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Sizemore's a Smash in Arizona Fall League

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Perhaps Scott Sizemore senses the doubts in Tiger Town as to whether or not he can take over for Placido Polanco next season at second base. Or maybe he was disappointed over not being one of the Tigers' September call-ups, and is taking out that frustration now.

Whatever the reason, Sizemore is crushing the ball in the Arizona Fall League so far. Okay, he hasn't hit for average in three games, batting just .250. But he's also made sure those hits count, taking them over the fence. Of Sizemore's three hits, each of them have been home runs. His total line is .250/.333./1.000 with three homers (leading the AFL) and five RBIs.

How have other Tigers prospects been doing in Arizona for the Peoria Javelinas?

  • Outfielder Casper Wells is batting .538/.533/1.000 with one homer and six RBIs.
  • Shortstop Cale Iorg has a .143/.250/.143 average, with four strikeouts in seven at-bats.
  • Andrew Oliver had a rough first outing in which he gave up four runs and two walks in one inning, but pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts his second time around.
  • Robbie Weinhardt was also knocked around in his first appearance, allowing five runs and six hits in 1.2 innings.
  • Scot Drucker has allowed one run in two innings of work, with one walk and one strikeout.
  • Thad Weber is waiting for his first appearance.

Also of possible interest, Gerald Laird's younger brother, Brandon, leads the AFL in hitting with a .625 (10-for-16) average.

Here's more on Detroit's AFL contingent from Jason Beck. And at Take 75 North, Matt Wallace looks at how each player sent to Arizona is viewed in the Tigers' organization.