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2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #18: OF Bryant Packard

2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #18: OF Bryant Packard

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ The Tigers 5th round pick in the 2019 draft looks like one of the top bats in the system The main flaw in the Detroit Tigers’ rebuilding effort remains the dearth of quality hitters at all levels of the farm system. Beyond Riley Greene and Isaac Paredes, there isn’t a whole lot to get excited about yet, but Bryant Packard may help them change things in the years to come. The Tigers 5th round pick in the 2019 draft, Packard quickly left short season A-ball behind to impress with a combination of discipline and power not often seen in a West Michigan...
Jan 22, 2020
2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #19: RHP Elvin Rodriguez

2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #19: RHP Elvin Rodriguez

Jay Markle/Bless You Boys Rodriguez will need to show substantial improvement to handle Double-A this year. When prospect list season arrives in January, the talk is almost always centered around players who managed a break out, or who regressed to a degree than warrants dropping them down and diminishing expectations. Less common is the young prospect who simply holds serve, but that was certainly the case for right-hander Elvin Rodriguez in 2019. Much has been made in recent years about the fact that teams are far less willing to trade quality upper level prospects than they might have...
Jan 22, 2020
Five Tigers prospects make Baseball America’s top 100

Five Tigers prospects make Baseball America’s top 100

Terri Nummer The Tigers have never placed five players on the list before. The Detroit Tigers farm system still isn’t quite at the elite tier according to most prospect analysts, but they’re getting close. The thing holding them back continues to be the lack of other highly touted bat or two. On Wednesday, Baseball America released their new top 100 prospect rankings for 2020, and for the first time since the list debuted, the Tigers have five representatives. Casey Mize (13) and Matt Manning (17) lead the way, checking in as two of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Baseball...
Jan 22, 2020
Links: Will the Tigers pick up another free agent?

Links: Will the Tigers pick up another free agent?

Photo by Patrick Smith/ The team appears to be mostly done with its wintertime shopping, but there are still a few good deals sitting on the shelf. As spring training draws near, teams around Major League Baseball are looking to solidify their rosters heading into the new season, and the Detroit Tigers are no exception. With some intriguing free agents remaining available, as well as plenty of positions in need of an upgrade, the Tigers just might add one more player before pitchers and catchers report. Puig, Pence and Ozuna, oh my! Our Bless You Boys roundtable discussion already...
Jan 21, 2020
2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #20: OF Derek Hill

2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #20: OF Derek Hill

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via The former first round pick is finally healthy and making some progress. Since he was selected in the 2014 MLB draft, and through a rash of injuries that derailed his progress early on, hope never faded out that Derek Hill could still bloom into the player the Detroit Tigers thought he could become. Each year, that hope seemed to fall short, with incremental improvements taking the place of leaps still required. Hill was finally near the end of his rope in the eyes of many in the prospect world. Then 2019 happened. While it wasn’t a massive...
Jan 21, 2020
Detroit Tigers history: The 1902 Tigers

Detroit Tigers history: The 1902 Tigers

[intro] 1902 in History The year started strong for Michigan ans they appeared in the first ever Rose Bowl on January 1, which the Michigan Wolverines won 49-0. In February a massive fire destroyed 26 city blocks in Jersey City, New Jersey. European football fans can celebrate this year for the foundation of Real Madrid on March 6, but for Thomas Edison, a US Circuit Court declared he could not maintain a monopoly on 35mm movie film, which may very well have allowed for the development of the movie industry. On a similar note, April 2 saw the first movie theater open in the US in Los...
Jan 19, 2020
Roundtable: Who else should the Tigers sign this offseason?

Roundtable: Who else should the Tigers sign this offseason?

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ The BYB staff debates which outfielder they would like to see land in Detroit. The Detroit Tigers lost 114 games last year, most of them in demoralizing fashion. The farm system is improving, but is still probably another season away from giving the major league club a serious lift. To their credit, the Tigers have done well in adding talent this offseason that should make the major league roster much better in 2020. We (roughly) estimated that Austin Romine, C.J. Cron, and Jonathan Schoop could help improve the Tigers roster by 10 WAR on their own. The club has...
Jan 18, 2020
Links: Prospects are all the rage right now

Links: Prospects are all the rage right now

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via The Tigers have prospects adorning many various lists, while spring lies just around the corner. MLB Pipeline’s latest prospect rankings have been pretty high on a few Tigers pitchers in a sign that the farm-side of the rebuild — at least from a pitching standpoint — is going strong. As mentioned before, Tigers’ top-ranked prospect Casey Mize also sits atop the list of all right-handed pitchers, with his advanced arsenal and mature approach to the game working strongly in his favor, while Matt Manning comes in at seventh among righties....
Jan 18, 2020
Tigers 2020 roster: options, service time, payroll, & more

