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Rob Rogacki

College baseball round-up: Spencer Torkelson homered again

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Torkelson is off to a torrid start in 2020.

True first basemen don’t often draw a lot of love from scouts before the MLB draft. Even a great defender will have to hit very well to provide value at the MLB level, and many teams would rather hunt for elusive five-tool prospects at the top of the draft.

Case in point: only three first basemen have ever been drafted first overall. Adrian Gonzalez, who went No. 1 overall to the Marlins in...

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Rob Rogacki

Watch Riley Greene homer in spring training debut

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Greene also walked twice and made a great defensive play.

First round pick Riley Greene made his spring training debut with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, and could not have looked more impressive. The 19-year-old, who made it all the way up to Single-A West Michigan in his professional debut last summer, walked twice and hit a home run in the Tigers’ 8-4 split-squad victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While I’m sure the walks...

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Split squad GameThread: Tigers vs. Braves, Pirates

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB photos via Getty Images Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves

Time: 1:05 p.m.
Place: CoolToday Park, North Port, Fla.
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV
Pitching Matchup: RHP Ivan Nova vs RHP. Bryce Wilson

Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Time: 1:05 p.m.
Place: LECOM Park, Bradenton, Fla.
Media: Tigers Radio Network, MLB.TV (Pirates’ feed)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Zack Godley vs. LHP Derek Holland

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BYB 2020 Tigers Prospect #5: IF Isaac Paredes

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images The precocious infielder has a little work left to do, but the bat is already primed for the next step. The Detroit Tigers’ farm system is rightly lauded for the excellent crop of pitching prospects closing in on the major leagues. The glaring problem is the lack of impactful future position players. Infielder Isaac Paredes is the player most likely to change that impression in 2020. Paredes future position remains in question, but his...

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Brandon Day

Tigers 8, Phillies 8: Grapefruit League opener ends in gridlock

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The Tigers new lineup was effective, and the kids rallied late for a tie.

The Detroit Tigers kicked off the 2020 Grapefruit League season by dueling the Philadelphia Phillies squad to an 8-8 tie in Lakeland on Saturday.

The game was notable mainly as a preview of the Tigers likely 2020 batting order, but we also got the first radio broadcast of the season. The sound of Dan Dickerson’s voice on a sunny winter afternoon in Michigan no doubt left fans...

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GameThread: Phillies vs. Tigers, 1:05 p.m.

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The Tigers open up Grapefruit League play against the Phillies in Lakeland,

Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers

Time: 1:05 p.m.
Place: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Fla.
Media: Tigers Radio Network, MLB GameDay
Pitching Matchup: RHP Nick Pivetta vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann

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Victor Alcantara receives 80-game PED suspension

Free-agent righty Victor Alcantara has received an 80-game suspension, per a league announcement. He tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drug stanozolol. Alcantara, 26, had appeared in each of the past three MLB campaigns. He was cut loose by the Tigers at the end of the 2019 season and had not yet signed on with another organization. While he gets a good number of groundballs with his 94 mph sinker and carries a decent lifetime 10.5% swinging-strike rate (about average for a...

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Rob Rogacki

Tigers 5, Fire 4: Undefeated in 2020!

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The Tigers opened their 2020 schedule with a win.

The Detroit Tigers played (and won) a real baseball game on Friday, officially opening their 2020 season — well, the part that doesn’t count, at least. Detroit’s Danny Pinero hit a single into center field in the ninth score prospect Jake Holton, giving the Tigers a 5-4 win over Southeastern University at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The win itself isn’t important. It was a blustery...

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Adam Dubbin

GameThread: Tigers vs Southeastern University

Feb. 12, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA — The scoreboard at Publix-Joker Marchant Stadium on Wednesday morning. | Adam Dubbin / Bless You Boys

The Tigers officially kick off their 2020 season with an exhibition game against Southeastern University.

The Detroit Tigers officially kick off their 2020 season with an exhibition match against the Southeastern University Fire, a school local to the Lakeland area. The Tigers have historically begun its spring training schedule with a matchup against...

