whitecaps or the Tigers?  The Whitecaps are having a terrific season.

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3 hours ago, apabruce said:

Are you talking about the Whitecaps or the Tigers?  The Whitecaps are having a terrific season.

Tigers. I have inlaws from China coming to stay for 21 days and will take them to a Whitecaps game. I haven't been following them either except for hearing scores on morning radio.

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8 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

Last night it occurred to me that I have completely dropped out this season. Lackluster play with no cable at our house....I don't even know what their record is and haven't even bothered to look. I'm completely outside and not looking in for the first time in 20 years.

but michigan football is right around the corner!  you must be pumped.

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14 hours ago, Buddha said:

but michigan football is right around the corner!  you must be pumped.

I've been stocking up on my Haterade!

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20 hours ago, Buddha said:

but michigan football is right around the corner!  you must be pumped.

Good luck in the Tax Slayer Bowl this season.  :cheeky:

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