Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Detroit Tigers Go Young

posted by Jon Williams
Not so much on this blog but in conversations with league mates and on message boards I've been saying that Gary Sheffield was toast and not worth drafting. That said, I was shocked when I heard that the Tigers had released him. Fourteen million is a lot to pay a player to perform for another team. I should have seen it coming when they acquired Josh Anderson (who I like a lot). I see Marcus Thames and Carlos Guillen getting the bulk of the designated hitter at-bats with Anderson frequently starting in the outfield for a boost to both the defense and the team speed.

I expect to see Anderson leading off for the Tigers more often than not. He does not walk much, but his very good contact skills and speed allow him to post acceptable on-base percentages. His speed should be very disruptive to the opposition. I see 30-40 steals for Anderson this season.

Anderson's stats courtesy of FanGraphs.com:

SeasonTeamBB%K%BB/KOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBA
2006Astros (AA)4.6 %13.0 %0.37.349.385.734.077.35176.5-1.2.339
2007Astros (AAA)5.9 %14.6 %0.43.325.341.666.068.31758.4-16.5.311
2007Astros6.9 %9.0 %0.83.413.403.816.045.39311.32.0.363
2008Braves (AAA)5.7 %11.5 %0.53.358.405.763.091.34975.511.0.354
2008Braves5.6 %24.3 %0.24.338.426.764.132.37019.51.9.344
2009Bill James5.1 %13.8 %0.39.322.362.684.079.32340.2-11.3.312
2009CHONE5.6 %15.7 %0.38.332.374.706.088.33467.9-4.0.319
2009Marcel7.7 %19.4 %0.43.351.423.774.130.34335.41.7.339
2009Oliver4.7 %15.8 %0.31.318.363.681.085.32265.8-16.6.304
2009ZiPS5.0 %13.6 %0.38.310.337.647.070.30358.6-14.8.298

The Tigers also awarded Ryan Perry a spot in the major league bullpen. He will not be closing, at least not right away. Jim Leyland plans to give Fernando Rodney the first opportunity. Rodney has been a solid reliever but has failed when given closer responsibilities. Perry was drafted with the expectation that he could quickly reach the majors and contribute to the bullpen. The closer of the future label has been tossed around a lot. He's definitely going to be a target of mine this weekend if the price is right.

Perry is very young and has not spent much time in the minors. But he has fantastic stuff. You can see his college numbers here. For what is worth here are his MiLB stats thus far:

SeasonTeamK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIP
2008Tigers (R)18.000.004.000.00.0000.00.000100.0 %-0.80
2008Tigers (A+)9.265.401.710.00.3131.89.41873.9 %3.20
2009CHONE4.855.880.821.73.2901.81.29668.3 %6.63




Tigers Release Gary Sheffield


Porcello and Perry Earn Roster Spots


Porcello in Starting Rotation

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