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Baseball America Releases Midseason Top 100 Prospects List that Includes 3 Tigers

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Newly signed Alex Faedo slots in at 53 while Matt Manning and Beau Burrows rank 79 and 80, respectively.

Blisters and baseballs

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With all the talk of how the baseball has changed over the past couple of years, Marcus Stroman highlights how the different surface has caused an epidemic of finger-blisters amongst pitchers.

Tigers Sign 3 Shortstops as International Signings

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The Tigers have signed 3 shortstops: a pair out of Venezuela and one out of the Dominican Republic. The most notable, Venezuelan Alvaro Gonzalez, received a 1 million dollar signing bonus. MLB had him ranked 23 on their top 30 international prospects. Here's what they had to say: " Known for his good hands and strong arm, Gonzalez is one of the best all-around prospects from Venezuela in this year's class. While he has the skill set and strength to move to third base, there's a belief that the teenager will stick at shortstop because of his athleticism, solid defensive actions and reliable glove. He's also known for his good footwork and ability to make the routine and extraordinary plays. The switch-hitting Gonzalez makes hard contact from both sides of the plate and has shown good bat speed and some power at the plate. Like most prospects his age, Gonzalez's hitting mechanics will improve once he signs with a team and enters the club's academy, but he has already shown the potential to hit for average. Gonzalez, who trains with Henderson Martinez of Valencia, Venezuela, has been compared to younger version of former Major League shortstop Alex Gonzalez. The Tigers are the favorite to sign the teenage shortstop." Although MLB had several shortstops ranked ahead of Gonzalez (the other two signees were not ranked), at least we are addressing the SS position in some meaningful way. At 16, Gonzalez is likely quite a ways away, but let's hope we've found the next Willy Adames.

Nice recap of Alex Faedo's NCAA tournament performance

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Will be interesting to see how much he signs for and where he ends up.

Former Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery

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This spells the end of Smyly's 2017 season with the Seattle Mariners.

Baseball and mental health

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An excellent, difficult but important read, looking at the links between people connected with baseball, and suicide. We often forget that the people in this game are just that: people. Remember, there's always help out there if you need it.

Tigers prospect Derek Hill returns to action in minor leagues

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Hill, who had Tommy John surgery last year, is starting for short-season Connecticut on Monday.

Miguel Cabrera batting 2nd in Tigers lineup vs. Padres

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Brad Ausmus has finally gone full saber!

Alex Faedo strikes out 11 more against TCU

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In his second start in the College World Series, Tigers draftee Alex Faedo was absolutely dominant, matching his performance from the first.

Tigers GM Al Avila explains decision to release Francisco Rodriguez

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Avila spoke to reporters about Rodriguez's release earlier Friday afternoon.