With only three games remaining on their Grapefruit League calendar, the Detroit Tigers entered their contest with the New York Yankees on Monday just looking to get those last reps in. Pitchers and hitters should be dialed in and conditioned for the season by now, so it’s more about the finer points. However, in the
Ah for the days when we had league MVP candidates wearing the Olde English D. A run at the big prize seems highly unlikely for any of the 2021 Detroit Tigers roster, but then again, stranger things have happened. In fact, they seem to be happening constantly these days. A ship getting stuck in the
Having closed out the last weekend of spring training baseball, we are a few short days away from the start of the season. The roster has been set and the team has two more warm ups before heading north. Let’s take a look at what folks are talking about. The first bit of news emerged
With Opening Day for your Detroit Tigers drawing close, the players and coaching staff are making their final preparations to begin the 2021 season. Unfortunately, they’ll have to do so without the presence of one of their key coaches. New Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter has been sidelined by a positive COVID test, and will
The Detroit Tigers are in the midst of a lengthy drought in the international free agent market. Since dealing away shortstop prospect Willy Adames in 2014, and third baseman Eugenio Suarez that offseason, the club has struggled to land any high end talent. Outfielder Jose de la Cruz is one of those with a chance
The Detroit Tigers used an eight-run eighth inning to cap off a wild comeback victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. We would normally use a word like “thrilling” to describe what happened, but the Tigers’ big inning featured seven (!) walks and a hit batter, with only three hits. In the middle of all
The Detroit Tigers made their final decisions on the 2021 Opening Day roster on Saturday, and there was a surprise or two in store. First baseman Renato Nuñéz has been informed that he did not make the cut. Former closer Joe Jiménez was also left off the starting 26-man roster, and was optioned to Triple-A
We’re less than a week from Opening Day, and A.J. Hinch and the Detroit Tigers have announced more roster pieces as the 26-man roster begins to coalesce. Two days after naming Tarik Skubal and Julio Teheran to the rotation, Hinch has informed Casey Mize he will be joining them in the starting rotation as well.
Right now, the weak side of the Detroit Tigers’ development system is a lack of bats. That will likely look different a year from now as the club’s top three pitching prospects graduate to the majors. Meanwhile, the team selected hitters with all six picks in the 2021 draft and generally drew good grades for
The Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays ended Thursday’s contest deadlocked at three runs apiece. Jeimer Candelario continued to swing the bat well, Eric Haase crushed a late inning home run, and Joe Jiménez continued to look alternately good and bad, often from pitch to pitch. But what mattered in this one, is that both
Thursday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers announced that catcher Jake Rogers and infielder Isaac Paredes had been optioned to Triple-A Toledo to begin the 2021 season. Both Rogers and Paredes were embroiled in camp battles for backup positions on the Tigers’ major-league roster, but will evidently have to wait for their turn in Comerica Park. Paredes
With only a week of spring training remaining, the Detroit Tigers final roster decisions will be rolling in fast and furious. On Wednesday, manager A.J. Hinch confirmed two starting pitchers had made the Opening Day roster. Left-hander Tarik Skubal, and right-hander Julio Teheran were both informed that they’ll head north with the major league club.
When Michael Fulmer returned to action in 2020 after a year on the shelf for Tommy John and right meniscus surgeries, it was no surprise that he struggled. The elbow surgery tends to get the attention, but the knee is actually the greater concern. His arm is healthy, but with compromised lower half mechanics and
Welcome to Monday. We get a rare spring training night game Monday night when the team travels to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The field is narrowing for the final roster and chances that players have to prove they should be coming north with the team are getting fewer and fewer. Michael Fulmer certainly did
The Tigers game against the Phillies on Sunday was notable for a couple reasons. First, we saw Matt Manning get the start despite having been moved to minor league camp last week. Second, we saw Michael Fulmer work in relief for the first time. Finally, and most exciting, were a pair of home runs from
Since the day the Detroit Tigers traded away homegrown ace Justin Verlander, general manager Al Avila has gone through a lot of cheap free agent starting pitchers, and has yet to really hit on one. Arguably Mike Fiers outperformed expectations, but names like Tyson Ross, Matt Moore, Ivan Nova, and Edwin Jackson have come and
There are questions about so many prospects heading into the 2021 campaign because of the cancelled minor league season in 2020. Of the players who have the biggest question marks, those whose stateside debuts were anticipated and then delayed in 2020 have to top the list. The lack of information is, frankly, impossible to navigate.
We’re getting down to the final 10 days of spring training, and that means it is roster decision time. To break down what we’ve see from the 2021 Tigers so far, we’ve got an old friend along on this one. Kenon Carter, former prospect writer for Bless You Boys, and host of the Detroit Tigers