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Tigers: End of rebuild right around the Corner

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The Tigers are getting ready to open the second full season of a rebuild, but how much longer will the team be in this rebuild?

The Tigers have been in a retooling then a rebuilding phase that started at the trade deadline in 2015 and moved forward to the team we have today. With the team having set the opening day roster with the likes of Spencer Turnbull, Grayson Greiner, and Christan Stewart, the first stages of young up and coming players, are starting to see the major leagues.

Super Two Promotions

Even though the prospects this season aren’t any of the big flashy names some may come up after the super-two deadline, this gives the team an extra year of control, around April 21.

So who could come up around the end of April? The biggest one at this point could very well be Daz Cameron. Cameron is listed as the number 8 prospect for the team and showed signs of being able to hit in spring training going 10 for 28 with seven RBI’s and two home runs. He could get the call should JaCoby Jones not hit or be hurt  Cameron could get the call.

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Another player that could see time from this is Kyle Funkhouser. Funkhouser is an up and coming arm that could be a nice bullpen arm for the team this season. Pairing him up with Joe Jiménez could create a back end of the bullpen Tiger fans have hoped for going back to 2012.

Trade Promotions

Considering they are rebuilding, the team could also make trades that open up some spots throughout the season. Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, and even Nick Castellanos will be on the market through the season. Moving one of those players could open up a spot for a younger player such as Dawel Lugo, Willi Castro, Sergio Alcántara, and although he’s on the opening day roster, due to an injury to JaCoby Jones, Dustin Peterson could all see extended time in the bigs this season.

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When to start competing again?

The earliest the team could start to be relevant again is 2021. Most of the young guys should be up by that time. Casey Mize and Matt Manning will act as anchors in the rotation. Daz Cameron will patrol center and round out a nice core. 

Adding in players like Franklin Perez to be a solid arm in the rotation, and Isaac Paredes or Willi Castro at short will help. The future Tigers will knock at the door, and the Indians and Twins are going to have to retool to keep up. The Tigers will once again be a contender in the American League Central by 2021.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ starting lineup for series opener vs. White Sox

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On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers look to put a halt to their 5-game losing streak when they host the Chicago White Sox in the first of a four-game series.

Here are the starting lineups for the game.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ rookie slugger placed on IL

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According to the Detroit Tigers, rookie outfielder Christin Stewart has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain. In a corresponding move, infielder Brandon Dixon has been recalled from Toledo.

Stewart was injured in Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

So far, in 20 games with the Tigers this season, Stewart is hitting .232 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.
To read the rest of the mock draft, please click here.

 

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Detroit Tigers’ rookie outfielder injured vs. Pirates

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According to reports, Detroit Tigers’ rookie Christin Stewart left Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a right medial quad spasm.

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Stewart was hurt and forced from the game under his own power after popping out in the eighth inning.

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