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Joseph
08-05-2006, 12:03 PM
The Tigers are going to use 1st round pick Andrew Miller out of the bullpen THIS season, once they can call him up in September.

Ryan Wagner part Deux? Surely not, but it is odd-ish.

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060804&content_id=1592846&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

The_jbh
08-05-2006, 03:01 PM
risky but i guess if ur going to do it a loogy wouldnt be a bad idea, it preserves his arm...

i dunno about being an inning eating reliever. Hopefully the kid doesnt bust, he has some nasty stuff

Jpup
08-05-2006, 03:07 PM
It's worked fine for Boston's Craig Hansen.

KronoRed
08-05-2006, 03:36 PM
Even Wagner did well his first year

dougdirt
08-05-2006, 03:47 PM
Very strange idea... He had it put in his contract that he had to have a September call up, so I guess they might as well use him. What I wonder is what happens next year? Do they send him back to AA as a starter?

Spitball
08-05-2006, 05:07 PM
It's worked fine for Boston's Craig Hansen.

Hmmm...I'm not sure I'd call his 6.00 ERA in four innings last season exactly fine. He has done fine this season, though.

StillFunkyB
08-05-2006, 06:23 PM
Yeah, not sure if I agree with it, but it could work.

Limited role, I am assuming. Not much of a scouting report on him, so he might be useful in some situations.

It's risky messing with the development of a top prospect like that.

Outshined_One
08-05-2006, 08:08 PM
Refresh my memory, was Wagner a starter when he was drafted?

I know Hansen wasn't.

MrCinatit
08-05-2006, 08:19 PM
Refresh my memory, was Wagner a starter when he was drafted?
I know Hansen wasn't.

Wagner was a pure and simple reliever when he was drafted, IIRC. I think there had been small rumblings of him being eventually turned into a starter, but those were quickly thrown out the window.

toledodan
08-06-2006, 01:44 AM
with the way things are playing out with the tiger's lead leyland is going to rest the starters as much as he can. there is talk of maybe a 6 man rotation. the starters are good but are getting very tired. verlander isn't pitching sunday due to arm fatigue.

Team Clark
08-06-2006, 01:51 AM
Yeah, not sure if I agree with it, but it could work.

Limited role, I am assuming. Not much of a scouting report on him, so he might be useful in some situations.

It's risky messing with the development of a top prospect like that.

Limited role...no scouting report... he could be effective in spots. Could give the go to guys a break down the stretch.

Team Clark
08-06-2006, 01:51 AM
Refresh my memory, was Wagner a starter when he was drafted?

I know Hansen wasn't.

No, he was a closer.

OnBaseMachine
08-06-2006, 02:24 AM
Andrew Miller is going to be an absolute stud, IMO. Physically he will remind you of Mark Mulder, stuff wise he is more comparable to Randy Johnson with a fastball that can touch the upper 90's and a nasty slider. He'll probably win a Cy Young or two in his career.

The Tigers are loaded with young pitching right now. Jeremy Bonderman(3.81 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .697 OPSA, 8.70 K/9) and Justin Verlander(2.79 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .660 OPSA, 6.12 K/9) are both only 23 and are having success at the major league level. Zach Miner(4.03 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, .686 OPSA, 1:45 G/F rate) is a solid back of the rotation starter. Then you look no further than AAA and you find a stud in Humberto Sanchez, who possesses electric stuff and has the potential to be a number two starter in the bigs, and Jordan Tata, who reminds me of a poor man's Aaron Harang.

And I'm not even counting the young power arms in the bullpen like Wilfredo Ledezma, Joel Zumaya, and Fernando Rodney.

Justin Verlander
Andrew Miller
Jeremy Bonderman
Humberto Sanchez
Zach Miner

That is probably going to be the best rotation is baseball for a while as long as they stay healthy and remain in Detroit.

dougdirt
08-06-2006, 02:30 AM
OBM you are also counting on Zumaya staying in the pen, which I am not sure is the case. They are poised to be very good for a long stretch if they can score at all.

Highlifeman21
08-06-2006, 07:10 AM
Very strange idea... He had it put in his contract that he had to have a September call up, so I guess they might as well use him. What I wonder is what happens next year? Do they send him back to AA as a starter?


Ah another Wily Mo Pena contract...

What a logjam that created for a nice 5 year stretch in the Queen City.

Pretty sure this kid Miller won't make people forget about Zumaya or Verlander, so let him come up and get hazed as a rook and then go about his business after Spring Training next year and we'll see where in the organization he falls.