PODCAST: Tigers SRD (July 3, 2013)

On this week’s episode, Ben and Roger talk about ” BroOhio,” Rick Porcello’s 6 game suspension and the Tiger’s latest struggles.

Tigers SRD (July 3, 2013)

PODCAST: Tigers SRD (June 26, 2013)

In this edition of Tigers SRD, Ben, Roger and Mike discuss the use of Drew Smyly, Jose Valverde and the rest of the Tigers bullpen.

Tigers SRD (June 26, 2013)

PODCAST: Tigers SRD (June 12, 2013)

Roger Castillo and Ben Szilagy talk Tigers and the relief pitching concerns heading into the middle of the season.

Tigers SRD (June 12, 2013)

CASTILLO: Tigers Restocking the Cupboards with Pitching

by Roger Castillo (@RogCast81)

The Tigers farm system, for the first time in quite a while, has some promising prospects. Hernan Perez and Dixon Machado at shortstop, Devon Travis at second base, Nick Castellanos, Danny Fields and Avasil Garcia in the outfield. Some are not household names yet, but what about starting pitching?

Think about it for second. What if one of the starting five goes down, what pitching prospects do do the Tigers have?

Toledo:

Casey Crosby. The left-hander is 2-5 with an ERA of 4.53 with a WHIP of 1.53. He does have 55 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched.

Erie:

Kyle Lobstein (who the Tigers acquired from the Mets) is another lefty who has done very well this season.5-3 with a ERA of 3.19 with a WHIP of 1.28. Australian Warwick Saupold is off to a good start sporting a 4-2 record with an ERA of 2.96 where batters are just hitting .228 against him.

Beyond that, in the single-A level, starting pitching has been missing. This year’s draft is addressing that need. When Baseball America says that Jonathon Crawford, the Tigers 2013 First Round pick, is your second best prospect behind Nick Castellanos that is saying a lot. The Tigers went with six straight college pitchers in the first two days of the draft.

  • Jonathan Crawford, (20th overall), Florida
  • Corey Knebel, (39th overall), Texas
  • Kevin Ziomek, 2nd round (58th overall), Vanderbilt
  • Jeff Thompson, 4th round, (94th overall), Louisville
  • Austin Kubitza, 4th round, Rice
  • Buck Farmer, 5th round, (156th overall), Georgia Tech

With former star pitching prospect Jacob Turner now in the Miami Marlins organization, the Tigers replenished some starter depth and have positioned themselves with some potential future trade bait. Pitching can come from any round and as the draft continues through the weekend, the Tigers will continue to add more depth.