Archive for June 6th, 2006

Tuesday: 06.6.2006

Are You Kidding Me???

This crucial stretch of games against top notch opponents goes from bad to worse with Alex Cintron‘s 3-run home run in the 8th inning giving the White Sox the first game of the series. I am very disappointed after tonight as this stretch really isn’t panning out at all how I had hoped. Must be that damned Sports Illustrated curse:

All along I have felt this period against New York, Boston, Chicago & Toronto was very important for the Tigers going forward. Unfortunately, they have fallen flat in their efforts to prove that they belong. What started as a great problem to have with two closers, morphed into a closer controversy when Todd Jones stopped being effective, but after tonight may have opened the door for someone entirely new to get a shot in the 8th-9th inning high leverage situations. Possibly Joel Zumaya. I know this team can play better in these tight situations, I just want them to show it.

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Tuesday: 06.6.2006

UGH!

I have the incredible misfortune of being stuck with the Chicago White Sox announcers on mlb.tv for the Tigers-Sox game. Widely regarded as the worst in baseball, these two clowns are impossible to listen to during a game. Putting aside the blatant homerism, which is petty at best and painfully pathetic at worst, Hawk Harrelson and Darrin Jackson bring absolutely nothing to the table. If I had a team, I’d hire Bobcat Goldthwait and Fran Dresher before I’d let these two anywhere near a mic. Please tell me I won’t be stuck with them for all three games.

Tuesday: 06.6.2006

Pudge Leaves Early.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez left the game against the Chicago White Sox after a strikeout in the 2nd inning. He apparently experienced some back spasms and is regarded as day-to-day. Like Billfer at DTW.com, I’ll push for BbP Superhero, Marcus Thames to bat third in Pudge’s absence. In the meantime, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery from Pudge!

Tuesday: 06.6.2006

Andrew Miller, LHP – Detroit Tigers

North Carolina left-hander Andrew Miller was expected to become the newest Kansas City Royal as they held the first pick in the 2006 Amateur Draft. His stock dropped significantly with some boards having him fall as far as 11th to Arizona. Instead, the Detroit Tigers used their #6 pick to select the southpaw. Here is a snippet of the Baseball America.com premium content scouting report on Miller:

1. Andrew Miller, lhp (National rank: 1)
School: North Carolina. Class: Jr.
Hometown: Gainesville, Fla.
B-T: R-L. Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 210. Birthdate: 5/21/85.
Scouting Report: Miller entered this spring as the top-rated prospect for the 2006 draft and proceeded to live up to that lofty billing. The top unsigned player from the 2003 draft, when he was a third-round pick of the Devil Rays out of high school in Gainesville, Fla., Miller wound up at North Carolina and has improved every season, becoming more consistent and more dominant. He dominated in the wood-bat Cape Cod League each of the last two summers (2.03 ERA in 2004, 1.65 ERA in 2005 for Chatham) and was rated as the league's top prospect by Baseball America in both years…

As much as I would've liked to see the Tigers get Drew Stubbs, this was based on Miller being gone. I'm thrilled with the potential of this number one pick. Here is a list of the other Tigers picks:

50th pick – Ronald Bourquin, 3B, Ohio State
82nd pick – Brennan Boesch, CF, UC Berkley
112th pick – Ryan Strieby, 1B, Kentucky
142nd pick – Scott Sizemore, 2B, Virginia Commonwealth
172nd pick – Jordan Newton, C, Western Kentucky

Bourquin was rated as the 8th best player available from the state of Ohio, a 5-star state.
Boesch was rated as the 21st best player available from the state of California, a 3-star state.
Strieby was rated as the 3rd best player available from the state of Kentucky, a 3-star state.
Sizemore was rated as the 3rd best player available from the state of Virginia, a 2-star state.
Newton was rated as the best player available from the state of Kentucky & 149th overall, a 3-star state.

The rankings and state star ratings are from Baseball America, as well. Here is a legend regarding the star system:

THIS YEAR'S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here

Last 10 #1 Overall Picks:
2006 — Luke Hochevar, rhp (Kansas City Royals)
2005 — Justin Upton, ss (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2004 — Matt Bush, ss (San Diego Padres)
2003 — Delmon Young, of (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
2002 — Bryan Bullington, rhp (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2001 — Joe Mauer, c (Minnesota Twins)
2000 — Adrian Gonzalez, 1b (Florida Marlins)
1999 — Josh Hamilton, rf-lhp (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1998 — Pat Burrell, 3b (Philadelphia Phillies)
1997 — Matt Anderson, rhp (Detroit Tigers)