August 16th, 2011

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Twins

Jim Leyland had said last night he would probably bat Delmon Young third even after Brennan Boesch returned to the lineup, and he wasn’t lying. Boesch is back and still batting second. Boesch goes to right field, while Young stays in left. Don Kelly gets the start at third base over Wilson Betemit, while Ramon Santiago starts at second over Ryan Raburn.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Trevor Plouffe, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. Rene Tosoni, LF
  8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
  9. Drew Butera, C

P: Nick Blackburn

Tigers finish up draft dealings with 33 picks signed

The Tigers officially announced the Tyler Gibson signing Tuesday, along with 18th-round pick Brett Harrison of Green Valley (Nevada) High School. Those two deadline deals wrap up their draft with 33 out of 50 selections signed, including everyone in the top 20 rounds. For a team that didn’t have a first-round pick and took some chances on some high schoolers on the second day, that’s a pretty good haul.

Supposedly there was some hope that the Tigers might be able to add one more big signing with Mitch Mormann, a big right-handed college pitcher who sat out the spring after transferring from LSU to Wichita State. But considering he paid his way at WSU this past year to work with coaches there and get back on track with his career, it can’t be a complete shock that he’d stick around. He turned down a 17th-round pick from the Giants in 2008 and a 20th-round pick from the Indians a year later.

The highest Tigers pick to not sign this year is 21st-rounder Scott Squier, a lanky left-hander who will play college ball at the University of Hawaii.

Harrison was also slated to play at Hawaii, but opted to turn pro instead. He gives the Tigers another potential third-base prospect.