TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tigers prospect Joe Jimenez promoted to Double-A Erie

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Hard-throwing reliever Joe Jimenez, one of the top prospects in the Detroit Tigers' farm system, has been promoted from High-A Lakeland to Double-A Erie. While the move has not been confirmed by the parent club or the SeaWolves' official Twitter account, Jimenez tweeted the good news on his...
Via Bless You Boys
10 hours ago

Resurgent Verlander helps Tigers rebound from rough stretch

DETROIT (AP) -- After allowing seven runs to the Cleveland Indians on May 3, Justin Verlander took to Twitter -- always a risky move for an athlete, especially one coming off a frustrating performance. "I'm going to dominate soon! I'm close," his tweet said. "Doubt me if you want. We'll see." Since then, Verlander has backed up his bold words, allowing just four runs in four starts...
Via Associated Press
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Is there any help coming from the Farm?

Checking in on the Detroit Tigers Top-20 Prospects according to MLB.com and how they are doing so far in the 2016 season. Some are doing very well and already helping the big club, others are not doing so hot. 1. RHP Michael Fulmer Acquired by the Detroit Tigers in the Yoenis Cespedes trade. Age: 23 2016 Season: 3-1, 5.13 ERA, 26.1 IP, 10 BB, 33 K with the Detroit Tigers 1-1...
Via The Majors Detroit
19 hours ago

Tigers sign former prospect to contract 62 years after he declined $26,000 offer

Each year, the Detroit Tigers sign several players to new contracts, as every team does. But 62 years ago, one man turned down an offer, one that would have netted him $26,000. Earl Robinette was a Tigers prospect with a big outfield arm and switch-hitting ability. He was also a part of a family that owned a farm, which played a huge role in his decision to decline the contract...
Via Fox Sports
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maybin changes approach to fit Tigers' game plan

Cameron Maybin doesn't only hit singles, but it reflects his mentality on making contact. It's not what Tigers officials expected when they drafted him a decade ago. It's what they need him to be now.
Via Tigers.com
19 hours ago

Detroit Tigers: Send Sanchez to the bullpen

For the entire season up to this point, and for all of 2015, Detroit Tigers right hander Anibal Sanchez has struggled to pitch deep into ballgames and rarely gives his team a chance to win. In his past 8 starts this year, the Tigers have lost 7 of them. The calendar is quickly turning to June and the Detroit Tigers need to make a move sooner rather than later. It does not make sense...
Via isportsweb.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus’ meltdown hoodie fetches $5,000 at auction

The hoodie and cap Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus utilized as improvised props during a fantastic meltdown earlier this season has fetched $5,010 in an auction on MLB.com. The final bid amount on Ausmus' hoodie and cap closed at $5,010 https://t.co/rmt76RoYyi pic.twitter.com/19eh9mZVJf — Catherine Slonksnis (@CSlonksnis) May 26, 2016 Ausmus not surprisingly was ejected...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Drew VerHagen placed on 7-day DL by Toledo for undisclosed injury

VerHagen was recently sent to Triple-A to work on some control and command issues. It's somewhat of a mystery at the moment, but Drew VerHagen has been placed on the seven-day disabled list by the Toledo Mud Hens. He was put on the DL to make room for left-handed pitcher Matt Crouse, who is subbing for lefty Matt Boyd, who is in limbo waiting to see whether he'll be sent to California...
Via Bless You Boys
21 hours ago

Tigers' Alex Wilson is having trouble with runners on base

Wilson's numbers have taken a big drop when the bases are occupied. There were very few bright spots in the Tigers bullpen last season, but Alex Wilson was one of them. Though his addition to Detroit seemed like nothing more than an afterthought in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, Wilson wound up being one of the most reliable Tigers relievers in 2015. Wilson appeared in the third-highest...
Via Bless You Boys
23 hours ago

Fulmer aims to restart Tigers' win streak

The Tigers-A's series opens with a matchup of two promising rookies in Michael Fulmer and Sean Manaea, each making their sixth Major League start.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Greene sharp; no blister issues in rehab start

Shane Greene tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out seven in his second Minor League rehab start, this one for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday morning against Durham. Whether he'll make another rehab start as he builds back his pitch count following a right middle finger blister at the end of April isn't yet clear.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

Miguel Cabrera gives thumbs up to Jeremy Hellickson on strikeout pitch

In the first two games of their series in Detroit, the Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to control Miguel Cabrera, but Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson got the future Hall of Famer to go down swinging on Tuesday night. Cabrera was impressed, and extended a seal of approval on the good pitch from the Phillies’ starter with a thumbs up. Hellickson got Cabrera to swing...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera gives pitcher props for strikeout pitch

