George Sipple Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 CHICAGO – Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila spent more than 15 minutes discussing the state of the team's rebuild with reporters on Sunday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The highlights: Castellanos a player to build around? Avila said it’s early to say whether the Tigers would be willing to part with Nicholas Castellanos. “I don’t have a mandate to trade anyone,” Avila said. “And we’ve not picked up the phone and we’re not going to pick up the phone and saying, ‘We’re trading so and so.’" Avila said almost any player could be mentioned as a trade candidate, but he hasn’t shopped anyone. “Our intent here is to be open-minded,” Avila said. More on Tigers: Al Avila on futures of Casey Mize, Christin Stewart Prospects Beau Burrows, Alex Faedo may earn promotion Windsor: Tigers paying Miguel Cabrera … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers ‘open-minded’ about trades; Castellanos grows as leader
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Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 4:38 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 BOSTON — The goose sat on a table in the middle of the cramped visitor’s clubhouse at Fenway Park, and there was nothing it could do. The Detroit Tigers were beaten badly again by the Red Sox on Wednesday night, and that’s going to happen. Against the best team in the American League, against the bottom of their starting rotation, the matchup has looked like the junior varsity against the varsity. This point was going to come, up against superior championship-contending competition, and now it’s here. The first two months have been fun; the rally goose made for good headlines. But the mental fortitude of this Tigers team — and its physical capabilities — are being challenged like they have not been thus far. A doubleheader against the Yankees, a trip to Boston and an upcoming series against the suddenly-stabilized Indians will do that to a group that remains under-talented … [Read more...] about Despite recent losses, Detroit Tigers have momentum on their side
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 11:39 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 Jeimer Candelario came back from Toledo this morning for the Detroit Tigers’ annual Detroit Economic Club banquet. The plan, as initially detailed by manager Ron Gardenhire on Tuesday in Minnesota, was for Candelario to play three minor-league injury rehabilitation games with Triple-A Toledo. “Two games,” Candelario hoped at the time. But after Candelario’s first two games, the plan changed. Candelario stayed in Detroit. The Tigers third baseman was activated from the 10-day disabled list before Friday night’s series opener against the White Sox at Comerica Park. “I feel good to go,” he said. "I feel like I'm in a good position. My wrist is really strong right now and hopefully I can stay healthy the whole season." Candelario’s return was recommended by Toledo manager Doug Mientkiewicz, who told Gardenhire he was ready. “He better be,” Gardenhire … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers Jeimer Candelario back from DL; Mikie Mahtook to Toledo
JR Radcliffe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 5:24 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 Before Jarred Kelenic graduated early from Waukesha (Wis.) West High School, he’d sometimes find himself gone five days a week, traveling around the country to hone his craft and play for talent evaluators. It comes as an irony in the first spring where he’s no longer taking classes, he’s found himself close to home — and stuck in a cold and dreary spring. “As a hitter, it’s been really hard,” said Kelenic, who almost certainly will hear his name called in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft June 4. “We’ll be outside for one day, and then we won’t get back outside for two weeks. It’s been hard getting into a rhythm, but with these great facilities we have in Waukesha (at NX Level Sports Performance), Stiks Academy, Hitters at Racine, we have the opportunity to hit 365 days a year no matter the weather. It’s different … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers MLB draft: Jarred Kelenic meets gold standard with USA
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 6:15 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 MINNEAPOLIS — Back on the beat after five days on a special assignment, which sent me to Auburn to watch junior right-hander Casey Mize, who is expected to be one of the top picks – if not the top pick – in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. The Detroit Tigers, as you’re well aware, hold the No. 1 pick in the draft. They were in attendance on Friday night against LSU – general manager Al Avila sat behind home plate with assistant GM David Chadd, amateur scouting director Scott Pleis and area scout Justin Henry – and saw Mize look as advertised for five innings. Avila, a long time scout, spent the fourth inning watching down the third base line. He likes to see pitchers from the arm side. In the fourth, Mize struck out the side. Through five innings, he struck out nine batters. In the sixth, though, the wheels came off: He relied too heavily on his secondary pitches … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers thoughts: Scouting Casey Mize; Liriano on trade block?