Today the Tigers parted ways with Nook Logan, an outfielder who began spring training in what was perceived as a "competition" for CF with Curtis Granderson. Logan was traded to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later.
After it was decided that Nook was "not a Leyland type player," the Tigers sent the speedy outfielder to AAA Toledo, where injuries and below average numbers plagued him. With the emergence of Curtis Granderson and the recent success that Brent Clevlen sniffed in the big leagues, this move was bound to happen eventually.
Also today was the callups of Ramon Santiago and Jordan Tata from AAA Toledo. Santiago has had some stints in the pros already this season, batting .253 with 2 homeruns and 12 RBIs in 25 games. It will be a first for pitcher Jordan Tata, though. Tata emerged as a very solid prospect following last season with Lakeland in which he put up great numbers. He has gone 10-6 with a 3.84 ERA for the Mud Hens this season.
Tata will join guys like Verlander, Zumaya and Andrew Miller on a staff that this season has showcased the great system depth at the pitcher position. Good to see the guys we drafted or signed as minor league free agents at some point making it to the big leagues in some way. Here's hoping that DD can continue to build a solid farm system that produces major league talent. It's been a long time coming.
(picture courtesy of MudHens.com)