Top pick Faedo headlines NRIs to spring camp

Top Prospects: Faedo, DET DETROIT — Alex Faedo’s first pitches as a pro will be in a Tigers uniform during Spring Training. Detroit’s top pick from the 2017 Draft was one of 22 players invited to Major League camp, the team announced Tuesday. Most of the invitations went to veterans signed to Minor League contracts that had already been reported. Faedo — the Tigers’ third-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline — and catcher Jake Rogers were the two notable exceptions. Neither has enough professional time to require protection on the Tigers’ 40-man roster, but both have enough potential for […]

First baseman’s career trajectory similar to new electee Thome

Gardenhire on Cabrera’s injuries Last week, Jim Thome joined the elite ranks of first-ballot Hall of Famers , receiving nearly 90 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. But 12 years earlier, his eventual spot in Cooperstown was far from secure. Thome, with 430 career home runs to that point, was coming off an ineffective, injury-plagued season at age 34 — a point at which it’s hardly unusual for players to decline rapidly. With the emergence of Ryan Howard at first base, the Phillies shipped Thome to the White Sox, and his future looked uncertain. […]

Relaxed Castellanos embracing leadership role

Castellanos on his role in 2018 DETROIT — Four years have passed since Nicholas Castellanos broke into the big leagues with the Tigers, as a highly-touted prospect with Detroit roots. As he talked with reporters at TigerFest on Saturday at Comerica Park, it might be the most comfortable the 25-year-old has seemed in his role here. At a time when Castellanos’ future in Detroit isn’t entirely clear, two years away from free agency on a team in the early stages of a rebuilding project, the Tigers’ starting right fielder sounds not only relaxed and comfortable, but prepared to take […]