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Detroit Tigers Links: Torii Hunter impressed with Tigers organization & more Rick Porcello vs. Drew Smyly debate

Torii Hunter likes what he sees from the Tigers organization thus far, Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly are both pitching in baseball games, and the media is going crazy over this. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Four months in, Torii Hunter impressed with Tigers' talent, 'A-1' organization
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

"This is a different clubhouse than I thought it was. On the field, just watching these guys, you look at that rotation, you look at the lineup, it was always good. The clubhouse, though, I'd never been in the clubhouse. I didn't know Jim Leyland, I didn't know anybody. The organization is A-1. I'm so excited to be here."

Tuesday postscript: Could Tigers’ bullpen debate impact starter debate?
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

"It’s very difficult to see the Tigers going with a closer by committee and not taking at least a second left-hander...there are situations where you want a left-handed batter seeing a left-handed pitcher."

Rick Porcello And Drew Smyly Not Really Battling For Fifth Starter Spot
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

"To me, the only "good" option that involves Porcello not ending up in the Tigers’ rotation is if you happen to get overwhelmed with a strong offer before camp breaks. That looks like it’s not going to happen at this point and so the Tigers appear to be preparing for a season with Porcello in the big league rotation."

New York Yankees, Houston Astros among several teams reportedly targeting ex-Tiger Brennan Boesch
MLive, James Schmehl
Oh, NOW they're interested. Actually, take this one with a grain of salt. We all know by now how Scott Boras works.

The Jim Leyland Breakfast
Vine, Carl Skanberg
Completely inaccurate. Jim Leyland likes glazed.

Who's the best player in baseball?
Baseball Nation, Jason Brannon
I think there's a flaw in the post's logic when it points out the oddity that is Ben Zobrist and WAR in the first paragraph, then uses a type of WAR to determine it's conclusion with Ben Zobrist among the top 10 players in the game. I'm still pleased with the results, though.

Spring training attendance is down 14%
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Yeah, it's definitely the ticket prices. I'm saving my money for the games that matter.

College baseball team recreates American Express commercial from ‘Major League’
Big League Stew, Mike Oz
This. Is. Awesome.