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Rob Rogacki

2018 MLB draft profile: OF Travis Swaggerty

Swaggerty’s power has taken a step forward this season, moving him closer to the top of the draft.

Despite its location in the heart of the deep south, the University of South Alabama hasn’t exactly been a hotbed of major league talent. They have turned out a few solid big leaguers over the years — Luis Gonzalez, Juan Pierre, and Adam Lind are among their most productive alums — but the Jaguars aren’t exactly a baseball factory like some other schools in the region.

Barring injury,...

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Rob Rogacki

Game 21 Preview: Tigers at Pirates

Turns out the Pirates might not be too bad.

A week ago, this article would have been titled “Holy s**t, the Pirates are actually pretty good.” They were 11-4 at the time, and coming off road series wins over the Cubs and Marlins. They were hitting well and pitching well, and their decision to trade Andrew McCutchen looked brilliant after his slow start to the year (Gerrit Cole, not so much).

One week later, things have changed dramatically. The Pirates went 1-6 last week, including a...

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Rob Rogacki

Dawel Lugo hits 1st homer of season for Mud Hens

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Toledo Mud Hens 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 0 (F/7) (box)

Blaine Hardy blanked the Red Sox for six innings, allowing just one hit and one walk in the first half of a doubleheader on Monday. Hardy struck out four and collected his second win of the young season. Offensively, the Hens were led by Dawel Lugo and Jim Adduci, who each hit solo home runs. Pete Kozma also drove in a run, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had...

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Jacob Markle

2018 MLB draft profile: RHP Sean Hjelle

The immense pitcher could see his draft position become a victim of the deep 2018 class.

One of the many perks of having the top draft spot is having the first draft pick in every round. The team with the No. 1 pick also has the ability to snatch up stray players who slip through the cracks in the first round. Lance McCullers’ selection by the Astros in 2012 is a prominent success story of a team stealing a player with a selection far later than expected. Rated as the No. 13 player in the...

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Go behind the scenes as Tigers prepare for Draft

The Tigers began their season three weeks ago, but for some, the most important moment of 2018 will come on June 4, when Detroit picks first in the MLB Draft. The team is giving fans a chance to go behind the scenes and follow the process as it prepares to make its pick.

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Tigers DFA VerHagen; prospect Gerber recalled

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said at the end of Spring Training that he and his staff would be testing relievers in different situations early in the season to see where each fits best. The club's first major decision appears to be on Drew VerHagen, who was designated for assignment on Monday.

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Brandon Day

Tigers recall Gerber, DFA VerHagen

Gerber returns to the majors after a two-day stint in the minors over the weekend.

After a rough couple of days for the Tigers’ bullpen, the roster is getting a slight makeover. On the plus side, Mike Gerber will return to the major leagues after getting his first taste during last Friday’s doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. He’ll join the big club in time to travel to Pittsburgh for the club’s three-game series with the Pirates starting on Tuesday. The move gives the...

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Tigers designate Drew VerHagen for assignment

The Tigers announced that they’ve recalled outfielder Mike Gerber from Triple-A Toledo and designated right-hander Drew VerHagen for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster. Gerber served as the 26th man in yesterday’s doubleheader but will now formally join the active roster.VerHagen, 27, has struggled with the Tigers in each of the past few seasons, totaling 63 2/3 innings with a 6.25 ERA, 6.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. The righty has a mid-90s heater that is averaging 96.1...

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John Marlatt

Links: Evaluating the Tigers after 20 games

An off-day look at Mike Gerber’s first game, the upcoming Pirates series, and other notable baseball news.

The Detroit Tigers sit at the 20 game mark, which seems as good a time as any to step back and evaluate what this team is at this point. On Saturday, the Tigers pounded the visiting Kansas City Royals. They had just come off a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles and had already taken two games in a four game set against the Royals. The team was one game away from reaching the .500 mark....

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Brandon Day

Tyler Alexander spins five scoreless innings in SeaWolves’ victory

Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Scranton Wilkes/Barre RailRiders 7, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)

Ryan Carpenter managed seven innings on Sunday afternoon, but they weren’t particularly good ones. Carpenter kept his team in the game, and was efficient, but solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings undid an otherwise solid outing. Victor Alcantara allowed a pair of runs in the eighth to put this one out of reach. Chad Huffman...

