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PostSubject: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects   Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:18 pm



1. Rick Porcello, rhp

2. Ryan Perry, rhp

3. Cale Iorg, ss

4. Casey Crosby, lhp

5. Jeff Larish, 1b/3b

6. Wilkin Ramirez, of

7. Scott Sizemore, 2b

8. Cody Satterwhite, rhp

9. Dusty Ryan, c

10. Guillermo Moscoso, rhp


Any analysis of the Tigers' 2008 season begins with what transpired at the Winter Meetings over two days in December 2007. Detroit stunned many at the Opryland complex by acquiring Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins for a package of six prospects, with the previously untouchable Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller among them. The message was clear: After winning the American League pennant in 2006, then missing the postseason in 2007, the Tigers would settle for nothing less than a World Series championship in 2008.

Instead, they finished last in the American League Central. Their $139 million Opening Day player payroll, the second-highest in baseball, was the most ever for any team in baseball history to finish with a losing record.

"I thought we had a club that would compete to win a championship, and it's apparent we were significantly off on that, which is my responsibility," club president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "I'm embarrassed that you have a very large payroll and you don't do well. Now what we need to do is go out and try to fix it."

The disappointment was especially wrenching because of how much of Detroit's future had been mortgaged on the lost season. In addition to giving up Maybin and Miller, they also dealt standout prospects Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez to the Braves for shortstop Edgar Renteria. While Jurrjens led National League rookies with 13 victories and Hernandez continued to progress through the minors, Renteria played poorly in the field and had one of his worst years at the plate.

In terms of wins and losses, the farm system didn't have a banner year, either. Righthander Rick Porcello was the lone Tiger to make Baseball America's preseason Top 100 Prospects list, and the only Tiger to make one of BA's minor league Top 10 Prospects lists after the season. Only low Class A West Michigan reached the postseason.

One year after signing Porcello, lefthander Casey Crosby and shortstop Cale Iorg to well-above-slot bonuses, Detroit was more conservative in the 2008 draft. The Tigers spent $3.7 million on signing bonuses—down from $7.9 million in 2007—and didn't exceed Major League Baseball's slot recommendations for any pick.

Despite all the bad news, Detroit officials were encouraged by the development of many prospects during the 2008 season, particularly some of their pitchers.

Porcello reinforced his status as one of the top arms minor league baseball. Though he was much younger than many hitters he faced, he led the high Class A Florida State League with a 2.66 ERA in his pro debut. The Lakeland bullpen behind him boasted several intriguing arms, including 2008 draft picks Ryan Perry, Cody Satterwhite and Robbie Weinhardt. Strike-throwing righthander Casey Fien and sidearmer Rudy Darrow have a chance to make the Tigers' Opening Day roster in 2009. Crosby made a rapid return from Tommy John surgery and was very impressive in instructional league.

Outfielder Matt Joyce hadn't played above Double-A prior to 2008 but batted .252/.339/.492 in 92 big league games. The system is otherwise light on impact position players, with Iorg the only Tigers farmhand widely projected by scouts to become an everyday player in the majors.


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PostSubject: Re: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects   Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:09 pm




Tigers Top 10 Prospects according to Baseball America

by billfer on November 21, 2008 · 5 comments

in 2009 Season, Minors

It’s another one of those rites of the
offseason, the Baseball America top 10 list. The list itself is
available to anyone, but for additional information (like scouting
reports) you need to be a subscriber.
As for the list, here it is:

  1. Rick Porcello, rhp
  2. Ryan Perry, rhp
  3. Cale Iorg, ss
  4. Casey Crosby, lhp
  5. Jeff Larish, 1b/3b
  6. Wilkin Ramirez, of
  7. Scott Sizemore, 2b
  8. Cody Satterwhite, rhp
  9. Dusty Ryan, c
  10. Guillermo Moscoso, rhp
Usually when the list comes out I look back to the previous year’s list
to see who stayed and who left. Hopefully the list changes because guys
graduate and lose prospect status. In the Tigers case there are only 4
players carrying over from the ‘08 last. As for the other 6? Only one
graduated and that was Matt Joyce.

Yorman Bazardo and Francisco Cruceta flamed out. Danny Worth and
Mike Hollimon had their development hindered due to injuries. Brandon
Hamilton struggled in West Michigan, and while he’s still a prospect
he’s no longer in the top 10.

The flip side of guys losing status is that some other earned their
way into the top 10. Wilkin Ramirez built on a strong spring training
and exploded for AA Erie. Guillermo Moscoso had an outstanding season,
and Dusty Ryan played himself into the Tigers 09 plans. And Ryan Perry
and Cody Satterwhite were new draftees who cracked the top 10.

So it’s not that the Tigers system is without talent - guys who
stand a decent chance to play at the big league level. What it lacks is
enough players who could excel at the big league level.
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PostSubject: Re: Baseball America Top 10 Prospects   Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:48 pm

I wonder how the 11th guy feels..... Perturbed
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