Friday, April 13, 2012

An underrated factor why the Tigers have become one of baseball's top teams

A lot of attention is put on the Tigers high-priced, big guns, but they have done a good job of developing players.
Outfielder Brennan Boesch was a third-round draft choice, who has become a major league regular. Alex Avila was a fifth-round pick and an All Star last season. It would not be a surprise if he is again in 2012. Left-hander Drew Smyly did well for a first major league start, given his limited minor league experience, and the strong Tampa Bay lineup he faced Thursday. Andy Dirks, Duane Below and Danny Worth have not been overmatched in the major leagues. All the above have been Tigers’ non first-round draft choices since 2006. And that’s before getting to the players the Tigers traded away to acquire veteran talent.
There was a time when the Tigers prospects would consistently arrive in the major leagues with a deer-in-the-headlines look - and not be able to perform. That’s changed. Their player development system is doing a better job of teaching them how to play the game. Not just with top prospects, but others who are able to contribute for periods when necessary over the course of these marathon seasons.
It’s an underrated factor why the Tigers have become one of the better teams in baseball.



Blogger Barry said...

Pat, Tigers are doing exactly what their suppose to be doing. They sign as many mega star you can, then sign as many stars you can than fill in the rest with your prospects. That why Tigers' baseball is so exciting, you have to watch free agency, players on their last year of their contracts from other teams which may be traded at the deadline,minor league prospects and the draft. The Tigers have done well in all the above.

11:21 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Just a point of note - this is the first season that the Tigers have been out from under some "past-their-prime" verteran contracts with Ordonez and Guillen and ... damn .. not Inge yet? ... but soon ... right .... damn, no? Okay - but we are getting there ... right?

Oh ... yeah .. Polanco - hey wait - we STILL miss losing veteran Polanco ... minors didn't quite fill in the 2B role did they ... crap ... well we got Inge ... hey wait ... no that's no good.

I guess Barry, I might amend your statement to say the Tigers are getting better at it - not that they have done well in all the above.

And that's a good thing.

12:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Pat. It's easy being a Monday Morning quarterback with all the trades that happen.

It's a tough prognosticating business.

Overall, pretty good system.

5:50 PM 

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