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Prospect Faedo stands out in star-studded Erie

@beckjason
June 20, 2019

ERIE, Pa. -- The stands were empty at UPMC Park, the stadium nearly quiet, as the Tigers’ Double-A pitchers played catch in the left-field corner on Wednesday morning. The pop of ball hitting glove could be heard well down the line, the one-liners from pitcher to pitcher slightly less so,

Here are future All-Stars from AL Central 

@beckjason
June 20, 2019

Next month’s All-Star Game could feature a whole lot of Minnesota Twins and a selection of players from the rest of the American League Central. That’s a reflection of the way the division race has played out. But the AL Central All-Star competition could become a lot more crowded before

'Minor shoulder inflammation' for prospect Mize  

@beckjason
June 14, 2019

DETROIT -- The Tigers were hoping Casey Mize avoided a serious injury after the team’s top prospect left his start for Double-A Erie in the third inning Thursday night in Reading, Pa., and test results have eased their concerns. Though Mize has been placed on the seven-day injured list at

Tigers 2nd-rounder Quintana announces signing

@beckjason
June 10, 2019

DETROIT -- The Tigers wasted no time getting top pick Riley Greene into their system. Their second-round pick, University of Arizona third baseman Nick Quintana, wasn’t far behind. Quintana announced his signing Monday on Twitter with a photo of him putting his signature on the contract. The Tigers have not

Manning's journey a model for Tigers' top pick

@beckjason
June 10, 2019

Matt Manning has been where Riley Greene is now, a high-school graduate joining pro ball as a top-10 Draft pick, with a big contract and similar lofty expectations heading into the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. As Manning -- the Tigers’ last first-round pick out of high school back in 2016

Tigers owner has eyes on Mize's rise

@beckjason
June 8, 2019

DETROIT – Late Tigers owner Mike Ilitch talking with reporters in Comerica Park’s Tiger Club was a regular sighting once upon a time, when the room was used to announce big free-agent signings. As the Tigers introduced top Draft pick Riley Greene on Friday afternoon, Tigers chairman/CEO Christopher Ilitch was

Top pick Greene puts on show at BP

@beckjason
June 7, 2019

DETROIT -- The first question posed to Riley Greene at his introductory press conference was whether he still wanted to play center field after looking out at the vast territory of Comerica Park. He smiled and said yes. “Just seeing the stadium, walking on the concourse and everything, it’s just

Hitters highlight Detroit's 2019 Draft

Tigers use first six picks on position players for first time in team history
@beckjason
June 6, 2019

DETROIT -- The Tigers’ guiding philosophy for years has been that they can never have enough pitching. Their 2019 Draft will go down as the year they broke trend and grabbed hitters. The change was clear early: Despite the best pitcher in the Draft still being on the board, Detroit

Avila: Mize won't be joining Tigers anytime soon

@beckjason
June 6, 2019

DETROIT -- Tigers general manager Al Avila returned from the Draft meetings in Lakeland, Fla., having added some offensive punch to the team's rebuilding effort. He went back to work with questions about when Detroit's advanced prospects will be making the trip to Comerica Park. Again, Avila preached patience, especially

Sloppy defense sinks Tigers on wet night

Three errors, no hitting plagues Detroit in loss to Rays
@beckjason
June 5, 2019

DETROIT -- Seven weeks after Tigers prospect Parker Meadows hit an inside-the-park home run for Class A West Michigan, his older brother Austin did a similar lap around the bases at Comerica Park. His trek home was easier, after second baseman Harold Castro’s throw to third bounced past Dawel Lugo

Tigers sign top Draft pick Riley Greene

@beckjason
June 5, 2019

DETROIT – The Tigers wasted little time signing top pick Riley Greene. They didn’t even wait until the end of the MLB Draft.

Tigers tab 'dynamic OF' Greene with 5th pick

Detroit also takes third baseman Quintana on Day 1 of Draft
@beckjason
June 4, 2019

DETROIT -- Tigers scouting crosschecker James Orr had just moved to Oviedo, Fla, just outside Orlando, when University of Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan told him about a recruit. Riley Greene had committed to the Gators as a freshman, and he was starting to get attention on the national scene. That’s

Tigers shifting Draft focus to offense

Detroit showing interest in outfielders Bleday, Greene
@beckjason
June 3, 2019

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers have built their rebuilding project around pitchers, spending their past four first-round Draft picks on starters. They’ve been searching far and wide for impact hitters to go with all those arms, from later Draft picks to trades to international signings. The way this year’s MLB Draft

