Tigers acquire Brandon Jones from Pirates

It isn’t often this time year you see a minor-league outfielder traded for a player to be named later. The Tigers have now done it twice. A couple days after dealing the recently-designated Wilkin Ramirez to the Braves, Detroit acquired Brandon Jones from the Pirates for a PTBNL.

The 26-year-old Jones, a former Braves prospect until this year, is heading to Double-A Erie after batting .248 with Eastern League foe Altoona. He hit one home run to go with seven RBIs in 109 at-bats. He hit .205 with Triple-A Indianapolis before that with three homers and 14 RBIs. 
The move adds some depth to a system that was thinning out at the upper levels. The Ramirez trade took another outfielder out of Toledo, which already lost Clete Thomas for the year. Jeff Larish’s future is uncertain after being designated on Friday, Jeff Frazier is now in Detroit, and Ryan Strieby hasn’t played since the first couple innings Sunday.


I guess I’d rather have Wilkin Ramirez than Brandon Jones. 40-man roster rules make things trickier than that, though. Not that I think either of these guys will ever do anything of note in the big leagues.

JL and DD can certainly be faulted for some of their mistakes. I cut short my post on the last thread. You cannot fault the current scouting department under David Chadd. The results of the first round picks since 2004 are Verlander, Porcello, Perry and Cabrera (being obtained for two first round picks). Check the drafts from previous six to ten years and you see why their record was so poor.

Their scouting is certainly better now than it used to be. That said, Perry and Porcello are no sure things, nor is Oliver.

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