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Tigers phenom turns in latest great camp catch

July 13, 2020

DETROIT -- The Tigers brought their top prospects to Summer Camp to gain valuable experience and advice from established Major Leaguers. Their outfield prospects are now taking turns stealing hits from them. And after Riley Greene’s effort to reach over the fence and take a home run away from C.J.

Tigers' tech helps Burrows get back in sync

July 12, 2020

DETROIT -- Beau Burrows had been anticipating that moment to step on the mound at Comerica Park for the better part of five years, through the twists and turns of his difficult climb up the Tigers' farm system. Once he set foot there this week, it didn’t matter that he

Greene relishing 2nd chance at 1st Majors camp

July 10, 2020

DETROIT -- The last time Riley Greene took the field at Comerica Park, he was launching home runs onto the right-field porch and hearing Miguel Cabrera joking that he wanted keep Greene there. That was last summer, when Greene was the Tigers’ first-round Draft pick. The last time Greene took

Torkelson begins lessons at 'Camp Trammell'

July 8, 2020

DETROIT -- Spencer Torkelson’s first at-bat at Comerica Park came and went with no cheering crowd, no big announcement. It was a pinch-hit groundout to short in an intrasquad game on Wednesday afternoon against Tigers lefty reliever Nick Ramirez. Torkelson’s bigger step came earlier in the day. When camp games

Top farm systems: Right-handed pitchers

July 7, 2020

The time has come to put a wrap on our series taking a closer look at how all 30 farm systems stack up when ranked by position. We’ve already looked at left-handed pitchers, middle infielders, corner infielders and catchers, leaving us with just right-handers left to tackle. Below are our

'Wild week': Torkelson, Mize soak in Tigers camp

July 7, 2020

DETROIT – Matthew Boyd and Miguel Cabrera were talking in the Tigers' clubhouse when Spencer Torkelson walked by. "As he was walking down the hallway, Miggy started yelling at him: 'Hey, get on this side of the locker room soon. We need you,'" Boyd said. That was the welcome to

Top farm systems: Left-handed pitchers

July 5, 2020

After beginning our deeper dive into all 30 farm systems by ranking the top organizations at catcher, corner infield and middle infield, MLB Pipeline closed out last week with a look at the 10 best systems based on outfield talent. That now brings us to pitchers -- left-handers, specifically, before

Notes: Gardy sees a bit of Mauer in Torkelson

Turnbull's dad aids in tuneup; Policelli impresses
July 5, 2020

DETROIT -- Credit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire for his words of wisdom for Spencer Torkelson to try to loosen up the top overall Draft pick on his first pro workout Saturday at Comerica Park. “I was trying to get a loan,” Gardenhire deadpanned, “see what he had.” OK, that wasn’t

No. 1 overall pick Torkelson puts on show in BP

July 4, 2020

DETROIT -- Spencer Torkelson put on a show for the Fourth of July. Only the Tigers had the chance to see it. The buzz had been building during the day about Torkelson taking batting practice on Saturday afternoon, less than four weeks after the Tigers made him the first overall

Manning makes big impression at Comerica

Tigers' No. 2 prospect hopeful strong Spring Training will carry over
July 3, 2020

DETROIT -- The last time the Tigers were together in Spring Training, Matt Manning was looking forward to pitching against the Yankees on a Friday night in Tampa, Fla., a showcase under the lights against a lineup that was expected to include some Bronx regulars. The coronavirus pandemic scuttled those

Tigers finalize deals with 4 undrafted free agents

July 1, 2020

DETROIT -- Better late than never, the Tigers on Wednesday officially announced their first batch of undrafted free-agent signings. In addition to Loyola-Marymount first baseman Trevin Esquerra, whose agreement was reported last week, the Tigers signed University of Florida outfielder Austin Langworthy, College of Central Florida right-hander Carson King and

Tigers sign No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson

June 30, 2020

DETROIT -- Spencer Torkelson is officially a Tiger. The team announced it has reached an agreement with the top overall pick from this month’s MLB Draft. Torkelson was also added to the Tigers’ 60-man player pool for Summer Camp and will join them when full-squad workouts begin next Monday at

