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Title: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on January 10, 2012, 01:16:09 PM
http://detroit.sbnation.com/detroit-tigers/2012/1/10/2696680/tigers-offseason-news-tigers-announce-18-spring-training-invites

Drew Smyly and James McCann were invited to Spring Training with the Tigers.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on January 12, 2012, 10:18:46 AM
BA projects Andy Wilkins to be the starting 1B for the Chicago White Sox in 2015.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2012/2612801.html
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: TUSK_U on January 12, 2012, 11:36:11 AM
But Charlie, the world ends THIS year!
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: gambler on January 12, 2012, 04:07:15 PM
But Charlie, the world ends THIS year!
So you're saying the Cubs will win the World Series?
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: LashHog on January 12, 2012, 04:26:09 PM
So you're saying the Cubs will win the World Series?
Not until 2015, when they beat the newly renamed Miami Marlins....

(http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/715018/cubs.gif)
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on January 17, 2012, 06:21:27 PM
Prospect Watch: Top 10 left-handed pitchers (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120113&content_id=26339048&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&tcid=tw_article_26339048)

10. Drew Smyly, Tigers: At the start of the 2011 season, lefty prospects in Detroit's system like Andy Oliver and Casey Crosby got more of the attention, but it was Smyly who outperformed both of them. In his first full season, Smyly made it to Double-A and led the system in ERA while finishing third in strikeouts, more than enough to earn him MLB.com's nod for the organization's Pitcher of the Year. Smyly fits the mold of a command-and-control college lefty with four pitches -- fastball, cutter, curve and changeup -- that are all usable offerings. If the breaking ball and offspeed stuff continue to improve, it shouldn't be long before he's ready to help out in Detroit.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: bogey7 on January 17, 2012, 06:31:12 PM
Prospect Watch: Top 10 left-handed pitchers (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120113&content_id=26339048&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&tcid=tw_article_26339048)

10. Drew Smyly, Tigers: At the start of the 2011 season, lefty prospects in Detroit's system like Andy Oliver and Casey Crosby got more of the attention, but it was Smyly who outperformed both of them. In his first full season, Smyly made it to Double-A and led the system in ERA while finishing third in strikeouts, more than enough to earn him MLB.com's nod for the organization's Pitcher of the Year. Smyly fits the mold of a command-and-control college lefty with four pitches -- fastball, cutter, curve and changeup -- that are all usable offerings. If the breaking ball and offspeed stuff continue to improve, it shouldn't be long before he's ready to help out in Detroit.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: DirkPiggler on January 17, 2012, 09:23:47 PM
McCann might move up a notch in the pecking order this year.  V-Mart is done for the year with a torn ACL.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on January 19, 2012, 10:55:30 AM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2012/2612808.html

Smyly the #2 prospect in the Tigers organization, McCann #9.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Razorhog72 on January 19, 2012, 11:40:38 AM
I had a dream last night about baseball season. When I finally came to, and wondered why my shorts were tight, i realized we have a legit 7/8 person freaking starting rotaion  O0


Baux, Stanek, Moore, Astin, Lynch, Daniel, Fant, Suggs, Sanburn.

**Not to mention the incoming noobs**
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on January 30, 2012, 01:12:14 PM
Interesting interview with Drew Smyly:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/qa-drew-smyly-tigers-pitching-prospect/

Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: wmr on January 30, 2012, 02:34:15 PM
I'm looking for the new baseball schedule wallpaper and can't find it.   :'(
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: LashHog on January 30, 2012, 02:38:46 PM
I'm looking for the new baseball schedule wallpaper and can't find it.   :'(
Look harder...

http://woopig.net/board/index.php?topic=78479.msg1476575#msg1476575
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Aporkalypse_Now on January 30, 2012, 05:43:24 PM
I follow Smyly on twitter.  That cat loves him some Razorback sports, always talking about the Hogs, went to the Cotton Bowl, etc.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: SunshineSweaterman on January 30, 2012, 06:10:20 PM
I follow Smyly on twitter.  That cat loves him some Razorback sports, always talking about the Hogs, went to the Cotton Bowl, etc.

I bumped into him on Bourbon Street the night before the Sugar Bowl.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Aporkalypse_Now on January 30, 2012, 06:13:47 PM
I bumped into him on Bourbon Street the night before the Sugar Bowl.

Little known fact:  His family owns Smyly's Crab Shack on Lake Hamilton.