Tigers 2020 roster: options, service time, payroll, & more

Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via The Tigers have a $100 million payroll for their 26-man roster, barring any late additions. The Detroit Tigers will enter the 2020 baseball season with a payroll of about $100 million for their 26-man active roster, barring any late additions or trades. The Tigers’ 40-man roster features 10 players with no major league experience and another 11 players with less than one season of experience in the majors. Detroit certainly could add players and boost the payroll some before Opening Day as general Al Avila scours the free agent market for...
Jan 18, 2020
Mock draft: Tigers projected to select SS Austin Martin

Mock draft: Tigers projected to select SS Austin Martin

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports Baseball America predicts that Detroit will spring for Vanderbilt’s star middle infielder. The Detroit Tigers earned the first pick of the MLB Draft for the second time in three years. This position, thus far, has yielded Victor Reyes and Rony Garcia from the Rule 5 Draft, and, of course, righthander Casey Mize in the 2018 MLB draft. Mize was a clear cut choice at the time, but that is not a luxury the Tigers have this year. At least, not yet. There is a long way to go between now and when Detroit officially goes on the clock, but the consensus is...
Jan 17, 2020
Tigers trade LHP Matt Hall to Boston Red Sox

Tigers trade LHP Matt Hall to Boston Red Sox

Photo by Duane Burleson/ The lefthander was designated for assignment on Monday. On Friday, the Detroit Tigers announced that they traded left-handed pitcher Matt Hall to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor-league catcher Jhon Nunez. Hall was designated for assignment on Monday following the signing of righthander Iván Nova to a one-year deal. Because Hall was no longer on the Tigers’ 40-man roster, there is no expectation of a corresponding move to this trade. In addition, Nunez was given a non-roster invitation to spring training. A sixth round pick in 2015, Hall made his major...
Jan 17, 2020
2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #21: RHP Paul Richan

2020 BYB Tigers Prospect #21: RHP Paul Richan

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Innings? Eaten. Did you know? To successfully pitch in Major League Baseball, you need to throw strikes. Crazy, right? Good news, Tigers fans: righthander Paul Richan throws a lot of them, and he hates to issue walks. In 2019, the Tigers shipped out long-time third baseman/outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitchers Paul Richan and Alex Lange, the No. 27 prospect on our list. Richan then joined the High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers’ rotation. While his 4.11 ERA in his five starts (covering 30 2⁄3 innings) with...
Jan 16, 2020
2020 BYB Tigers prospect #22: SS Adinso Reyes

2020 BYB Tigers prospect #22: SS Adinso Reyes

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The shortstop is carrying some significant momentum into the upcoming season. The Detroit Tigers have made their presence felt on the international market over the last few years. Instead of adhering to their old practice of spreading their international bonus pool between a large number of inexpensive youngsters, they have begun to commit large percentages of their resources to a select few players with more talent. While it will take a long time for the strategy to bear fruit at the major league level — the kids they are signing are 16 and 17 years old,...
Jan 15, 2020
2020 BYB Tigers prospect #23: RHP Rony Garcia gives the Tigers a chance to experiment in 2020

2020 BYB Tigers prospect #23: RHP Rony Garcia gives the Tigers a chance to experiment in 2020

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports Garcia has come up through the minors as a starter, but could move around the bullpen in the majors this year. Having the worst record in baseball is never a great idea, but it comes with a few perks. One of them, albeit limited, is the first selection in the Rule 5 draft. The Detroit Tigers have had that honor in two of the past three offseasons now, and used their most recent Rule 5 selection on righthander Rony Garcia from the New York Yankees. While Rule 5 picks are generally little more than a shot in the dark, the Tigers have done well with their...
Jan 15, 2020
FanGraphs releases 2020 Tigers ZiPS projections

FanGraphs releases 2020 Tigers ZiPS projections

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports The latest outlook for the Tigers team is still pretty bleak, but more encouraging than the 2019 team. Dan Szymborski over at FanGraphs has released his 2020 ZiPS predictions for the Detroit Tigers, and what he had to share was... as underwhelming as one might expect. His opening paragraph says it all. The Detroit Tigers will continue to struggle to score runs. I don’t mean in the “occasionally getting shut out by the Orioles” sense, but more like when you’re watching Tigers games, you should channel flip when they’re at the plate rather than...