Miguel Cabrera hit a RBI double in the first inning of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Phillies, but was greeted by a nasty changeup during his next at-bat that caused him to go down swinging. Cabrera had fouled off a few pitches up to that point, but elected to chase the nasty 2-2 pitch and struck out to end the third inning. It was so good that he even gave pitcher Jeremy Hellickson...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander shines, Rodriguez earns 400th save in Detroit win

DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings, and Francisco Rodriguez held on for his 400th save in the Detroit Tigers' 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs for Detroit. Since losing 11 of 12 earlier this month, the Tigers have now won eight of nine. Verlander (4-4) has allowed only four runs over...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kinsler scratched from Detroit lineup with flu-like symptoms

DETROIT (AP) Ian Kinsler has been scratched from the Detroit lineup for Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia because of flu-like symptoms. Mike Aviles is set to play second base in Kinsler's place. The Detroit lineup is also without outfielder Justin Upton again. He sat out Monday night's game because of right quadriceps tightness. Outfielder Cameron Maybin replaces Kinsler...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Moya and Maybin rejuvenate the outfield

The Detroit Tigers are currently 19-22 and fourth in the AL Central Division. The Tigers’ bats haven’t been what they should be this year and the outfield hasn’t helped. Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Anthony Gose, and Tyler Collins just haven’t gotten it done, but two newcomers to the roster have helped the Tigers win four of their past five games. Steven Moya and Cameron...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Putting the Detroit Tigers streaky play in perspective

The Detroit Tigers recently went through one of the ugliest streaks of any team in baseball this season, prompting much talk about relieving Brad Ausmus of his managerial duties, second-guessing of offseason signings, and general despair and rage among fans. On May 3, the Tigers began a stretch of 13 games against opponents who all currently boast winning records and are certainly...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler is Turning Back the Clock

Usually, we expect players to follow a more or less expected curve of decline when they hit their 30s. Obviously everyone is different, but baseball is a young man’s game, and father time comes for us all. Research by Jeff Zimmerman in 2013 showed that hitters don’t even tend to peak nowadays: on average, they perform at a plateau upon reaching the majors, then they decline...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander predicted his own recent dominance

Leon Halip/Getty Images Justin Verlander has never not sounded confident in his abilities.  The confidence has beamed in 2011 and ’12 when he was the best pitcher on the planet and in 2014, ’15 and most of the young 2016 when he looked like Joe Schmo. Two and a half weeks ago, Verlander tweeted such confidence:   At the time, he had just gotten shellacked by the Cleveland...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton visited penguins at Detroit Zoo Thursday

Justin Verlander and fiancee Kate Upton spent the Tigers’ off day Thursday at the Detroit Zoo at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. The 33,000-square-foot facility is a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area where visitors can watch as more than 80 penguins of four species explore their habitat. It’s the largest penguin facility on Earth. Instagram/@justinverlander  ...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus auctions off the hoodie from his dramatic ejection

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus put on a show while getting tossed from a game earlier this week against the lowly Minnesota Twins. Now he and the Tigers are looking to create a positive spin on an otherwise lamentable moment for the Tigers manager. While arguing in demonstrative fashion with home plate umpire Doug Eddings on Monday night, Ausmus ripped off his hoodie and placed...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera loses bat in the stands, Tigers fan gives it back

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera took a mighty cut at a Jose Berrios pitch in the first inning of Monday's Twins-Tigers game and sent his bat soaring behind the Tigers' dugout.A fan made a solid catch and fortunately no one was injured (though he did have to fight off other fans trying to secure a souvenir.)Whatever flies in the stands at a baseball game immediately becomes the property...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Ausmus goes nuts, takes off jersey

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus watched his team give up seven unanswered runs after jumping out to a 8-0 lead in Monday night’s game against the Twins, and his frustration boiled over when Nick Castellanos was punched out in the fourth inning on a borderline strike call. Ausmus went off on Doug Eddings—an umpire who is known for having a pitcher-friendly strike zone...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers rookie Warwick Saupold's mom flew 27 hours to see his MLB debut

Warwick Saupold’s mom waited a lifetime to see her son make his major league debut, and she wasn’t about to miss it – even if it came on very short notice and took 27 hours to get there.The Detroit Tigers reliever told his mother, Deanna, on Friday Australian time that he would be called up from Class AAA Toledo, according to the Detroit Free Press. But 11,566 miles stood between...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Castellanos’ Launch-Angle Improvements

If you look at Nick Castellanos‘ traditional statistics, you obviously will notice that something is different. His OPS is over 1.000 after messing around in the 700 level before. This was the kind of improvement we were hoping for! The wait is over! If you look at the next level, things begin to muddy. Over 40% of the third baseman’s balls in play have fallen for hits, compared...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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