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Ashley MacLennan

Open thread: Which fictional character should manage the Tigers?

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Forget real people, let’s let a TV or movie character lead the Tigers to victory.

It happened in a Twitter thread, as all terrible but sometimes wonderful ideas do, the notion that Raylan Givens — the Deputy U.S. Marshal at the heart of the series Justified — would make a great manager for the Tigers. Givens is gruff, no nonsense, but never seems to lose his cool. He also has zero tolerance for foolishness. The idea of Givens on the field...

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Brandon Day

BYB Podcast 69: Nice times in Lakeland

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The Bless You Boys staff looks at the week in baseball news from a Tigers perspective.

Mercifully, after a strange offseason, spring camp has arrived full of feel-good stories, talented prospects, a lean, mean Miguel Cabrera, and all the trappings of the 2020 season’s beginning. We’ll take a look at some of the news, notes, and general chicanery coming out of Lakeland with the boys now back in town.

MLB announces pay raises for MiLB...

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Adam Dubbin

Miguel Cabrera goes to camp: 2020 Edition

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The future Hall of Fame slugger arrived in spring camp with all of the media’s eyes on him.

One of the biggest story lines this spring is Miguel Cabrera and his new svelte form, eliciting the ubiquitous “best shape of his life” clichés from every corner of the internet. Could this be the year that he slims down and recaptures his previous role as an offensive force for the Tigers?

Most likely not, though if Miggy can keep his...

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2020 BYB Tigers Prospects #6: LHP Joey Wentz

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The newly acquired southpaw brings quite a bit to the table.

Last July, the long awaited trade of Shane Greene netted the Detroit Tigers a somewhat toolsy outfielder in Travis Demeritte, and a left-handed pitching prospect — Joey Wentz. Trade history may not be on Wentz’s side, but he showed some skills in his sterling debut in the organization. Another step forward and he could be knocking on the door to Detroit this season.

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Rob Rogacki

Tigers spring training roster projections: Starting pitcher

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The Tigers’ rotation was solid in 2019, and should be better this season.

There are a couple of different ways to look at how the Detroit Tigers rotation performed in 2019. On one hand, they produced a 5.51 ERA, the fourth-highest in all of baseball. They gave up too many runs, and as a result, finished with more losses than any other rotation in the game.

The underlying metrics tell a different story, however. Tigers starters managed...

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Adam Dubbin

Links: Spring training is in full swing

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Now that the entire team has reported to Lakeland things are fully underway for the 2020 season.

The opening of the spring training season has brought on an avalanche of reports out of Lakeland, from an injured Hall of Famer to pitching prospect updates. Baseball is officially back, and manager Ron Gardenhire is already in mid-season form.

Gardy, as he is affectionately known, has a penchant for giving the media tasty sound bites, as...

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Tigers' Christin Stewart, Spencer Turnbull facing crucial season

Both enter 2020 with a lot still to prove

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Stewart, Turnbull facing crucial 2020 season for Tigers

Christin Stewart and Spencer Turnbull are facing a crucial 2020 season for the Detroit Tigers

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Rob Rogacki

Tigers spring training roster projections: Outfield

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The Tigers are looking for someone to take a step forward in the outfield this year.

See kids? It pays to procrastinate. When we first started our roster preview series, the Detroit Tigers had not yet signed a free agent outfielder to a major league deal. We had wondered aloud for most of 2020 whether they should go after Yasiel Puig or another free agent to help shore up what was (surprise!) one of the worst outfields in baseball last...

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John Marlatt

The West Michigan Whitecaps fan food vote is back

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God help us all.

We have arrived at yet another rite of spring. Truck Day has come and gone, pitchers and catchers have reported, and the southern part of our nation is full of the sounds of mitts popping and views of grown men gathered in uniform lines on lush green grass taking part in calisthenic activities that, done in most other environments, would make them look ridiculous. It is only right that we now take the opportunity to delve...

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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera arrives in Lakeland with something to prove

His 2019 stats were well below his career standards in

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