Tigers prep for surprises with their 1st pick

Zimmermann throws two-inning sim game; Mercer, Harrison to see specialist
@beckjason
May 31, 2019

ATLANTA -- The last time the Tigers had to worry about teams picking in front of them in the MLB Draft, they ended up with a surprise when eventual College World Series hero Alex Faedo fell to their pick at No. 18. “We didn't think Faedo was getting to us,”

New podcast gives Tigers' farm system a voice

@beckjason
May 24, 2019

DETROIT -- Long before Dan Hasty became the radio voice of the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps, he grew up checking box scores of Tigers' Minor League teams. As Tigers fans try to keep tabs on the current prospects making their way up Detroit’s farm system, he’s hoping to give

Inbox: What's the state of the Tigers' rebuild?

Beat reporter Jason Beck answers questions from Detroit fans
@beckjason
May 20, 2019

Man, those prospect questions dried up this week. What has impressed me about doing this mailbag over the past couple of months has been the level of interest on Tigers prospects and the farm system in general, and the level of understanding about a rebuilding team. With Detroit coming off

Prospect Rogers makes jump to Triple-A Toledo

Injury updates on pitching prospects Funkhouser, Burrows
@beckjason
May 14, 2019

DETROIT -- Jake Rogers has the defensive and pitch-calling skills to catch in the big leagues right now, some in the Tigers organization believe. The main thing keeping him at Double-A Erie had been his hitting. With a hot start at the plate, he’s making the jump to Triple-A Toledo.

Lefties Soto, Ramirez make debuts in Game 2

Miggy gets tossed in the 1st arguing with home-plate umpire
May 12, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire knew his pitching staff would be extended with a four-game weekend series in Minnesota. A Saturday doubleheader allowed two Detroit pitchers to make their Major League debuts. Gregory Soto, 24, started Saturday’s nightcap after being recalled from Double-A Erie as the team’s 26th man

2018 No. 1 pick throws 2 straight no-nos (sort of)

Tigers' top prospect records 56 outs without giving up a hit
@GoldenSombrero
May 4, 2019

While many pitching prospects have gotten off to strong starts in 2019, none have dominated quite like 2018 No. 1 overall Draft pick Casey Mize, who ran his streak of consecutive hitless innings pitched to 17 in his second start for Double-A Erie. After tossing a no-hitter on 98 pitches

Inbox: Will Tigers call up Mize this season?

Beat reporter Jason Beck fields fans' questions
@beckjason
April 29, 2019

With the Tigers enjoying an off-day in the middle of a 10-day road trip, it's a good time to empty the Inbox for your latest batch of Tigers questions.

Prospect Meadows shows flashes at Class A

West Michigan outfielder displays speed on inside-the-park homer
@beckjason
April 27, 2019

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. -- Tigers prospect Parker Meadows loves the chance to surprise people with the foot speed he can produce from his 6-foot-5 frame. But even he wasn’t thinking he’d have the chance to show it off as his drive hit the center-field fence two weeks ago. “I was

Tigers promote top prospect Mize to Double-A

Electric righty is the No. 16 prospect in baseball
@beckjason
April 25, 2019

The road to Detroit is taking Tigers top prospect Casey Mize out of Lakeland, Fla. The first overall pick from last year’s MLB Draft will make his next start for Double-A Erie, earning a promotion after dominating Florida State League hitters for four starts in April. “I'm very excited,” Mize

Stewart injures quad as muted offense falls in 10

@beckjason
April 17, 2019

DETROIT -- The bolt of lightning flashed across the downtown Detroit skyline beyond right field as Christin Stewart stood on deck in the eighth inning. Turns out it was not a sign of Roy Hobbs magic ahead. It could well end up being a reminder of what the Tigers will

Five AL Central prospects worth watching

@beckjason
April 11, 2019

The dig against the American League Central has been the same for the last couple of years: Too many rebuilding teams. Philosophically, the days of teams trying to stockpile veteran free agents to compete with the star-studded Tigers are over. The flip side of that complaint, however, is a wave

Stewart makes swap with fan for slam ball

Tigers outfielder trades autograph and bat for clutch home run ball
@beckjason
April 6, 2019

DETROIT -- All Christin Stewart needed to get his go-ahead grand-slam ball back Saturday was an autographed bat and a picture with the fan who caught it. “It was the first ball he’d caught at a game,” Stewart said after his seventh-inning drive completed the Tigers’ comeback for a 7-4