During my 2011-12 Top 15 prospects lists (in other words, prior to the 2012 season) I added a 16th player to each list by identifying a sleeper, or potential breakout star. Looking back more than a year later, I am still quite pleased with the picks â€“ although I had more than a few misses with my collection of hits. Prospecting writing is, after all, about trying to be right moreâ...
The Detroit Tigers rallied for four runs off Rafael Soriano in the seventh inning and beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Monday.
Given a 1-0 lead, Soriano allowed five hits and a walk, retiring just two batters. Detroit went ahead on RBI singles by Prince Fielder, Alex Avila, Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago. Tyler Collins added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Washington starter Jordan...
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March 18, 2013
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W: B. Rondon (1-1) L: C. Mazzoni (1-1) S: J. Alvarez (3)
HR: NYM - J. Valdespin (2) Â DET - T. Collins (1)
Tyler Collins hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth and Max Scherzer had six strikeouts in his second start of the spring as the Detroit Tigers downed the New York Mets, 3-2, on Friday...
Max Scherzer struck out six in 2 2-3 hitless innings Friday and the Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Mets 3-2.
Scherzer walked three. He was taken out after retiring the first two batters in the third inning.
Mets starter Dillon Gee allowed one hit in four innings. He gave up one run.
Tigers minor leaguer Tyler Collins hit a solo home run to break a tie in the eighth. The...
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March 08, 2013
Â This is Tyler Collins,Â I think. I have no idea. I've never actually seen him before. All I know is he isn't theÂ the R&B singer.
In the Tigers' 2013 spring training opener, Collins broke up a no hitter in the eighth inning with a triple, hit a double in the ninth, and also made a diving catch. He's one of the Tigers' top hitting prospects and he promises...
The TigersÂ officiallyÂ kicked off Spring Training on Friday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. Rick Porcello would have the duties of toeing the mound for the Tigers in the firstÂ exhibition game of the year with longtime veteran Tim Hudson opposing him for the Braves.
Porcello â€” who is fighting for the fifth spot in the Tigersâ€™ rotation â€” looked good over his two innings...
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This PED stuff is really interesting to me. My reaction to the latest reports on Biogenesis was a far cry from the disappointment that I had to similar reports in the (way) past. At this point in time, Iâ€™m surprised there werenâ€™t more people on the list. Or any Tigers for that matterÂ (well, none on the big league club, prospect Cesar Carillo was linked). If you...
None of the left fielders have been called up and none are likely to be called up before September. Even then, the numbers will be low. The left field contingent is simply younger than at most other positions. That will make the competition for the top ten in 2013 especially fierce. As we know, left field is usually a strong offensive position, so there will be no shortage...
One of the more enjoyable parts of the annual Top 15 prospects lists that I do at FanGraphs is unearthing and writing about new, unpolished prospect gems. As a result, I added an extra player to each Top 15 list during the pre-2012 series and highlighted a â€śsleeper prospectâ€ť that did not make it into the featured group.
The minor league regular season ends in less than a month...
Like with other positions, some of these players may be wearing different uniforms by the end of the month. A couple of them have moved up or down in the system, but most of them are in the same place where we found them. Yet, performance may have improved or gotten worse since the last time we looked in.
Josh Bellâ€“ Pittsburgh Pirates (A)
I call this the second update for left fielders, but I couldnâ€™t find the first one in the archives. I suppose these things happen, so I wanted to make sure this oversight doesnâ€™t happen again. Most big time prospects begin as center fielders and then move their way out. So, a lot of the younger guys here may not appear to be tremendous, but they may be displaced...
The minor league season is now well underway with a plethora of high-level performances by intriguing names from triple-A all the way down to low-A. Below is just a snapshot highlighting five strong starts to the season.
Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Current Level: A+
2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: 8th
Current Value: Holding Steady
Itâ€™s not easy jumping from short-season...