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Rivera Hits 21st in Record-Setting Win

Rivera launched a two-run home run to tie the Whitecaps franchise record set by Kelly Hunt in 2004
September 19, 2021

LANSING, MI – The West Michigan Whitecaps closed the 2021 regular season by breaking records and tying others as part of a 19-4 blowout victory over the Lansing Lugnuts in front of 4,025 fans at Jackson Field on Sunday afternoon. Infielder Rey Rivera launched a two-run home run to tie

Erie's Policelli finds calling as a jack of all trades

Tigers prospect is using super utility role as a beeline to the Majors
August 30, 2021

Labeled a super utility player in the Minors may not conjure up images of future big league stardom, but those within the game know better. For most prospects, a path to the Majors is rarely linear. That includes Brady Policelli, who embraced a suggestion from a former manager to carve

SeaWolves Steamroll Curve in Doubleheader Sweep

Greene, Kreidler, Torkelson all go deep for Erie
August 12, 2021

The Erie SeaWolves swept a doubleheader for the first time this season, steamrolling the Altoona Curve 15-1 in the first game, and earning a 6-0 shutout in the nightcap. Erie scored 10 runs in the third inning of game one, and matched a season-high five home runs from the offense

Scouting report: Tigers' Spencer Torkelson

No. 3 overall prospect will begin his pro career back at third base
April 20, 2021 introduces a new series spotlighting players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at top Tigers prospect Spencer Torkelson. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here.

Toolshed: Spring Training camps to watch

Ten groups worth following as top prospects showcase talents
February 24, 2021

Pitchers and catchers have been in Arizona and Florida a while. Position players have officially joined them in earnest. Look around you. It's decidedly spring. To celebrate the official opening of Spring Training and return of full-squad workouts, Toolshed presents 10 camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues that prospect

Winter ball roundup: Mexican Pacific League

Tigers prospect Paredes rides showing to Caribbean Series berth
February 3, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. First up was the Dominican Winter League, now the Mexican Pacific League. Season summary The

2021 Prospect Projections: AL Central rookies

White Sox prepared to pounce again with a little prospect help
January 27, 2021

This is the third in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

Faedo to undergo Tommy John surgery

Tigers No. 10 prospect will have elbow ligament replaced
December 19, 2020

Casey Mize's Major League debut marked the beginning of a new era in Detroit. But it will take some time before the next wave fully takes over Comerica Park. Tigers No. 10 prospect Alex Faedo will undergo Tommy John surgery later this month to repair a tear in the ulnar

The Road to The Show™: Matt Manning

2016 first-rounder could be gem of Tigers' pitching posse
November 16, 2020

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Detroit Tigers right-hander Matt Manning. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

State of the System: Detroit Tigers

Torkelson leads next wave while Mize brings rebuild to Majors
October 19, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Tigers missed the playoffs for the

Tigers shut down Manning, Faedo for season

Detroit pitching prospects dealing with forearm strains, says GM
August 27, 2020

Two of the Tigers' top pitching prospects, Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, have been able to show their stuff on the Major League stage this season. Unfortunately, two others won't get that opportunity. Detroit has shut down No. 3 prospect Matt Manning and No. 10 Alex Faedo after both suffered

Tigers promoting Mize, Skubal for MLB debuts

Detroit summoning Top-100 prospects, Paredes to help big club
August 17, 2020

The welcome wagon is about to kick into overdrive in the Motor City. The Tigers are promoting No. 2 prospect Casey Mize, No. 5 Tarik Skubal and No. 6 Isaac Paredes to the Major Leagues this week, the club announced Monday. Paredes is joining the club today as fellow infielder

The Road to The Show™: Tarik Skubal

Strikeouts pave path to Motown for Tigers No. 4 prospect
August 3, 2020

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. In a world in which the

Waful left lasting impression in Central New York

Lifelong Syracuse resident, former team president was a local icon
July 29, 2020

It was a life well lived and one that touched tens of thousands in the Syracuse area. When Don Waful died last September at the age of 103, he left a legacy of charity, friendship and charm that will far supersede his century on this Earth. Born in Newark, New

The Show Before the Show: Episode 268

Tigers' Torkelson talks Summer Camp; Writers preview MLB season
July 23, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Prospects in the Tigers' 2020 player pool

Nine of club's top 10 prospects to play in Detroit, Toledo
July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

2020 Draft recap: Detroit Tigers

Tigers able to add a ton of hitting to pitching-heavy system
July 1, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. The Tigers went into the Draft knowing they were going to add an offensive centerpiece in Spencer Torkelson. And they left it with even more firepower. Detroit selected

The Road to The Show™: Casey Mize

Top pick breezing through Tigers system with dominant arsenal
June 29, 2020

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps taken to reach the brink of the Major Leagues. Here's a look at Tigers right-hander Casey Mize. There's always plenty of hype, fanfare and superlatives that surround players when they're the No. 1 overall Draft pick. Casey Mize has

Minor Leaguers open up about big league dads

Prospects share stories about favorite times with famous fathers
June 21, 2020

To commemorate Father's Day, asked Minor Leaguers whose dads played in the big leagues to share their favorite stories, memories and advice. Some reminisced about childhood, while others recalled moments in their own baseball careers. Some are even dads themselves. All had one thing in common: they consider their

2020 Draft recap: Tigers take Torkelson at top

O's pick Kjerstad, Marlins select Meyer to round out top three
June 10, 2020

The First-Year Player Draft will have a whole new look in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year's edition will be limited to only five rounds, and any eligible player who goes undrafted can only sign for a $20,000 signing bonus at most. But there's no change in this

DSL Tigers' Alcantara suspended

Day after birthday, Detroit righty tests positive for Stanozolol
July 31, 2013

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