Selection of Greene Right Choice for Tigers

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.

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Mr. Rogers Changes his Neighborhood

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.

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A Long Summers Day

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.

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