May 30th, 2006

Verlander named Player of the Week

Justin Verlander was named co-winner the AL Player of the Week award announced today, sharing it with Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford. Jason Johnson was the last Tigers pitcher to win it back in 2004. Walt Terrell in ’91 was the last before that. We’ll see what that means for Verlander in Rookie of the Month voting among media members in a couple days. The fact that Papelbon actually gave up a run this month might help this case, but not much.

More draft stuff

Those of you who have a subscription to Baseball America might be interested in this piece from Monday on University of Texas center fielder Drew Stubbs. It pretty sums up the gamble the Tigers and other teams in the early part of the first round have to weigh when evaluating him. Great athlete – if he can hit.