Bill James: Tigers 28th in Young Talent Inventory
Though Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said a few times this is as much young talent as he has had in a Spring Training camp, Bill James says Detroit doesn’t have enough young talent at the big league level yet. It’s enough of a deficit that James ranked the Tigers 28th out of 30 Major League teams in Young Talent Inventory in his just-released Bill James Gold Mine 2010.
Tigers have a young talent nucleus–three or four players–that is very
good,” James said in a press release. “Their problem is that what’s outside of those three or
four players is not much of anything. Their top five: Miguel Cabrera,
Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Jose Valverde, Zach Miner.”
James’ list of the 20 most valuable “properties” among young players in the Majors includes only one Tiger, Miguel Cabrera at No. 9. Nope, Verlander didn’t make the list, though I’m not sure he qualified at age 27. But it’s a very odd list. How odd? Joe Mauer ranked 16th, just behind David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman. Zack Greinke ranked 13th. Jair Jurrjens ranked 19th.