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Afternoon Prowl: Michael Young, Rotational Rankings, Prospects and more

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Michael Young will almost certainly not be a Tiger. Jon Paul Morosi and Jason Beck explain why in today's link roundup.
Michael Young will almost certainly not be a Tiger. Jon Paul Morosi and Jason Beck explain why in today's link roundup.

It looks like the writers are starting to stir as the Tigers approach those words we love: PItchers and Catchers report. Here's a survey of what's being written about Detroit and a few division rivals.

  • The first truck of equipment from Detroit has arrived in Lakeland
    Via the Lakeland Flying Tigers' Twitter account, we have this picture of equipment arriving in Florida. Spring Training is almost here!

  • Detroit News: Tigers' Justin Verlander seeks fast start in 2011
    Justin Verlander hopes he has addressed the issues that led him to poor starts in April the past two years, Lynn Henning reports.

  • Beyond the Box Score: Ranking The Rotations -- AL Central
    In case you missed it, SB Nation site Beyond the Box Score ranked the rotations. They put the Tigers third. (Which seems reasonable given Phil Coke is an unknown and Brad Penny is coming off an injury). I think Detroit has the potential to finish higher than that but I have no qualms with the ranking heading into spring training.

    Satchel Price writes:
    They have the most dominant one-two punch in the division with Verlander and Scherzer, but this rotation could easily be categorized as boom-or-bust

  • Yahoo! Sports: It's now or never for the Tigers
    I don't agree with the headline on Jeff Passan's article. This seems to be a theme among the national media. But that's why you read from the local writers say, right? The Tigers did not mortgage their future at all and have one of the most exciting pitching prospects in the minor leagues set to arrive as early as next year and join the division's best 1-2 punch. It's now and next year, and the year after, and the year after, if you ask me.