Pretty sure it's an uncle that owns it.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on January 31, 2012, 08:13:34 AM
Blake Parker invited to Spring Training with the Cubs:

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120130&content_id=26512778&vkey=pr_chc&c_id=chc

Blake Parker, 26, went 4-5 with seven saves and a 3.23 ERA (27 ER/75.1 IP) in 53 relief appearances last season between Tennessee and Iowa, combining to strike out 80 batters in 75.1 innings.  He was promoted to Triple-A in May and went 3-3 with four saves and a 2.81 ERA (16 ER/51.1 IP) in 37 outings.  Parker was selected by the Cubs in the 16th round of the 2006 Draft.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on February 01, 2012, 08:32:16 AM
http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/texas-rangers/post/_/id/4877656/surprise-positional-outlook-center-field-2

That leaves Craig Gentry as the returning player with the most experience, and he's going to get his shot to win the job (and, if you ask me, he deserves it). He's spent the offseason playing winter ball to get more at-bats and is focused on showing he belongs in that job full-time in 2012.

Gentry was called up in May when Nelson Cruz went on the disabled list and, outside of a two-week stint on the concussion disabled list, he stayed on the active roster. He started 33 games in center field in 2011 and the 28-year-old ended up hitting .271 with a homer and 13 RBIs. His speed was a weapon tracking balls down in center and also on the bases, where he was 18-for-18 in stolen bases. One of his focuses this season is attempting more steals to take even more advantage of his speed.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on February 08, 2012, 09:46:38 AM
Tigers' Dave Dombrowski touts Drew Smyly as candidate for No. 5 starter (http://www.freep.com/article/20120207/SPORTS02/120207053/detroit-tigers-dave-dombrowski-drew-smyly?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p)
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on February 21, 2012, 01:13:56 PM
Tuesday's Tigers Q&A: Pitcher Drew Smyly
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120221/SPORTS0104/202210315/

Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 08, 2012, 08:40:58 AM
http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2012/03/drew_smyly_to_start_for_detroi.html

Not sure what his total stats are for the Spring so far, but he through a couple of shutout innings in his last start.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 09, 2012, 07:20:04 AM
Too bad for Forsythe. Had a good chance to make the team.

Logan Forsythe has returned to San Diego and is expected to undergo surgery soon on his left foot.
Forsythe tried to test the troublesome foot on Wednesday and Thursday in Padres camp but felt lingering pain and discomfort. The 25-year-old infielder can be ruled out for Opening Day, and might miss the first few months of the 2012 season if he indeed goes under the knife.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: TUSK_U on March 09, 2012, 07:47:31 AM
Too bad for Forsythe. Had a good chance to make the team.

Logan Forsythe has returned to San Diego and is expected to undergo surgery soon on his left foot.
Forsythe tried to test the troublesome foot on Wednesday and Thursday in Padres camp but felt lingering pain and discomfort. The 25-year-old infielder can be ruled out for Opening Day, and might miss the first few months of the 2012 season if he indeed goes under the knife.

Damn, that is a shame.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Jose Papoopoo on March 09, 2012, 08:01:45 AM
Anybody have any info on Schmidt?  Can't find much on him. I guess he has been the same since the Tommy John surgery.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 09, 2012, 08:37:23 AM
Anybody have any info on Schmidt?  Can't find much on him. I guess he has been the same since the Tommy John surgery.

He started last year in the Arizona League (rehab) and went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA with 9 K in 8 IP.

He was 3-5 at A+ with a 3.84 ERA and 58 K in 63.1 IP.

He was traded to the Rockies in the off-season.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 09, 2012, 10:06:38 AM
Welker not household name, but there's hope (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12068/1215266-63.stm)

This time last year, pitcher Duke Welker was one the nameless masses clopping their cleats around Pirate City, but he spent the past year making a name for himself in the Pirates organization.

Welker was a surprise addition to the 40-man roster this offseason, having appeared in eight games above Class A in a five-year minor league career. But, at 6 feet 7 with a 96 mph fastball, Welker showed enough progress that the Pirates' front office wanted to protect him from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster.


Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Show-Me Hog on March 09, 2012, 02:17:23 PM
No reports on Zach Cox or Brett Eibner?
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Tusk till Dawn on March 09, 2012, 02:27:12 PM
Zack Cox started the other day for STL against the Nats. He went 1-3 with 2 K's.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 09, 2012, 02:30:54 PM
Eibner is in minor league camp.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: ocelot_ark on March 13, 2012, 03:58:39 PM
Gentry just had a pretty nasty tumble in the outfield.  Tried diving for a line drive and landed awkwardly.  He had to leave the game...but he might be out for a bit.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 13, 2012, 04:45:20 PM
Gentry just had a pretty nasty tumble in the outfield.  Tried diving for a line drive and landed awkwardly.  He had to leave the game...but he might be out for a bit.


sprained wrist
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 18, 2012, 05:05:14 PM
Smyly threw 4 scoreless innings against the Cardinals yesterday.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 26, 2012, 10:14:42 AM
http://thecardinalnationblog.com/2012/03/24/cardinals-minor-league-spring-training-notebook-0323-3/

Friday’s Pitcher of the Day: Memphis’ Jess Todd fanned six in 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. The right-hander has had some ups and downs in his career and perhaps 2012 will be another peak.



Hopefully Jess can put together some good starts and get back into MLB.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Tusk till Dawn on March 26, 2012, 01:01:17 PM
I didn't know the Cardinals got Jess Todd back from the Indians.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 26, 2012, 01:40:58 PM
I didn't know the Cardinals got Jess Todd back from the Indians.

The Indians DFAed him last year, he was claimed by the Yankees, who then DFAed him and he was claimed by the Cards.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 26, 2012, 06:30:11 PM
Padres placed 2B Logan Forsythe on the 15-day disabled list with a broken foot.
He's the first player in the league officially placed on the disabled list, but many more will be coming. Forsythe is expected to be sidelined a minimum of six more weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken left foot earlier this month. The 25-year-old infielder could miss the first few months of the 2012 season, depending on how his rehab goes.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 27, 2012, 03:54:49 PM
Andrew Oliver got drilled today. Smyly pitches tomorrow.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: gonzohog on March 28, 2012, 10:16:24 AM
James McCann had a solo homerun on Sunday for the Tigers, too.  I really hope to see the day McCann is catching Smyly for the Old English D.  Hopefully Smyly has a great outing today.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 28, 2012, 01:36:08 PM
Smyly gave up 3 in 4.2 innings.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: gonzohog on March 28, 2012, 03:44:59 PM
That could have gone a little better.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 29, 2012, 09:03:40 AM
http://www.newbergreport.com/article.asp?articleid=2544

Texas has three young center fielders with legitimate chances to help in 2012: Craig Gentry, Borbon, and Leonys Martin, with odds of contributing probably in that order (even if you might rank their upside in reverse).

Gentry has this Nick Johnson/Roy Tarpley aspect to his career that unfortunately has to be factored in.  He had Tommy John surgery in college.  Since joining the Rangers, there have been right knee and hamstring and left knee and right wrist and thigh and concussion and groin injuries that have cost him time.  This spring alone, he’s been slowed at various times by hamstring and wrist issues, as well as a bout of dehydration that forced him out of Sunday’s game against the Angels in the third inning.

Ron Washington expressed his frustration after that game, suggesting that Gentry needs to stay on the field to earn a meaningful role with this team, an obvious observation but one that resonates when it comes from the manager’s mouth late in camp and involves a player needing once again to prove himself.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: shortstop6 on March 29, 2012, 12:21:29 PM
Gentry has this Nick Johnson/Roy Tarpley aspect to his career that unfortunately has to be factored in. 

When I read that someone has a "Roy Tarpley aspect," I don't think of injuries being their primary problem.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 29, 2012, 01:24:38 PM
Andrew Oliver was optioned to AAA today.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on March 29, 2012, 05:54:36 PM
Great article about Drew Smyly's last ST start:
http://www.freep.com/article/20120329/SPORTS02/203290532/Tigers-Drew-Smyly-limits-damage-against-Cardinals?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs


Zack Cox is going to start the season at AAA.

Blake Parker got sent to minor league camp today.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on April 01, 2012, 09:00:27 AM
Freep Tigers ‏ @freeptigers  Reply  Retweet  Favorite · Open
Drew Smyly was just told by Tigers officials that he has won fifth starter job. "I am speechless," Smyly said.

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Tigers don't need fifth starter immediately. Smyly was told he will make one start in minors before big-league debut.


