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Here’s a look at Monday’s top performers in the Arizona Fall League from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list. Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B (MLB No. 4), Salt River RaftersThough Monday marked the first game Torkelson didn’t record a hit in the AFL, he still drew three walks and scored a run in Salt River’s 7-6
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DETROIT — The Tigers’ rebuild has reached the point where the farm system is producing contributors at the Major League level. The future of the rotation has arrived with Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Matt Manning, but for the first time in years, Detroit’s bullpen is built around effective homegrown pieces, from closer Gregory Soto
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Show Caption Hide Caption Detroit Tigers’ Casey Mize wants to ‘lead our team in innings’ Detroit Tigers right-hander Casey Mize talks Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, after his team’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press The Detroit Tigers are focused on taking the next step toward becoming a
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The Detroit Tigers had lost four games in a row and five of their last six when Tyler Alexander took the mound Aug. 20 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Blue Jays were bewildered. Alexander allowed one run over seven innings, setting the Tigers up for a 4-1 win in extra innings. The top four batters in Toronto’s
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PEORIA, Ariz. — Spencer Torkelson feels comfortable hitting in a loaded lineup. He certainly feels comfortable hitting in the Phoenix metro area. His early days in the Arizona Fall League certainly represent that. MLB Pipeline’s No. 4 overall prospect picked up three hits (all singles) in his third AFL game Friday night to help lead
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Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch spoke about the past, present and future of his club last week at Comerica Park, after finishing 77-85 this season. Hinch chatted about the possibility of acquiring elite-level players in free agency this offseason, such as an established starting pitcher and an All-Star shortstop. The list of shortstops, by the way, is headlined by Carlos
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Akil Baddoo wasn’t supposed to do what he did. He made the Detroit Tigers‘ Opening Day roster out of spring training, signifying the beginning of his first season in the big leagues. Baddoo then played 124 games, hitting .259 with 13 home runs and 18 stolen bases. Big moments boosted his confidence early, such as when he delivered a
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A busy first professional season for Tigers No. 1 prospect Spencer Torkelson will continue this month when the Arizona State product joins a roster full of other talented Minor League players as a member of the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. “I’m really looking forward to playing in Arizona again,” the 22-year-old
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Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic (subscription required) writes that Niko Goodrum looks like a strong candidate to be non-tendered this off-season.  That’s notable in that Goodrum has spent the past four seasons in Detroit, taking on a prominent role around the diamond.  He delivered a decent 95 wRC+ and 1.9 fWAR in 2019, his second full year
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Detroit — The Ilitches might be cutting the cord on the idea of starting their own Regional Sports Network. The Ilitch-owned Detroit Tigers and Red Wings have re-upped on a multi-year agreement with Bally Sports Detroit to continue broadcasting the team’s games, Olympia Entertainment confirmed Wednesday. “We are pleased, as momentum builds for the Tigers and Red
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Bally Sports Detroit isn’t going anywhere. The regional sports network, part of Sinclair Broadcast Group, has agreed to multi-year contract extensions with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings to continue broadcasting games, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press on Tuesday night. Terms of the deal are currently unclear. A formal
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On the latest Pipeline Podcast, Tigers No. 1 prospect Spencer Torkelson joins Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff. Finally, Mayo, Callis and Ratliff break down which AFL participants are sleepers, the All-Rookie Team and impressive rookie postseason performers On the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Sam Dykstra, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo are your tour guides through
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DETROIT — The last time the Tigers headed into an offseason with so much anticipation, they were trying to bolster a roster around Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera for one more postseason run. That was the winter of 2015-16, and the Tigers were accustomed to competing for playoffs and World Series. Fast-forward five years, and
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Detroit Tigers prospect Riley Greene has been scratched from the Arizona Fall League roster. The 21-year-old center fielder sustained a concussion during his final game for Triple-A Toledo, an Oct. 2 matchup against the St. Paul Saints at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press on Monday. The
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