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Tigers Arizona Fall League updates

October 21, 2019

Six Tigers prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Right-hander Anthony Castro (No. 20), outfielder Derek Hill (No. 28), right-hander Alex Lange (No. 30), outfielder Jose Azocar, right-hander Billy Lescher and left-hander Trent Szkutnik. Third baseman Isaac Paredes (No. 5) was removed from

Paredes leaves AFL to prepare for winter ball

@beckjason
October 14, 2019

DETROIT -- Isaac Paredes’ season in the Arizona Fall League is over. The infielder, ranked as the Tigers' No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was removed from the Mesa Solar Sox roster as he prepares for winter ball in his native Mexico. Paredes returned to his hometown of Hermosillo on

Inbox: Which prospects are ready to step up?

Beat reporter Jason Beck answers Tigers fans' questions
@beckjason
October 7, 2019

While baseball’s postseason heats up, the Tigers’ offseason is already underway. And with that, the questions of how the Tigers can begin to climb out from their 114 losses in 2019 begin to take on more urgency. The Tigers’ front office, manager and most of the coaching staff are set.

Pipeline names Tigers Prospects of the Year

Infielder Paredes and left-hander Skubal honored as 2019 standouts
@beckjason
September 19, 2019

Mike Rabelo was like a lot of Tigers fans going into the season. Even the manager of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves didn’t know a whole lot about Tarik Skubal -- until the left-hander joined his rotation this summer. “I knew the name. I’d never seen him throw,” Rabelo admitted recently.

Series vs. Orioles could have Draft implications

@beckjason
September 13, 2019

DETROIT -- While Spencer Torkelson was presumably enjoying a Friday night at Arizona State, and Emerson Hancock was likely doing the same at Georgia, the Tigers were trying to dig their way out of an early deficit against the Orioles at Comerica Park. They strung together two sixth-inning runs and

AFL will be a good test for prospect Paredes

@beckjason
September 10, 2019

DETROIT -- The Tigers will spend October watching the postseason from afar, but one move by a contending club to try to boost its playoff chances could have ramifications for Detroit’s rebuilding effort. When the Cubs called up top prospect Nico Hoerner to help fill a void at shortstop created

Inbox: Which Tigers prospects will debut in '20?

@beckjason
September 9, 2019

With football season under way -- complete with the crazy Lions season opener -- and the Tigers on the opposite end from the playoff picture, it’s easy to forget that three weeks remain in baseball’s regular season. The Tigers have clinched their first 100-loss season since 2003, but unless they

Tigers claim outfielder Stokes from Brewers

@beckjason
September 3, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers’ search for impact position talent continued Tuesday, when they claimed outfield prospect Troy Stokes Jr. off waivers from the Brewers. The 23-year-old Stokes, who was ranked as Milwaukee's No. 20 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was added to Detroit's 40-man roster, but he was not called

Perseverance leads Garcia to Tigers callup 

@beckjason
September 1, 2019

DETROIT -- This is the moment that pushed Bryan Garcia through the workouts and the frustrations last summer as he rehabbed from Tommy John surgery. The former University of Miami closer was seemingly on the fast track to the big leagues, rocketing from Class A West Michigan to Triple-A Toledo

See you in '20? Top prospects unlikely to get call

@beckjason
August 29, 2019

DETROIT -- No, Matt Manning isn’t joining the Tigers for September callups. Nor are fellow highly touted pitching prospects Tarik Skubal and Alex Faedo. They’re all part of Double-A Erie’s playoff drive, and they’re nearing innings limits, just as Casey Mize did before being shut down a week ago. Asked

Familiar faces abound for Castro's home debut

Goodrum out until at least mid-September; Rabelo to manage in Fall League
@beckjason
August 27, 2019

DETROIT -- Francisco Lindor remembers Willi Castro as the quiet kid in the corner in Spring Training, seen but rarely heard. “What stood out about him was how he was always working quietly,” Lindor said Tuesday before the Tigers' 10-1 loss to the Indians at Comerica Park. “He was never

Tigers' stud Double-A staff is scary good

@beckjason
August 26, 2019

ERIE, Pa. -- Casey Mize and Alex Faedo were working out in the outfield at UPMC Park a week and a half ago, ahead of the SeaWolves’ series opener against Akron, when Faedo shared a tip. Indians top prospect and Akron third baseman Nolan Jones had homered off Faedo a