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Zimmermann to face Pirates in rematch

The Tigers are off Monday before heading to Pittsburgh for a three-game Interleague rematch with the Pirates, who swept them in Detroit to open the season. Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 7.71 ERA) gets the start in Tuesday's opener at 7:05 p.m. ET from PNC Park. Chad Kuhl (2-1, 4.57 ERA) starts for the Pirates.

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Rob Rogacki

Royals 8, Tigers 5: Bad, bad bullpen

The Tigers’ bullpen combined to cough up five runs in a disappointing loss.

Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his start against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Six batters later, Liriano was done for the day and Detroit’s 2-0 lead had become a 5-2 deficit. While the Tigers would tie the score in the bottom of the inning, Kansas City added three more runs off of Detroit’s relievers to win an 8-5 contest at Comerica Park.

Liriano was charged with three runs,...

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Tigers see versatile Saupold filling key role

Warwick Saupold has the ball from his first Major League save Saturday. Maybe more importantly, he has a place in the Tigers' bullpen for the near future, and an opportunity to stay off the Detroit-Toledo shuttle.

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Rob Rogacki

Game 20 Preview: Royals at Tigers

Liriano and the Tigers could clinch a 6-1 homestand with a win on Sunday.

With all due respect to Michael Fulmer, Francisco Liriano has been the Tigers’ best starter this season. He currently owns a 2.55 ERA, and has yet to allow more than two runs in any of his three starts. The Tigers have won two of those games, and ran into the buzzsaw that is Corey Kluber in the third.

There are some warning signs to be found, though. Liriano is currently benefitting from a .217 batting average on...

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GameThread: Tigers vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

Francisco Liriano vs. Eric Skoglund

Kansas City Royals (4-15) at Detroit Tigers (9-10)

Time/Place: 1:10 p.m., Comerica Park
Forecast: 58 degrees, sunny
SB Nation site: Royals Review
Follow us: @BlessYouBoys, @RoyalsReview
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: LHP Eric Skoglund (0-2, 9.31 ERA) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (2-1, 2.55 ERA)

Gameday reading Recap: Tigers cruise to 12-4 win over Royals 2018 MLB draft profile: RHP Casey Mize Kyle Funkhouser strikes...

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Rob Rogacki

Kyle Funkhouser strikes out 9 in SeaWolves loss

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Toledo Mud Hens 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5 (box)

The Mud Hens teed off on RailRiders starter Brody Koerner, scoring six runs in the top of the second to take a huge lead. Koerner settled down to make it through 5 2?3 innings, but Toledo’s pitching staff would make that early lead stand up. A.J. Ladwig gave up three runs in five innings, and struck out two with just one walk. Kevin Comer...

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Detroit Tigers prospects update

The Detroit Tigers have been trying to get younger over the last couple of years, meaning they have a lot of talent in the farm system. A few guys have impressed early in the 2018 season and could get called up in the near future. Dawel Lugo was acquired by the Tigers in the J.D. Martinez trade last year and many considered that to be a failed trade for the Tigers. It remains to be seen how much of an impact Lugo can make at the big league level, but if his minor league numbers are any...

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Three up, three down for the Detroit Tigers

Surprisingly, the Detroit Tigers sit just 1.5 games out of the division lead, after many experts predicted them to be one of the worst teams in baseball. Sure, it’s very early in the season and they will likely finish in the bottom half of the American League. However, this hot start is promising for a ball club lacking a ton of superstar talent. Here are three guys that are hot and three guys that need to pick it up. Up: James McCann McCann’s overall numbers don’t look great, but...

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Tigers 12, Royals 4: Tigers bats on Fiers

The hits just kept on coming for the Tigers. What’s this? Only one game today? Well, the Tigers and Royals wanted to make sure we got the full show today by tying the game up 1-1 early on. Mike Fiers was showing some sluggish velocity on his pitches, and the curveball especially seemed to be hampered by a sloooowww curveball, helping the Royals’ Mike Moustakas climb to a 13-game hitting streak. Then, in the bottom of the third, Nicholas Castellanos belted a two-run moonshot — his first...

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Castellanos leads humming lineup over KC

Nicholas Castellanos warmed up along with the weather with three RBIs, two of them on his first home run of the season, as the Tigers outslugged the Royals for a 12-4 win Saturday at Comerica Park for Detroit's fifth win in its last six games.

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