• http://www.facebook.com/adam.mahler Adam Mahler

    While the minor league system may be depleted now, it has historically been loaded alleged major league ready pitchers. Dombrowski has gotten the Tigers to where they are by drafting a ton of highly rated pitchers, keeping the ones he likes (Porcello) and dealing the rest for position players. They have the best position player in the league that was acquired through one of the most spectacularly one sided trades in history. I’m starting to be surprised more of these “next tiger superstars” haven’t emerged somewhere as a significant piece, but it may just be a testimony to Dombrowski. It’s like our own brand of moneyball. I think I’ll take the Tigers over the Royals any day. Wasn’t it 2 years they were on the cover of SI because of their loaded farm system? Congrats on that and 4th place last year.

    • http://www.walkoffwoodward.com/ Josh Worn

      Excellent comment.

  • Blaxpheme

    I’m really, REALLY over the year after year, of having to hear (Lynn Henning for one) how the Royals are ‘up and coming’, only to see them lose 95+ games year in/out. In 2013 look for more of the same, I’m telling you right here, despite their ‘upgrades’, this team will again, lose 90 games. Book it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/throwsplastic Christopher Wojciechowski

    The analysts always see the Tigers’ system differently from the Tigers’ fellow major league teams. One thing you have to notice is that every year the Tigers’ system is depleted, every year they rank poorly. Its been like this for most of Dombrowski’s time in Detroit. There’s usually one stud pitcher and one could be very good position player. The rest of the system? Depleted. And yet teams keep taking our players in exchange for major league talent (Casper Wells, Matt Joyce)… Guys like Avi Garcia, Andy Dirks, the Brennan Boesch of 2011, prior to his thumb injury… they keep emerging at the big league level and proving useful as starters for a near perennial playoff contender in the Central. Guys like Smyly and Wilk prove to have useful talents and could develop. The system looks depleted from the outside – but Dombrowski always finds the help he needs to put around his stars.

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