Tigers call up shortstop prospect Castro

@beckjason
August 24, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS –- Willi Castro was just getting out of the clubhouse bathroom during a blowout loss for the Toledo Mud Hens Friday night in Columbus when he was told to sit down. He wondered if he was being disciplined for something. Instead, Hens manager Doug Mientkiewicz was giving him the

Tigers shut down healthy Mize for rest of year

@beckjason
August 21, 2019

Casey Mize’s first full professional season is over. The Tigers have decided to shut down their top prospect with just under two weeks left in the season for Double-A Erie. “We've made the decision after review and talking to Casey that we're going to skip his next three starts to

Rogers enjoys chance to play vs. former team

@alysonfooter
August 19, 2019

HOUSTON -- While it's true Jake Rogers wasn't the marquee name in the blockbuster trade that sent Tigers icon Justin Verlander to Houston two years ago, the catcher has the distinction of being the first prospect from that massive deal to reach the big leagues. This week, Rogers hopes to

Rogers’ dart saves Edwin’s second straight win

@beckjason
August 14, 2019

DETROIT -- Edwin Jackson became the first Tiger to win back-to-back starts since Matthew Boyd in early May. Detroit’s bullpen held onto a one-run lead for four innings in a 3-2 win over the Mariners Wednesday night at Comerica Park. But the biggest out of the night went to Jake

Michigan native Schreiber gets big league callup

Draft pick Greene promoted to West Michigan; McKay claimed off waivers
@beckjason
August 8, 2019

DETROIT -- John Schreiber grew up a Tigers fan in Downriver Detroit, born in Wyandotte and raised in Rockwood, where he still resides. Brandon Inge was his favorite Tiger, but so was Jeremy Bonderman. Schreiber went to a Tigers playoff game as a kid. Schreiber chased his baseball aspirations to

Tigers prospect Rivera suspended for PEDs

Struggling 2017 second rounder receives 80-game punishment
@beckjason
August 8, 2019

DETROIT -- One-time Tigers second-round pick Reynaldo Rivera, a first baseman/outfielder at Class A West Michigan, received an 80-game suspension without pay from Major League Baseball on Wednesday after testing positive for Tenbolone, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension is effective immediately, not only ending Rivera’s 2019 campaign, but carrying into

All that Jazz: Hicks ready for Players' Weekend

Skubal, Rodriguez notch Minor League honors
@beckjason
August 7, 2019

DETROIT -- John Hicks was years away from even dreaming about playing baseball, let alone being a Major Leaguer, when his Players’ Weekend nickname was born. “When I was a kid, anytime music would come on, I would start dancing,” Hicks explained. “It started out like, ‘You’re a little jazz

Tigers work under the wire in 'rigid' Deadline

Detroit adds three arms to farm; 'Nothing really close' on Boyd
@beckjason
August 1, 2019

The Tigers put in a summer of work to be ready for the Trade Deadline. It all came down to one hour. The way the Tigers’ dealings have played out, this was always going to be the end. The emergence of analytics has allowed organizations to put precise values on

Rogers' night of firsts runs the gamut

Tigers' No. 7 prospect 'took some deep breaths and got after it'
July 31, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Reminded to take a deep breath and soak in all that was about to happen, Jake Rogers played nine innings Tuesday night at Angel Stadium in a game that he is not about to forget anytime soon. The Tigers were unable to follow up on their success from

Tigers call up C prospect Rogers

@beckjason
July 30, 2019

The long road to Detroit for catching prospect Jake Rogers ended Tuesday with an early-morning flight to the West Coast. The Tigers called up their highly regarded backstop for Tuesday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim. Rogers, the Tigers’ No. 7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, received the news Monday

Inbox: Will Tigers deal Boyd or Castellanos?

Detroit reporter Jason Beck answers fans' questions
@beckjason
July 22, 2019

Time to dig into the Tigers Inbox with just over a week to go until the Trade Deadline: Which Tigers player will get the biggest return at the Deadline? -- JP, Kentwood, Mich. If Matthew Boyd is traded, he’ll get the biggest return. The three extra seasons he can offer

Tigers No. 17 prospect Skubal impressing

@beckjason
July 16, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Tarik Skubal was an Arizona high school lefty with an inconsistent fastball and not much knowledge about the Pacific Northwest when Seattle University came calling five years ago. “They saw me throw in one of the fall classics in high school, and that was my only Division I

Mize's return brief, but free of setbacks

@beckjason
July 10, 2019

Casey Mize’s return to game action was a brief one thanks to one long inning. The top pitching prospect in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 left in the first inning of what was essentially a rehab start for Class A Advanced Lakeland Wednesday night. Though the quick exit raised worries about