Sources: Tigers, top pick Torkelson near deal

June 28, 2020

DETROIT – The Tigers released their 60-man player pool for Summer Camp on Sunday without Spencer Torkelson’s name on it. That is expected to change soon, as the Tigers work to finalize a contract with the first overall pick from the 2020 MLB Draft. Torkelson and the Tigers are close

Tigers agree to deal with LMU slugger Esquerra

June 27, 2020

The Tigers have reached a deal with their first non-drafted free agent, agreeing with Loyola Marymount University first baseman Trevin Esquerra. The university announced Esquerra’s deal on their Twitter account and website. The Tigers have yet to announce any non-drafted free agent signings. Esquerra just completed his senior season for

Tigers aim to balance roster depth, development

June 25, 2020

DETROIT -- The camera sat just over Casey Mize’s right shoulder, possibly the most important body part in the Tigers’ rebuilding effort, as Detroit’s top prospect threw in the indoor facility he has been using near his Nashville, Tenn., area home. He announced on Twitter a couple hours earlier that

4th-round pick Workman, Tigers agree to deal

June 19, 2020

DETROIT -- The Tigers have agreed to terms with one third baseman they drafted from Arizona State, reaching a deal with fourth-round pick Gage Workman on Friday. Workman’s slot value was $571,400. The deal leaves two Tigers picks from last week’s MLB Draft left to negotiate. Top overall pick Spencer

Tigers agree to deal with 2nd-round pick Dingler

June 18, 2020

DETROIT -- The Tigers felt like they picked up a first-round talent when Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler fell to their spot at the start of the second round. On Thursday, the team announced it has agreed to terms with its latest catching prospect, officially adding him to the system.

Tigers reach deals with draftees Cruz, Keith

June 17, 2020

Trei Cruz’s journey toward becoming a third-generation Major Leaguer is about to get started. The Tigers have agreed to terms with the Rice University infielder, their third-round pick in last week’s MLB Draft. The Tigers announced the deal, as well as one with third baseman Colt Keith, their fifth-round pick

Mike Cameron to son Daz: 'Keep it simple'

June 17, 2020

Like a lot of parents, former Major League All-Star Mike Cameron has spent a lot of time with his kids during the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re having life conversations. Unlike a lot of parents, however, Cameron is the parent of a Tigers outfield prospect who’s trying to work his way

Tigers' pick following footsteps of dad, grandpa

June 12, 2020

Jose Cruz Jr. hit his second and third Major League home runs on a breezy Friday night at Tiger Stadium, both deep to right-center off Omar Olivares. He hit another one there six weeks later off Dan Miceli, and another there the following September, completing a late-season tear after his

Tigers score heavy hits with 2020 Draft class

June 12, 2020

DETROIT -- The Tigers spent years accumulating high school and college pitchers at the top of their Drafts. They began to transition toward hitting last year with the arrival of high-schooler Riley Greene. But for the first time in recent memory, the Tigers will remember this Draft as the year

With Dingler in mix, Tigers' future spells dingers

3rd-round pick Trei Cruz has baseball in his family history
June 11, 2020

Tigers scouting director Scott Pleis would love to say he planned out the MLB Draft this way, to grab a handful of impact college hitters, starting off with No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson, and then walk off with an advanced high school hitter. But he can’t. “I think the

No. 1 pick Torkelson's got the power, will to win

Chosen as a 3B, slugger says 'I'll take it and run with it'
June 11, 2020

For the second time in three years, the Tigers had the first overall pick in the MLB Draft. For the first time in franchise history, they used the top overall pick to swing for the fences with an infielder. There’s a whole lot more history that goes with Spencer Torkelson,

What will Tigers do with Draft's top pick?

June 10, 2020

The last time the Tigers struggled through as rough of a season as they did last year, they used their first-round Draft pick the following summer to jump-start their turnaround. Justin Verlander’s arrival was the hope Tigers fans needed following a 119-loss season in 2003.

Who's No. 1? Tigers weighing options

May 31, 2020

For the second time in three years, the Tigers own the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft. The goal remains the same, to select the most talented player, but the process is entirely different than it was when they selected right-hander Casey Mize in 2018. With the coronavirus ending