Futures Game fallout: Thompson promoted, Moya bats right-handed

It took barely 24 hours for Steven Moya and Jake Thompson to go from Futures Game opponents to Tigers minor-leauge teammates. No sooner had Thompson returned from Minnesota than the Tigers promoted him from Class A Lakeland to Double-A Erie, where Moya has been playing all season.

It’s a relatively big step for the 20-year-old Thompson after 39 professional starts. He made 16 starts for Lakeland, posting a 6-4 record with a 3.14 ERA and 75 hits allowed over 83 innings. He walked 25, struck out 79 and gave up just three home runs, two of them allowed in his final start before the break last week.

The late-season stint in the more hitter-friendly Eastern League, which has smaller ballparks than in Florida, should be a good test for the sinkerballing Thompson, who has allowed just eight home runs over 194 2/3 professional innings.

“I got off to a hot start at the beginning of the year and kind of just worked off of that,” Thompson said about his season Sunday. “That’s really it. I’m actually really proud of how far I’ve come since last year, just kind of tweaking my game plan and going out there and executing it.”

Also joining the Erie rotation is left-hander Josh Turley, who went 7-1 with a 1.85 ERA in Lakeland while allowing just 70 hits over 97 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old was a 16th-round draft pick out of Baylor two years ago.

Thompson’s promotion came out moments after outfielder Steven Moya turned around and batted right-handed for the SeaWolves in a pinch-hitting appearance. For a slugger who bats left-handed, it was a surprise. Whether it’s a sign of things to come remains to be seen.

Moya was a switch-hitter as a teenager before he signed with the Tigers. According to Tom Reisenweber of the Erie Times-News, Moya had been taking right-handed swings in batting practice for the past month or so. At some point, the SeaWolves were going to give him an opportunity to try it in a blowout. They lost 11-4 last night.

The batting splits from Moya don’t suggest it’s a pressing issue. He’s batting .260 (33-for-127) with an .829 OPS against left-handers, and .267 (59-for-221) with an .835 OPS off righties.


I’m re-posting this link provided by elTigre earlier, and putting the quotes into the body of this comment. I think fans need to know this.
Cabrera on his and Verlander’s surgeries:
“There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,” Cabrera said in Spanish. “It’s part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don’t see it as frequently.

“But as he and I talked about, we’re never going to offer any excuses for our performance. We always want to be out on the field and compete, and I think that’s the most important thing we can do, compete and try to get past this tough time. And the main thing is we’re in first place.”

Joe Nathan: he ain’t going anywhere.
Rafael Soriano: I’ve watched him pitch two seasons in Washington and believe me, Detroit fans wouldn’t have liked him either.
The ASG: Having an exhibition game decide homefield for the WS is the dumbest thing Bud Selig has ever done.

Didn’t comment on the HR Derby because I think it’s still going on, isn’t it?

Good those two needed to progress to Erie. They do have a few candidates at West Michigan to be moved up to Lakeland.

San Diego is being asked by several teams about Street/Benoit. I’m not sure the Tigers have what SD would want but I’d hate to see Thompson/Moya go in a trade. Somewhere along the line the Tigers need to think about the future without having to buy expensive free agents. Will Mr Illitch’s successors be willing to spend money the way Mike has? Of course, can anyone tell me the name of a former Tiger minor leaguer who has really done well after a trade? Maybin? Garcia? Joyce?

John Smoltz. 🙂

Andrew Miller has done pretty well, Garcia will be a good OF in my opinion.

Tigers won’t give up both for a reliever.

Maybin had one good season for the Padres.
Badenhop is doing well with Boston, reunion time?
Furbushh also had two good seasons with Seattle
Fien has not been that bad

The reformatted HR Derby looks like a downgrade (if that in itself is possible).
Stanton and Bautista had to wait around 2 hours as their reward for making it through the bye. Bautista was completely cooled off
None of this matters much but I think the constant changes to the present debacle are not going to make anything any better..
Will I watch the ASG? Yes, but as a curious observer of how things are handled re Derek Jeter (the Michigander that got away).

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