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Tigers Draft Andrew Miller in First Round of Amateur Draft

When the best player in the draft falls into your lap, you have to take him.  The big knock on Andrew Miller wasn’t that he couldn’t throw, it was that he was going to cost whoever drafted him.  He was billed as the best player in the draft, and he’s a Detroit Tiger.  Jeff Passan has an excellent column on Miller so be to check it out.

This is an encouraging sign for the franchise.  It shows that Mike Illitch is willing to open up his pocket book to create some homegrown talent.


Seems like a solid prospect, but is there any concern over his signing demands a la Cameron Maybin?

Posted by Mark on June 6th, 2006 at 11:39 am

this guy has had signability issues when he was drafted by the devil rays in 2003. this guy has major talent. They had better get a deal done. I’m off to UScrapular field in few minutes.

Posted by Michael on June 6th, 2006 at 12:31 pm

Maybin and Verlander both had signability issues and the Tigers got them both inked. Money talks and BS walks, so you’d “hope” the Tigers wouldn’t have taken him if they hadn’t expected to pay the price.

Posted by Brian on June 6th, 2006 at 12:40 pm

I think they’ll do what it takes. I don’t know that the kind of money spent on these players is usually worth it (many think not), but I sure do like to see first rate talent being chosen by the Tigers. Let’s hope he signs. It’s going to cost the Tigers, but isn’t it great to see them going for it? I’m loving it…

Posted by Dan on June 6th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

how long is Dombrowski gonna sit back and watch this garbage bullpen before he makes a move? Tough loss tonight…

Posted by Darryl on June 6th, 2006 at 6:51 pm

It’s getting a bit tough to stomach right now. The offense shouldn’t be left off the hook, they’re not exactly providing ample run support. Make the bullpen unnecessary once in a while would be a nice touch.

Posted by KS on June 7th, 2006 at 5:52 am

I was at that loss last night and I’m sick about it. I live in chicago and go when the tigers are in town and I have seen one continuous 8 year game. Tigers lead entire game and the black sox win on a dramatic homer…i sit…i watch the masterbatory fireworks while taking insults from moronic fans. One guy actualy looked at me and screamed out Vagina! he was sitting there with his wife and because I was wearing my 1974 tigers away hat, he felt the urge to scream out “Vagina!” the sox did everything to lose that game. they ran the bases horrifically…they fouled out on 3-0 pitches with men in scoring position…but we did the unthinkable. we walk guys in the bottom of the order. Rodney, as good as I think he is, let me down.

Posted by Michael on June 7th, 2006 at 5:53 am

I agree KS. We were sitting there last night talking about how great it would be to go up by 6 runs and just enjoy the game. We scatter a few solo homers and thats it. plus how about that ground-rule double in the first!!!! right when that happened dan and I looked at each other and instantly knew that that was the run we were going to lose by. By the way, what a moronic rule! granderson had second stolen and he has to hold up at third???? you mean to tell me he wouldnt have scored on that! the ground-rule rule just kills the team on offense on that situation. if the guy is in motion (stealing or moving on 3-2 with 2 outs) the runner at first should be awarded home! plus you got love Alexis Gomex being inserted in the 6 spot right outta AAA just because he was left handed! I’m glad we saved Thames’ homer for the next inning. God forbid if he is the one hitting 6th with the bases loaded in the first. I have no problem with Gomez playing every day over Monroe. Monroe is complete trash. but there is no way you put Gomez in front of Thames!

Posted by Michael on June 7th, 2006 at 5:58 am

Garbage bullpen? Isn’t that a overstating things a bit? They’ve been thrown into some pretty fierce situations this season, and saved the starters’ bacon quite a few times.(…Todd Jones aside; he’s been not good.) I bet there are about twenty-five teams that would trade us garbage bullpens right now.

I think the reason it seems so glaring currently is they’ve blown a few games after we’ve already breathed a sigh of relief thinking the game was in the bag. I just hope Rodney can shake this one off.

Posted by Matt on June 7th, 2006 at 6:10 am

I agree with matt that we have a good bullpen. Rodney will no doubt shake it off. we need to start scoring some more runs. we need to use our bullpen much more effectivly. we have too much talent in there to use guys like Jones and Grille in situations that can hurt us. last night still bugs me. i cant get that ground-rule double out of my head… when i think of that all i can hear is Hawk Harrelson yammering about how the sox never get breaks. F you Harrelson!