 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on April 01, 2012, 10:43:46 AM
http://www.freep.com/article/20120401/SPORTS02/120401005/Detroit-Tigers-Drew-Smyly-wins-open-spot-in-rotation?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE


Nick Schmidt will start at AA Tulsa.

Andy Wilkins will start at AA Birmingham.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on April 03, 2012, 08:39:36 AM
Boubon got assigned to AAA yesterday, good news for Gentry.


http://www.the700level.com/baseball-philadelphia-phillies/news/Photo-Cliff-Lee-Drives-a-Golf-Cart-Like-?blockID=681776&feedID=8510

(http://www.the700level.com/images/720878.jpg)
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on April 11, 2012, 12:56:15 PM
Cliff Lee got a ND in his first start. 6 IP, 1 ER (on a wild pitch, somehow), 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.

Schmidt got roughed up at AA: 4.1 IP, 6 R (6 ER), 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K's (12.46 era, ND)

Keuchel got off to a great start (AAA): 6.0, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 K's, WIN

Smyly is starting for the Tigers tomorrow.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Death By Sooiecide on April 12, 2012, 12:19:40 PM
Smyly just got out of a bases loaded 0 out first inning jam v the Rays.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on April 12, 2012, 12:22:11 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore;_ylt=AqoYlHh0ttG3ZtA3baq.42oRvLYF?gid=320412106
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on April 12, 2012, 01:46:35 PM
4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

not bad...on the hook for the loss right now as the Tigers are down 1-0
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Stephen Colboar on April 12, 2012, 02:38:33 PM
3 run 5th for Detroit and he's off the hook.

Not bad.

I spot started him in the woopig league today. Wish he could've gone a little deeper, but I'll take those numbers every day.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on April 23, 2012, 07:48:44 AM
Phillies placed LHP Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with a left oblique strain.

Drew Smyly is the 1st Tigers pitcher ever to start his first 3 career games and allow 1 run or fewer in each of them.

Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: ocelot_ark on April 23, 2012, 07:53:30 AM

Drew Smyly is the 1st Tigers pitcher ever to start his first 3 career games and allow 1 run or fewer in each of them.

Yeah, posted in the MLB thread, but he looked pretty awesome yesterday.  He really only had a couple of bad pitches.  The Rangers analyst in the booth, Tom Grieve, was very impressed by him.  I was, too, of course. 
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Cobbler on April 30, 2012, 08:27:54 PM
Craig Gentry just hit his first ever over-the-fence major league home run tonight in Toronto. He had an inside-the-parker last year, but this was his first time to clear the fences. To make it even better, the pitcher he hit it off of went to Auburn.  :thumbup:  :beer:
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Aporkalypse_Now on April 30, 2012, 08:55:53 PM
Craig Gentry just hit his first ever over-the-fence major league home run tonight in Toronto. He had an inside-the-parker last year, but this was his first time to clear the fences. To make it even better, the pitcher he hit it off of went to Auburn.  :thumbup:  :beer:

He's right at .300 and hitting .400 over his last 9 games.  The Rangers love him.

Josh being hurt means more PT for Gentry and he's making good use of it.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on May 01, 2012, 07:37:57 AM
And Eric Hinske was 4-4 last night. He hasn't been getting much playing time, hopefully it will pick up.
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Tim Calhoun on May 01, 2012, 08:50:17 AM
And Eric Hinske was 4-4 last night. He hasn't been getting much playing time, hopefully it will pick up.

He filled in for Heyward, yes?  So I doubt he will be getting much time in right when he's healthy.  Who do they have in left?
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: CharlieHog on May 01, 2012, 09:33:49 AM
He filled in for Heyward, yes?  So I doubt he will be getting much time in right when he's healthy.  Who do they have in left?

You're right, he filled in for Heyward. They have Prado in left. Hinske can also play first base (Freeman).
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Judas on May 02, 2012, 01:10:06 PM
Nick Schmidt pitches 5.2 scoreless at the Dick last night and nary a word from anyone about it?
Title: Re: Pro Baseball Hogs 2012
Post by: Tim Calhoun on May 04, 2012, 12:25:10 AM
Nick Schmidt pitches 5.2 scoreless at the Dick last night and nary a word from anyone about it?

Yeah the paper made NO mention of his Razorback connection.  Of course the Drillers lost also.  If he's still there in June the Drillers play a 4 game series at the Dick where one would assume he would get another start.