Jones sets tone for Rafters with three-run homer

2016 MLB.com Top Prospects: JaCoby Jones is a big, strong athlete who looks like a premium power/speed guy when he’s going well GLENDALE, Ariz. — Fresh off of his first taste of the Major Leagues, JaCoby Jones is playing like a big leaguer in this year’s Arizona Fall League. The Tigers’ No. 9 prospect came out of the gate swinging on Saturday afternoon as he connected on a first-inning home run to help power Salt River in a 9-4 win over Glendale at Camelback Ranch. With one run already in for Salt River and two runners still on base, […]

Tigers’ Greiner mashes in Fall League victory

2016 MLB.com Top Prospects: Grayson Greiner has shown glimpses of being an above-average power hitter with good patience at the plate PEORIA, Ariz. — Grayson Greiner, the Tigers’ No. 26 prospect , provided all the offensive firepower the Salt River Rafters needed Friday in a 5-2 victory over the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League . Greiner, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound catcher who was a designated hitter Friday, drove in three runs, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double. Greiner split the left-centerfield gap for a two-run double in the top of the second to give the […]

What’s next for Tigers? Here are some thoughts

(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News) Detroit — After Tigers general manager Al Avila’s season-ending debriefing Tuesday, here are some of my takeaways. 1. Can we stop assuming Avila has had conversations with Mike Ilitch? The Tigers are very conveniently using the phrase "Mr. I." or "Mr. Ilitch" these days. My question is: Which Mr. Ilitch? Given the Tigers clearly have an edict to cut the payroll, you have to wonder if it’s coming from heir apparent, Christopher Ilitch. Mike Ilitch is 87 and may not be as involved with the team as he has been in the past. Under […]

Watch Arizona Fall League tilt on MLB.com

Marlins No. 19 prospect Jeff Brigham faces D-backs No. 25 prospect Josh Taylor. (Jupiter Hammerheads, Ken Weisenberger/MiLB.com) The Mesa squad consists of prospects from the Cubs, Indians, Marlins, Blue Jays and A’s, while Salt River has players from the D-backs, Braves, Rockies, Tigers and Brewers organizations. Click on the AFL team name to see complete roster. AFL club MLB clubs Glendale CWS, HOU, LA, STL, WSH Peoria BAL, CIN, SD, SEA, TB Salt River ARI, ATL, COL, DET, MIL Surprise BOS, KC, MIN, PIT, TEX Scottsdale LAA, NYM, NYY, PHI, SF Mesa CHC, CLE, MIA, OAK, TOR Among the […]

Verlander, Fulmer deliver 1-2 punch in starting rotation

Justin Verlander talks about his season, the Tigers’ push to make the postseason and mentoring the young pitchers in the club’s rotation A decade ago, Verlander was the rookie sensation in the Tigers rotation, delivering like an experienced ace every five games and supplying the velocity behind Detroit’s late-season run. Verlander was also the youngster pitching beyond his previous innings level from the Minor Leagues, trying to maintain not only his rotation spot, but the quality pitching that earned him it — from an upper-90’s fastball to a biting breaking ball. Verlander sees the common ground they have. He […]

J.D. Martinez hitting his stride in Detroit

J.D. Martinez clears the right-field wall with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd, tying the score at 2 DETROIT — J.D. Martinez doesn’t mind talking about his past. He doesn’t mind talking about feeling hurt, and a bit depressed when the worst team in baseball gave up on him. And he doesn’t mind admitting he was slightly embarrassed when no team in baseball claimed him off waivers, and every organization passed on him during the Rule 5 Draft. Truth be told, it was one of the toughest periods of Martinez’s life. But he refuses to forget […]

Tigers instructs features first-round hurlers from past two years

2016 MLB.com Top Prospects: Matt Manning is a premium athlete, who could have played two sports in college In each of the last two Drafts, the Tigers scouting department has gone after the highest-risk category of player with their first-round selection: high-school pitcher. In 2015, Texas high school right-hander Beau Burrows was the choice at No. 22 overall. This past June, the Tigers went to Northern California to get former two-sport standout Matt Manning with the ninth overall pick. With Burrows spending the year with West Michigan in the full-season Midwest League and Manning getting his professional feet wet […]

2016 Arizona Fall League could be best one yet

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis breaks down three players to watch in the upcoming 2016 Arizona Fall League season, including Tim Tebow The spotlight may shine on the Arizona Fall League more than ever in the prospect circuit’s 25th season. Usually packed with phenoms, the league has even more blue-chip prospects than usual. And, as you may have heard, a certain Heisman Trophy winner will take the next step in his baseball development with the Scottsdale Scorpions. Since the AFL opened play in 1992, roughly 60 percent of its participants have graduated to the big leagues — more than 2,500 players, […]

Aumus’ staff returning except hitting coach Joyner

The Tigers led the Majors in batting average in Wally Joyner’s first two seasons as their hitting coach. (Getty) DETROIT — Brad Ausmus will have most of his coaching staff back with him for 2017, but he’ll have to hire a new hitting coach. Wally Joyner will not return after three seasons on the job, the Tigers announced on Saturday, instead opting to pursue other interests in baseball. Pitching coach Rich Dubee, bench coach Gene Lamont, first-base coach Omar Vizquel, third-base coach Dave Clark, bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer and defensive coordinator Matt Martin will return. All of them have […]

Nats’ Scherzer wants to do ‘exact same thing’ vs. Dodgers

View photosMore Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer pauses before an interview after baseball batting practice at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in Washington. The Nationals host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, and Scherzer will start Game 1 for the Nationals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer remembers being urged to try to slow everything down for his postseason debut five years ago. Take an extra breath, they said. Be calm as can be, they said. Dial down the intensity, they said. Not exactly what he […]