Thursday, March 6, 2008
The Detroit Tigers have turned their team around from one of the worst in baseball to one of the best in a matter of five years. They have gone out and added key players like Magglio Ordonez, Ivan Rodriguez, Placido Palanco, and have recently added Dontrelle Willis, Miguel Cabrera, and Edgar Renteria. Although they have trade away top prospects to bring these guys in, they have made smart draft choices so they will have players that will make the team sooner than normal prospects who need more development. Although these players cost more money, it is the price you pay when you trade away prospects. Since 2004, each of the Tigers first round draft picks have made it to the MLB, excluding Rick Porcello. They have been considered top prospects around the league and have one has taken home a couple nice awards. Former Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander has thrown a no-hitter while Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin were in the key trade that brought in Cabrera and Willis from the Marlins. Rick Porcello, 19, was drafted this past June but is already turning heads in big league camp. "He'll be good fast," one scout says. "He's the best young pitching prospect I've seen this spring." I am not putting out any predictions just yet, but proper management and solid chemistry and will always go far. They have a good core of players that are only getting better- and most happen to be under contract for a long time. I think they will be contenders in the AL Central, if not the team to beat, for the foreseeable future. Yes, the Indians are a great team and the Royals are getting better, but this team is not old, and most players have not even reached their prime yet.