Thursday, October 27, 2005


There is a column at the MLB Detroit Tiger site regarding the performance of Cameron Maybin and some other players in the instructional league. The news in this article about Maybin is mostly fluff but by all accounts he is the best raw prospect to come into the Tigers system in many many years. I'm really looking forward to watching his progress. The best news in the article might be that Justin Verlander appears healthy.

Here are some of the highlights:

On Maybin:

"I saw a kid that has a world of ability," Tigers Minor League field coordinator Glenn Ezell said. "I saw a kid that was not afraid to work. I saw a kid that was a very good teammate. I saw a guy whose makeup is very strong, as is his baseball ability."

"By all accounts, Maybin took to the (instructional league) format. On the field, he showed signs of the talent that made him the second-ranked high school player in the draft, hitting a couple of home runs and displaying a quick bat for his lanky 6-foot-4 frame. Defensively, the center fielder showed strong instincts and read the ball well off the bat."

"The guys, they really took to him and he took to them," Ezell said. "He fit right in and was a treat to be around."

On Justin Verlander:

"Verlander pitched the first and last days of Instructional League, Ezell said, making a handful of starts on a regular schedule in between and throwing at full velocity. A couple of mechanical adjustments were the only tweaks made, and he's expected to report to Spring Training at full strength."


"The Tigers had more good news on the injury front when Colby Lewis returned to game action.

This time, Ezell said, Lewis returned in health, making a handful of relief appearances in the Instructional League, including back-to-back innings. If he remains healthy, he could pitch in games next Spring Training."

"Jeff Frazier picked up his hot hitting where he left off from Class A West Michigan. Fifth-round draft pick Jeff Larish continued to show his power at the plate while honing his craft at first base. "

1 comment:

  1. Just once I want to hear some minor league coach say, of a highly touted prospect, "This kid is terrified of work. He doesn't give a shit what goes on out there. Horrible attitude. He's not worth the resources that go into cleaning his game jerseys."

    Just for variety.



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