Friday, February 8, 2013

Pre-Spring Training update Feb 8, 2013

With Pitchers and Catchers reporting on Tuesday, there is good news heading into Spring Training.

Victor Martinez
Tom Gage of the Detroit News has reported that Victor Martinez looks good hitting in the cages from Lakeland, as he continues to recover from the knee surgery that forced him to miss all of the 2012 season.

Meanwhile, Justin Verlander took some time to participate in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Justin Verlander 
Verlander might be able to spend more time on the course at Pebble Beach in the future, if he chooses, that is….

Verlander and his agents had to be pleased at the news yesterday that Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners, signed a 5-year $135.5M extension to his contract.

The Tigers and Verlander have yet to comment on the signing, BUT expect the two sides to begin working on an extension to Verlander’s current contract that expires at the end of the 2014 season.  

I would expect to see that some sort of a deal is reached between the two sides before Verlander’s current deal runs out, it wouldn’t surprise me at all, for Verlander to land an extension in the $150M range. 

Pitchers and Catchers report on Tuesday to Lakeland, with some players already there, such as Victor Martinez. 

Here are a couple of Pics to show what is involved in the process of packing up and headed to Lakeland.  (photo's courtesy of the Detroit News)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Where do 2013 Tigers Prospects rank?

Spring Training is just around the corner, so that means its time for the experts who compile lists and rankings of the best baseball prospects to produce their 2013 rankings.

Nick Castellanos
Tigers 3B/OF prospect Nick Castellanos is the consensus #1 prospect in the Tigers system.  He was named MVP of the 2012 Futures Game and his future is quite bright as a major leaguer. The question is where will Castellanos end up playing in the majors? As he is blocked at 3B in the Majors by reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera.

Potential closer Bruce Rondon is the generally rated as the Tigers next best prospect.  While the future for Rondon seems bright, 2013 seemingly is lining up as a very pivotal season for the hard-throwing RHP.  Rondon has hit 102 MPH and some in the scouting business say he has even touched 103 with his fastball.  He is also listed as the Tigers closer in the minds of many.  However, this is quite the gamble for the Tigers, as Rondon has only 9 IP above AA ball. 
Bruce Rondon

Castellanos and Rondon, are generally listed as the only 2 prospects to be listed on the various “Top Prospects” lists that are being published.  Both players appear on many "Top 100" lists, but not all of them.  

Detroit’s “win now’ mentality has cost the Tigers as 11 of the Top 30 prospects for 2012 and 2013 have been traded away in deals, in addition Detroit has had to forfeit its top selection in the last three MLB Drafts as compensation for signing Free Agents.

Between trading away prospects and lack of upper tier draft picks, the Tigers minor league system is considered one of the worst in the Majors heading in to the 2013 Season.