A couple links to begin your morning. First, from Fangraphs, a pretty cool article on the concept of "age relative to league". It mentions Daniel Fields, so it's worth your time. Second is a FanPost from DetroitTigersGeek which would have been promoted to the front page had I realized I had that power. I'm an idiot, but consider this a belated kudos, and a request for more fanposts like it- seriously, if you have scouting reports you want to share or analysis pieces like that to write, I'm sure Kurt wouldn't mind my promoting a FanPost or two a month. Third is another link to Matt Wallace of Take 75 North (who you should be reading because he's awesome) who writes on the paucity of shortstops in the Tigers system. It's something those who read my depth charts should be familiar with, but as the most experienced of Tigers minor league bloggers (I think) his take is always worth reading.
Lotta words for 3 links. I should probably work on that. Box recaps below.
AAA: Toledo DNP
Jon Kibler got shelled today- he went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks with only 2 strikeouts. That might have been enough to win the game, but Luis Marte went 0.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (one a homer) and 2 strikeouts to blow the save. Oops. This after Wilkin Ramirez was 3-4 with 3 home runs and a walk. Cesar Nicolas was 3-5 with a double, but that's somewhat less impressive.
Ramon Lebron got shelled over 2.1 innings- he gave up 8 runs on 7 hits (including a homer) and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. I still like him a ton, but this start was horrendous. Nate Newman went 4 strong, letting up 2 hits and a walk with 2 strikeouts. Jamie Johnson was 1-4 with a triple, Jordan Lennarton was 3-4 with a double and Wade Gaynor was 2-5.