Tigers announce 19 minor-league contracts

The Tigers formally announced their first batch of minor-league contracts, 19 of them, on Monday. Most of the bigger ones were already reported, including Matt Tuiasosopo, Shawn Hill and Kevin Russo. Some are simple re-signings of guys already in the system who became minor-league free agents, such as Argenis Diaz. Some are new, notably former Dodgers reliever Carlos Monasterios and former Angels pitcher Trevor Bell.

For the most part, the deals provide some depth in the Tigers farm system and protection against injuries. Think about where the Tigers might have been without Quintin Berry this past summer, or what Darin Downs meant in a few key games, and you get the idea how moves like this sometimes end up making a huge difference.

Here’s the list so far ….

  • RHPs: Trevor Bell, Cesar Carrillo, Shane Dyer, Shawn Hill, Micah Kellogg, David Kopp, Victor Larez, Carlos Monasterios, Jesse Todd.
  • LHPs: Jose Alvarez, Ramon Garcia, Efrain Nieves
  • Catcher: Brad Davis
  • Infielders: Argenis Diaz, Lance Durham, John Lindsey
  • Utility: Marcus Lemon, Kevin Russo, Matt Tuiasosopo

Monasterios is an interesting deal. The 26-year-old right-hander made 13 starts and 19 relief appearances for the Dodgers as a Rule 5 pick in 2010, tossing 88 1/3 innings before losing the last two seasons to injuries. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011, then needed another season-ending surgery on his ulna nerve last spring. The Dodgers released him in April. If he can make it, he could be a decent depth option for the Tigers in the bullpen.

Monasterios has been pitching as a starter in winter ball in Venezuela, allowing 11 runs on 18 hits over 12 innings.

The deal for Tuiasosopo includes an invite to Spring Training. It’s worth $525,000 if he makes the big-league club. He can ask for his release if he’s not on the big league roster by June 1.

Kellogg, too, is an interesting story, signed out of a tryout at Tigertown in September after going undrafted out of Flagler College last summer. The right-hander will report to minor-league camp this spring.

16 Comments

Porcello last season:
FB: 69% ( 45% two seams)/Slider 15% CB 3.7/CH 13.7%
91.3 MPH ave.
He was a 95 MPH pitcher when drafted

Thanx for getting back on that.

You re welcome

Yes, thanks El Tigre. Was it 45% 2-seam and 24% 4-seam?? Now can you get to how players hit the different pitches against him?

Yes: 21.6 % Four 45.2 % two seam

Ramon and Danny have some competition headed their way in SP.

Fangraphs has him using a cutter in 2009 and no more.
Sinker? 0%
Runs above average: FB -4.2 Two seams -18.6 Curve 1.2 slider :0.3

Before someone get in panic mode I would like to talk about Bruce Rondon most recent game. He was part of one of the most bizarre games I have ever seen. His team was losing 12-8 after 8. His team scored 8 runs in the top 9 and he allowed 5 in the bottom 9 for his first L and blsave after being 4-0 with 3 saves and 0.90 ERA. He allowed 1 run in 10.2 and 5 in one.
He has been pretty dominant and he has the closer mindset.He was really mad after being unable to control the game( you wont see him smiling after failing). He really cares about winning
This year, the Venezuelan league has a higher level than usual . Venezuelans players want to win the Classic and many big leaguer are already playing : Asdrubal Cabrera, Gerardo Parra ,Blanco . Carlos Zambrano. And Sandoval is training. Miguel wont play in the league ( supposedly he has some issues with the manager of his team here) but he will be in the Classic
Re Garcia . He had only 8 AB last year. I wont be able to watch him many times. His team already finished the series here in Zulia so I need to wait until his team appears in national TV

Cubs hire Rob Deer as assistant hitting coach?

Greinke is being projected at 150/6.He is 29. Justin will be 31 at the end of his current contract. Seven /170 to extend him?

We should have Miguel and Justin with new contracts before Christmas. Pay those who do it best.

DOK, by a few pitchers I mean if Porcello and Smyly step up. Also we need a closer. With Victor back and the addition of Torii, the Tigers are the team to beat!

I would add Fister to that list. He should go 14-8 if he get 32 starts. That would be stepping up.

Totally off the topic, but just started reading Sparky Anderson’s Bless you Boys book last night – it is a very fast read, but interesting to read his little insights into his players as the year progresses. He states in there Trammell should be a lock for the HOF – hope someone listens, he really was a tremendous player. I also read The Wave started in Detroit that season of ’84 – don’t recall that! Fun reading that and looking at the old pictures and being reminded of some of the non-stars that were so important that season.

NO DICE on the wave starting in 84!
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Canadiens were doing it at the 1976 Olympics, Krazy George led a wave at the October 15, 1981 MLB game in Oakland (he has it on tape apparently); the wave also appeared at Michigan Stadium in the fall of 1983 (GO BLUE!) and that is preceded by what many claim that the first wave originated in Seattle at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium on October 31, 1981. (Michigan played the Huskies at the beginning of the 83 season and brought it back to Michigan Stadium after that)
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I’ve been at Michigan since ’06 and have enjoyed the many variations of the wave that the 115 thousand fans ‘perform’. I think it’s where the wave is done best.

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