This past Thursday was a rather eventful day for the Detroit Tigers, supplying both good and bad news. While Tigers fans are becoming more and more accustomed to depressing updates on the team at this point, there is a bit of yin to the yang in this case.
Riley Greene and John Schreiber promoted
Riley Greene, the Tigers’ first-round pick of the 2019 amateur draft and fifth selection overall, has been promoted to Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps. He is the first Tigers high school draftee to reach Low-A in his draft year since the unforgettable Keith Smith did so back in 1994. Currently ranked third on just about every prospect list, he broke out Thursday night with an inside-the-park home run and a spectacular defensive play.
Meanwhile John Schreiber, he of the funky super low-three-quarters arm slot, finally got his call up to the big show. The hometown kid originally selected in the 15th round of the 2016 draft finally gets the chance to live his dreams. While he has not yet pitched for the big league team as of Friday morning, fans have been champing at the bit to see the sidearmer baffle hitters with his unorthodox delivery.
Now for the bad news: two Tigers farm hands have been suspended for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. First baseman Reynaldo Rivera, the Tigers’ second round pick of the 2017 draft considered by most to be a bust, was caught using Trenbolone, an anabolic steroid long favored by the bodybuilding community in his latest test. The result cost him an 80-game suspension and quite possibly his career.
#Tigers Reynaldo Rivera has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Trenbolone, a performance-enhancing substance, MLB announced.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) August 7, 2019
The other player who tested positive was shortstop Pavin Parks of the Gulf Coast League Tigers, who also had the same drug as Rivera in his system and received a 50-game suspension for his infraction. Interestingly, the pair are the first to test positive for this specific chemical since 2015. Positive tests for two players from other teams were announced as well, albeit it for different drugs.
#Nationals AA P Steven Fuentes received a 50-game suspension for Heptaminol.#Tigers GCL SS Pavin Parks received a 52-game suspension for Trenbolone.#Reds Rookie Ball OF Nate Scantlin received a 100-game suspension following a third positive test for a drug of abuse.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) August 7, 2019
Transaction Jackson time
It looks like it’s Edwin Jackson time in Detroit again, as the well-traveled veteran got his call up back to the big leagues and will start on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals. Blaine Hardy was unfortunately optioned to make room for him. Desperate for arms to eat innings with, hopefully Jackson can help the Tigers get through the last two months without burning through too many more pitchers.
The Tigers have optioned Blaine Hardy. Edwin Jackson has been selected and will start tomorrow.— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) August 9, 2019
There will also be a corresponding 40-man move.
Around the horn
Saving Hamtramck Stadium: A Negro League ballpark, a changing community and a fight to reclaim history. The Red Sox are toast according to FiveThirtyEight. Juan Soto could be the next Miguel Cabrera. Free agent watch from Baseball Prospectus. No, Millenials are not killing baseball. White Sox and Yankees will play in a “Field of Dreams” game in 2020. Khris Davis is not batting .247.
Baseball is awesome: Riley Greene edition
Welcome to the @wmwhitecaps, Riley Greene!— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 9, 2019
Not only does the #Tigers' 1st-round #MLBDraft pick have his first Class A RBI, but he also made this ridiculous catch in center in his first game since promotion.
Check him out on the @tigers Top 30: https://t.co/nUvDepd51E pic.twitter.com/emBdDfEmd6