Friday, August 04, 2006

Andrew Miller Signed, Verlander to Skip Start

According to the Detroit Tiger Weblog, The Tigers signed first round draft pick Andrew Miller to a four year contract today. This was a much quicker signing than I expected given the problems they had signing Justin Verlander and Cameron Maybin. He was regarded as the best prospect in this years draft and only fell to the Tigers at the 9th pick because of signability issues.

Jason Beck says that the contract will include a September call-up. It's hard to believe he'll play an important role this early. It may just be a case of his getting acclimated to the Major League atmosphere. He is a pretty advanced prospect though and is expected to move through the system quickly. He should arrive in the majors for good within a year or two.

Justin Verlander

The other big news of the day is that Justin Verlander will have his start skipped on Sunday. This sounds like bad news at first glance but Danny Knobler assures us he is fine. His start is being skipped in order to keep him fresh. He has never pitched more than 130 innings in a year before and Leyland wants to make sure he does not get overworked. Wil Ledezma will pitch in his place. I think this is a great move. Verlander will pitch next Friday against the White Sox.

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