Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Matt Hoffman improved to 3-6 on the season with some solid work out of the pen in the Flying Tigers 5-3 win over St. Lucie. He gave up unearned run on one hit with a strikeout in four solid innings of relief. Brett Jacobson struck out two in a shutout ninth and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
Devin Thomas belted a two run home run in the first inning. Joseph Tucker went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run.
Lakeland and Dunedin played two and each team walked away with the win. Game one was a 3-0 win in which Mauricio Robles threw six shutout innings. He gave up four hits and he walked two with four strikeouts. Scott Green pitched a shutout ninth for his eight save and Maiko Loyola singled and drove in pair of runs.
In game two, the pitching was as solid but the offense scored just one run. Brett Jacobson took the loss despite giving up just a run on one hit (a solo home run) in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Joshua Workman doubled and he scored the lone run in the 2-1 loss.
The Flying Tigers lost to the Cardinals 2-1 and it was a tepid day at the plate for Lakeland. Jeramy Laster doubled and he scored the lone run while Michael Bertram went two for four.
A solid start by Lauren Gagnier went to waste. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with ten strikeouts in six innings. Brett Jacobson struck two in two shutout innings of relief.
Jeramy Laster scored on Christopher White’s ground out in the top of the tenth and that proved to be the difference as Lakeland took care of Palm Beach 7-6. This one almost got away because Brett Jacobson gave up three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth that allowed the game to go into extra frames. The win snapped the Flying Tigers four game losing streak.
Brendan Wise picked up the win and he improved to 1-0 with two shutout frames. Scott Green pitched a shutout tenth and he earned his sixth save of the season.
Laster was the hitting star. He went two for five with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. Michael Bertram also pitched in with two singles, a run and an RBI.
Alright, John Sickels released his top 20 Tigers prospects and he has an interesting take on the state (or lack there of) of the Tigers minor league system. There’s little argument as to numbers one (Rick Porcello) and two (Ryan Perry), but I thought Brett Jacobson was an interesting number three. Still, after that, we’re already in the C+ so you could make an argument as to any of those guys moving up or down.
One guy who doesn’t get enough love is Ryan Strieby. He didn’t even make the top 20, yet he had a very nice season last year. Baseball America’s list is somewhat different, although my favorite list is Kevin Goldstein’s so I’m interesting to see what he puts out there.
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