Projecting Lakeland's Position Players - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
Prospect talk has died down recently around these parts, but the guys at MCB have been hard at work looking at the upcoming minor league seasons. Lakeland's roster should be particularly of interest, given some of the bigger names slated to be there this summer.
Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland likes what he sees in power-hitting first baseman Ryan Strieby - MLive, Chris Iott
This post = obligatory "healthy Ryan Strieby" fluff piece by the local media. The only reason I'm linking this is to (hopefully) up his trade value. Sunflower seeds aren't cheap these days.
Catfight: 2008 Tigers vs. 2012 Tigers - DesigNate Robertson
Rogo does his best to debunk the inevitable comparisons to the 2008 squad, but -- as has been proven time and again -- national writers will continue to serve up Brad Penny fastballs for him to swing at.
Tigers Shouldn’t Be In A Rush To Move Nick Castellanos Away From Third Base - Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
I don't really know what else to write besides "I agree with Matt," so we'll leave it at that (rhyme intended).
Positional Power Rankings: Third Base - FanGraphs, Eno Sarris
I thought the Tigers would be way lower than this, but I think I'm more surprised by the fact that Brandon Inge's presence is actually being considered a positive.
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Yu Darvish good as advertised in his debut - ESPN, Jerry Crasnick
Yu want news about the Texas Rangers' new starter? Take yu'r pick, there's only a zillion articles circulating today about Yu Darvish's Cactus League deb-yu yesterday. And yes, I realize how horrible those puns were. Don't worry, Melissa will be back tomorrow.
Cubs win the World Series in must-see commercial - Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for videos featuring Kate Upton and Justin Verlander, but the latest ad for MLB 12: The Show is incredible.
Not much wiggle room for White Sox bench - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
If the White Sox aren't going to make room for Dan Johnson on their 25-man roster while continuing to employ Alex Rios and Adam Dunn, I won't offer any complaints.
Baseball Video Highlights & Clips: Kipnis sings Adele while playing the field - MLB.com: Multimedia
Say what you want about Jason Kipnis' performance of Adele's latest hit song during the Indians' game yesterday, but I'll end with this: Miguel Cabrera NEEDS to be mic'd up this season. (h/t HardballTalk)