Posted by Michael on June 7th, 2006 at 7:16 am

I still think the bullpen is garbage no matter what you guys say. They just let the go ahead run in the bottom of the 7th. If you think Fernando Rodney is a great pitcher I dont know what your looking at. The guy seems lost out there at times and he allows way too many baserunners.

Posted by Darryl on June 7th, 2006 at 6:17 pm

If we break Urbina out of prison does that mean he can pitch for us this year?

Posted by Darryl on June 7th, 2006 at 6:34 pm

And so it continues. So much for the Tigers proving they belolng this last week and a half. Just horrendous, here they come crashing to earth just as expected.

Posted by KS on June 7th, 2006 at 6:39 pm

The tigers suck at dring in the run from third with less then 2 outs. dammit they had runners at first and third with no outs in the first and couldnt get a run in! they sat at the cusp of a massive inning and got nothing and then lose by one run. They need to make a move to get a big bat. But i read in the paper today that Leyland wants more speed…I had better not see Logan at all. to even say we need speed over a big bat is insane! I will not sit by and Watch Gomez out in LF all season.

Posted by Michael on June 8th, 2006 at 5:58 am

I’m sorry, but whenever I hear “make a move to get a big bat” I think of Juan Gonzalez and wince. Especially when I hear rumors that they have their eyes on Burnitz. It just worries me because I wonder what they’ll have to give up.

Last night was a tough game, and I don’t mean to sound like an apologist, but if Thames’ line drive finds a hole late in the game, it empties the bases and the Tigers are in business.

Really, nothing I’ve seen in this Sox series worries me too much. It’s just that right now the breaks are going the other way, where when they were going 15-1 a couple weeks ago they were going ours.

There’s 103 games left, and our main opponents haven’t exactly shown themselves to be a juggernaut.

Posted by Matt on June 8th, 2006 at 6:28 am

we need a big bat. when i say big bat, i dont mean some injury prove, overly-paid bum who were offer a $150 million dollar contract to. The sox saw that they needed a big bat and they jumped and got Thome. He is making a massive impact on their lineup. You mean to tell me we shouldnt go try and get an Adam Dunn (if the reds tank it). What about Nick Johnson? there are plenty of guys like johnson out there who are great hitters and who wont cost too much. Carlos Lee…Craig Wilson…shit make a run at Soriano… The reason you stock your farm system is to obviously have a steady flow of good prospects heading north, but also to have prospects to trade when you are making a run. What I saw in the sox series is the lack of the big inning. We began the game with men on the corners and no outs. the big inning was there for the taking.

Posted by Michael on June 8th, 2006 at 7:32 am

Matt I do agree about thames’ line drive. He was the right guy to have up. Usually i dont advocate going after the first pitch in that situation but he got something to drive. I really like thames and have liked him for a long time.

Posted by Michael on June 8th, 2006 at 7:34 am


Good points and I agree. I was telling anybody who’d listen last year that the Tigers needed a masher like Pronk so they didn’t have to get six hits in an inning to score more than a couple runs. I’m just nervous (I blame Randy Smith) because I’m afraid they won’t get a legitimate big bat like Johnson or Dunn and will settle for a guy who’s played the role in the past.

Also, I should clarify that when I say I haven’t seen anything in this series that worries me, I mean that there’s no NEW worries that didn’t previously exist.

Posted by Matt on June 8th, 2006 at 7:41 am


I fully agree. we need a legit hitter ..not a guy who use to play one on tv. they need a win tonight. it will be big to exit this tought streatch still being in first place.

Posted by Michael on June 8th, 2006 at 7:59 am

there is a rumor floating around that thhe tigers are nterested in trading for Matt Stairs…well, he is better than Monroe.

Posted by Michael on June 8th, 2006 at 9:10 am

Could we arrange it so Bonderman could pitch to him every at bat, but still have it count for the Tigers?

Posted by Matt on June 8th, 2006 at 9:36 am

I would take matt stairs…they need a left handed power hitter and he seems to hit well at comerica.

Posted by Darryl on June 8th, 2006 at 2:08 pm

ok this game is as close to a must win as there is. Win tonight and we stay in first. to end a crappy stretch and to still be in first would be a big victory.

Posted by michael on June 8th, 2006 at 4:00 pm

dmitri young in rehab? does anyone know what its for?

Posted by Darryl on June 8th, 2006 at 5:55 pm

He was arrested for crimes against the strike zone. He’d been binge swinging all week, and he was drunk with groundouts.

Posted by Dan on June 8th, 2006 at 8:28 pm

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