Archive for November 2010

Fangraphs tabs Carreno as Tigers’ 8th best prospect

November 18, 2010

Two Connecticut Tigers cracked the top ten in Fangraphs.com’s recently unveiled Detroit Tigers prospect list.

Right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno ranked eighth and shortstop Dixon Machado checked in at number ten.  Here are Fangraphs minor league writer Marc Hulet’s comments on the two Connecticut Tigers:

Carreno played in Venezuela for a couple of seasons before moving stateside. The right-hander was one of the more promising starters in the short-season New York Penn League. He features a low-90s fastball, good curveball and developing changeup. Carreno needs to improve his fastball command, and overall control, as he walked 33 batters in 64 innings. He showed the ability to induce a healthy number of ground-ball outs in Venezuela and that trend continued in Connecticut. Just 19, Carreno doesn’t have a huge ceiling, but he could develop into a solid No. 3 starter in the Majors. He’ll work on consistency and developing his pitches in Low-A ball in 2011.

Just 18, Machado showed a lot of potential in 2010 at the rookie ball level. Most of that promise comes in the field where he shows Gold Glove magic both with his range and his arm. He also has outstanding hand-eye coordination and is an athlete that makes all the plays. At the plate, Machado needs to get stronger – he is just 140 pounds – which explains his .060 ISO rate. He has some speed and swiped 12 bases in 43 games, but he needs to get on base more and improve upon his .309 OBP. His walk rate of 7.1 BB% shows potential and has a better eye than a lot of teenagers. He could use another year of seasoning in extended spring training but the lack of depth in the system could push Machado up to Low-A in 2011. He doesn’t have a huge ceiling but he could develop into a Cesar Izturis type of player.

Londell Taylor will play football for Oklahoma

November 3, 2010

Londell Taylor

According to TulsaWorld.com, former Connecticut Tiger Londell Taylor has verbally committed to play football for the University of Oklahoma.

Taylor signed a letter of intent to play football at Oklahoma as a senior in high school in 2007, but he opted to pursue a baseball career instead after the Tigers selected him in the 13th round of the 2007 draft.

Taylor was released by the Tigers this fall.  He batted .159 and slugged .264 in four seasons of minor league baseball.