Over the past twenty years, the Detroit Tigers have made pitching a priority during the first-year player draft and the lack of homegrown position player depth in the organization reflects as much. In that twenty-year span, the Tigers have had eighteen first-round selections. Of the eighteen picks, twelve were pitchers, including last year’s first overall pick Casey Mize from Auburn.
With the 2019 MLB draft right around the corner, the Tigers are hoping to turn the number five pick into another building block for the future. While this year’s pick will likely be a position player, it appears the Tigers struck gold when they drafted Casey Mize, the right-hander out of Auburn University with the top overall pick last year.
Jim Abbott never wanted to be viewed as a liability on the baseball field. Nor did he ever want to be known as just some human- interest story. Born without a right hand, Abbott rose from the baseball fields of Flint, MI and overcame his limitations to become a first round draft pick, win the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur and author a no-hitter.
The last time the Tigers had a third round pick from Tulane on their roster, it was 2005. A middle infielder by the name of Tony Giarratano debuted in the big leagues at age 22 for the Tigers. A lifetime .301 hitter in the minor leagues, Giarratano appeared in only 15 games for the Tigers and hit only .143. He was never heard from again. The Tigers have bigger plans for another third rounder out of Tulane name Jake Rogers.
Tony LaRussa once called him a “genius.” Lou Piniella referred to him as the “greatest batting instructor of them all.” Very high praise for a .255 career hitter. Despite an 11-year career that produced pedestrian statistics, Charlie Lau had an undeniable influence on some of the game’s greatest hitters.
Every season, Matthew Boyd’s name was seemingly at the top of the list among breakout candidates in the American League. Yet, until this season, Boyd’s numbers were rather pedestrian.
Recently, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera raised some eyebrows when he blamed his lack of power this season on a less-than-fierce array of bats behind him in the club’s offensively challenged lineup.
Most Tigers fans know that Billy Martin was famous for his fiery personality as Tigers manager in the 1970’s . He was also know for possessing a short fuse and lack of patience during a losing streak.
Ed Summers’ name is rarely mentioned among great hurlers in Tigers history. Verlander, Newhouser, and Lolich? Sure. But Summers never gets a mention.
Perhaps the fact that he pitched for the Detroiters long ago in the early 1900’s is one reason why. Or maybe it’s because he pitched for only five seasons in the Old English D.
For teams out of contention for a postseason spot, September can be a grind. Simply knocking games off the schedule can become a focus if you are not careful. Yet, for a Tigers team in transition, the final month of the season still has value. Organizations are constantly evaluating, regardless of position in the standings. Like all …
He blends in quietly in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse. Most rookies try to be seen and not heard, and Victor Reyes is no different. Although the 2018 Tigers are a young bunch, Reyes knows he should probably still be in the minor leagues. The Rule 5 draft, however, has given Ryes an opportunity that many never …
The Tigers recent road trip to the West Coast provided a glimpse of what a playoff contender’s bullpen looks like. And it’s pretty impressive. The Oakland A’s have elbowed their way into the postseason picture not with a dominating rotation, but rather a hard-throwing, door-slamming bullpen. The Tigers got a steady dose of Lou Trivino, Jeurys Familia, …