In a trade deadline day filled with big moves, it was also a night for big moments in the opening game of the Tigers and New York Yankees series. Unfortunately, many of the big moments were in favor of the guys in pinstripes as they defeated the Tigers by a score of seven to three. The biggest moment coming from the Tigers was an unbelievable home run robbing catch made by Jim Adduci.
Jim Adduci had a different idea for this baseball. pic.twitter.com/idYaPW5DsQ— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 1, 2017
As frustrating as some of these losses have been, I find solace in the fact that they continue to drop in the standings meaning a higher draft selection next season. Currently the Tigers have the seventh-worst record in baseball, meaning they would receive the seventh pick in the 2018 draft, if the season were to end today.
Not only will the Tigers have great prospects after the draft next year, they have already acquired several outstanding prospects. Of course we’ve heard about Dawel Lugo, Jose King and Sergio Alacantra who were acquired in the J.D. Martinez deal, but not much has been said about the high-level prospects acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila. You can read the experts’ reactions on that deal here.
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After these trades, the Tigers are in need of someone to fill the closer's role. Although at some point it will likely be Joe Jimenez with his recent call up and bright future, Brad Ausmus has decided to go with Shane Greene since he’s currently pitching the best. BYB's own Rob Rogacki predicted this before the start of the season.
The Tigers are back in action again tonight as Anibal Sanchez will oppose fellow veteran C.C. Sabathia in the second game of the series starting at 7:05 p.m. EST. Jose Iglesias left the game last night with a right wrist sprain after striking out against Tommy Kahnle in the sixth inning. So look for Dixon Machado in the lineup tonight in Iglesias’ place as he’s been pretty hot lately.
SS Jose Iglesias left tonight's game with a right wrist sprain. He will be reevaluated tomorrow.— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) August 1, 2017
With the Tigers having acquired several prospects including a couple who move into their top 30, I thought we’d check-in on them and see how they’re adjusting to their new homes. I mean isn’t it great we finally have so many prospects to be talking about?
Infielder Isaac Paredes was one of the players acquired in the Avila and Wilson trade. He tallied a single and a run scored in the first inning Monday night but later left the game with a facial contusion after nearly being hit in the eye with a throw. He’s listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated sometime Tuesday. While it’s not good news in his first game in a new uniform, it could have been much worse.
Jeimer Candelario was the second player acquired in the Avila and Wilson trade. He has been assigned to the Toledo Mud Hens, who had an off day Monday. Look for Candelario in the lineup tonight.
Dawel Lugo, the center-piece of the J.D. Martinez trade, tallied another hit in three at-bats last night. That’s his sixth hit in 21 at-bats since being acquired by the Tigers, good for .286 batting average.
Sergio Alcantra, who hasn’t been talked about much lately, has eight hits in 33 at-bats for Advanced-A Lakeland since being acquired by the Tigers in the Martinez trade. He has as a .242 average. The Flying Tigers were rained out Monday but look for Alcantara in the lineup Tuesday afternoon.
The sleeper of the Martinez trade is also the youngest player the Tigers acquired, 18-year-old Jose King, who is playing on the Tigers Gulf Coast League West team (the GCL Tigers), has three hits in nine at-bats since being acquired. The GCL Tigers’ game was also postponed Monday night due to rain so no new updates to report.
Outside of Tigerland
The biggest news around the baseball world Monday were two blockbuster trades. The first was the Yankees acquiring Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s to bolster their rotation. At least Gray is not scheduled to start in the Tigers and Yankees series.
The second blockbuster deal came mere seconds before the trade deadline had officially passed: Texas Rangers’ ace Yu Darvish was moved to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who already had the best ERA in baseball. If you’d like a full list of all the trades made Monday before the deadline, SB Nation has you covered.