SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Fresh off their first full seasons in the Tigers' organization, Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers are getting in some additional work out in the Arizona Fall League.The duo, both of whom were acquired last August as part of the Justin Verlander trade, spent some time together with
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Fresh off their first full seasons in the Tigers' organization, Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers are getting in some additional work out in the Arizona Fall League.
The duo, both of whom were acquired last August as part of the Justin Verlander trade, spent some time together with Double-A Erie this season ,and Rogers felt the familiarity helped ease the transition into his new organization.
"It helped," the Tigers No. 12 prospect said. "Having Franklin (Perez) and Daz here throughout Spring Training and throughout the year. It helped a lot."
Arizona Fall League overviews for all 30 teams
On the field, the two had varying results. While Cameron, the Tigers No. 8 prospect, worked his way across three levels and hit .264/.343/.406 over 126 games, Rogers got off to a slow start with Erie.
The catcher hit .200 in April and .122 in May before he got back on track and hit .281 in June.
"It was a rough start hitting-wise and when I got struggling, I was trying to learn and figure out my swing and learn how to get out of that hole quicker than I needed to," Rogers said. "Once I got out of the hole and started climbing out, it was a good year."
When all was said and done, Rogers hit .219/.305/.412 over 99 games. However, hitting isn't his sole focus. Rogers is an outstanding receiver that works well with pitchers. He has a plus arm and grades out as a 70-grade defender behind the plate.
"I pride myself on my catching, so when you go out there, you have a short memory," Rogers said. "When I have a bad [at-bat] or I'm struggling, I flush it and, having two sides of the ball, you really want to have a short memory and get going to do well in one or the other. The goal is to do well in both, but you want to do well in one."
As for Cameron, he's working on finding a balance between being aggressive and having a solid approach at the plate. He's approaching the Fall League as an opportunity to further the momentum he generated this season and build upon that success
The 21-year-old hit .264/.343/.406 in 126 games across three levels, including a .285/.367/.470 line through 53 games with Erie.
"I feel like, for me to just come out here and work hard was just the most important part for me," Cameron said. "Just stay within myself and keep things going."
Tigers hitters in the Fall League
Daniel Pinero, 3B -- The ninth-round pick from the 2016 Draft spent the entire season with Class A Advanced Lakeland, where he hit .263/.352/.396 over 119 games. While his average dropped 33 points from a season ago - when he played 119 games with Class A West Michigan - Pinero showed some more pop in 2018. The 24-year-old hit four homers last year and brought that total up to nine this season. Defensively, Pinero spent most of the year at third, but he also logged innings at first base, shortstop and in left field.
Daniel Woodrow, OF -- The 2016 12th-rounder continued his climb through the Tigers' system and reached Double-A for the first time in 2018. Woodrow, 23, slashed .313/.369/.395 and also hit the first three homers of his career over 95 games with Erie.
Tigers pitchers in the Fall League
Gregory Soto, LHP (DET No. 14) -- Soto's lively low-90s fastball is certainly something the Tigers are excited about, however his future will depend on how he's able to harness that pitch. The 23-year-old has struggled with command - he walked 70 and struck out 115 in 113 1/3 innings with Class A Advanced Lakeland.
Sandy Baez, RHP (DET No. 26) -- Baez's numbers don't look pretty as he went 1-9 with a 5.64 ERA in 33 appearances (15 starts) with Double-A Erie this season and posted a 5.02 ERA over nine appearances (14 1/3 innings) in the Majors. However, the right-hander has an above-average fastball that sits in the mid-90s and touches the upper-90s and has shown an impressive changeup. Baez also throws a slider although it lacks consistency.
Eduardo Jimenez, RHP -- Jimenez pitched a career-high 50 innings in 2018 and struck out 51, while walking 20. The 23-year-old Venezuelan posted a 3.42 ERA across 40 innings with Lakeland.
John Schreiber, RHP -- After posting a 0.54 ERA over 50 1/3 innings in 2017, Schreiber was bumped up to Double-A for the 2018 campaign. The former 15th-round Draft pick (2016) did give up a few more runs, but still put up impressive numbers while setting career highs in appearances (49) and innings (58). Schreiber posted a 2.48 ERA, struck out 59 and walked 19.
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