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    Spring Training

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    week 1 roundup

    We all got giddy about seeing Riley Greene, Matt Manning, and Casey Mize as we look back at the Detroit Tigersí Saturday and Sunday spring training games.

    The Detroit Tigers started on Friday with an exhibition game against Southeastern as Tarik Skubal took the mound for the start of spring training. The cold weather did not affect Skubal one bit. He left many Tigers fans wanting more as he struck out five of the six batters he faced but as a reminder to all, he was facing college batters.

    Still, this was fun to watch as he was hitting 98 with his fastball and threw 18 of his 22 pitches for strikes. As Jason Beck points out, the radar gun this year at Joker Marchant Stadium uses the Trackman system so it is much more accurate than a generous radar gun can be.

    Rony Garcia also made his Tigers debut as he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in just over an inning of work. The Tigers rallied twice in the game to come back and won on a Daniel Pinero walk-off single. It was the only time they led in the game.
    The Opening Day Lineup Made Its Debut

    What appeared to be the Opening Day lineup against the Indians made its debut on Saturday. Jordan Zimmermann allowed only one hit in 2 innings pitched and showed a slider that he has been working on with a changeup but he walked three. Beau Burrows, the Tigersí former first-round draft pick struggled as he pitched just two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs on four hits. This is a major camp for Burrows as the Tigers appear to have him working out of the bullpen.

    Tyler Alexander, David McKay, Kyle Funkhouser, and Bryan Garcia all had solid outings as they are fighting for spots in the pen. On the offensive side, Jonathan Schoop RBI double drove in C.J Cron as the Tigers new right side of the infield made an impressive debut. Jeimer Candelario, Christin Stewart, JaCoby Jones, Miguel Cabrera, and Niko Goodrum all had hits among the regulars. We also got a glimpse of Brock Deatherage and Nick Quintana in pinch-hitting duties.
    The Future Is Now

    Sunday saw split-squad action for the first time as one squad took on the Pirates in Bradenton, while the other squad traveled to North Port to take on the Braves. The Braves game was televised on Fox Sports Detroit but with the announcers of Fox Sports South so there were a lot of interviews of coaches and players among the Braves squad. Both games provided some glimmers of the future.

    Casey Mize made his debut after Zack Godley started and went one inning, allowing a pair of doubles and walked a batter but showed off his splitter, getting a few swings and misses. He had a hard time locating his fastball but still, it was good to see him take the mound.

    Alex Fadeo made an impressive debut, allowing just two hits in 1.2 innings pitched. His slider had some nasty movement.

    Another headline from this game was the performances of first-round draft picks Riley Greene and Derek Hill. Hill went opposite field off veteran Richard Rodriguez and finished the day going 2 for 3. He could make a strong case to be the Tigers 26th man.

    Riley Greene decided to make some noise of his own as he hit a home run and drew a pair of walks and a great defensive play in right. Prospect Daniel Pinero also went deep in the game

    Against the Braves, the pitching stood out. Matt Manning made his spring debut with two solid innings of work. He showed a variety of pitches including his change-up, a pitch he has been working on. Most notable I thought was the performance of Gregory Soto, who threw the hardest among the Tigers pitchers. The lefty was hitting 96 and good command of the slider. The Tigers need a lefty to step up out of the pen this year so Soto could be it.

    In the position battle for third base, Dawiel Lugo went 0-2 and we did get a chance to see 2019 draft pick Andre Lipcius play third and got a hit in his only at-bat. Cole Peterson, who has one of the best defensive gloves in the Tigers system, drove in an RBI with a solid single up the middle. Daz Cameron started the game in right and went 1 for 2. Another outfield prospect that did well was Jose Azocar, who went 1 for 2. Despite striking out, Azocarís approach at the plate was solid, taking good pitches and did not seem overwhelmed at the plate.

    Overall, there were some positive signs of the future after the first weekend of spring training for the Tigers. We will continue to recap all the spring training action.
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    I think Greene has a chance to be a top 25 prospect by end of season with an outside chance of top 10. This kid can hit.

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    I like the Greene kid, a lot. He is growing on me quickly. As much as I like Paredes, he's right there with him. If we can get Meadows, Liniak, and Deathrage on track we might just have something.

    The real issue here is the now at 3B and SS. Oh my lord is it bad. Third base is a disaster. You have two guys that were suppose to be good trade prospects we got from other teams but can't hit their weight. Candelario is hitting just .059 with one hit in 17 at bats. They are trying to give him as many reps as they can but how soon before we have to change plans here. He hasn't proven he can hit consistently in the MLB and he is off to a horrible start this off season. Diddo with Lugo. He is batting a whopping .083 with one hit in 12 at bats. Again, there giving him reps but he isn't taking advantage either. So do you slide Goodrum (.250) over or put Castro (.238) or Mercer (.273) at third? Goodrum has at least proven he can hit in the MLB and then we can put better fielding SS candidates like Willi Castro (.333) or my personal favorite in defensive wiz Sergio Alcantara hitting at a .462 clip with just as many at bats as the rest of the crew. No he may not have the power but if he can hit .250 with his fielding, then he should be the guy. Something has to be done about 3B because Peredes won't be ready till about 3/4 through the season.

    Some other issues I have already are with Stewart (.083), Maybin (.077), and Greiner (.091). Stewart has not proven to me yet that he will be a productive MLB player and his defense is a huge negative. If he can't be productive at the plate then he needs to go. I have no problem sending him to the minors until he gets on track. We have two guys who can fill his spot right now in Reyes (.400) and Stokes (.385). I'd gladly start with an outfield of Stokes in LF, Jacoby in CF, and Reyes in RF. Maybin can be the backup, as I think he should be.
    As for Greiner, he is being given every opportunity to be the back up catcher to Romine but his hitting hasn't improved yet and although it's early I think Haase should see more at bats than Greiner right now.

    I know it's early on but it's not looking good for some of these guys that needed to prove themselves.

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    I like Deathrage because that's an awesome name

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    Love seeing at the homers being hit this spring. Hopefully this keeps up and they will at the very least have some excitement from the offense. Much different that how painful they were to watch last year.

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    I actually watched a couple innings yesterday so see Dem and Miggy go back to back in their first 2 ABs was fun to watch. Great chance it's the only HRs I see them hit all year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahoda View Post
    I actually watched a couple innings yesterday so see Dem and Miggy go back to back in their first 2 ABs was fun to watch. Great chance it's the only HRs I see them hit all year.
    I heard we roughed up Gerrit Cole and Big Mig slimmed down a bit. Always good to see him getting the conditioning done


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