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Tigers EST Roster

April 6, 2011

Here is an unofficial list I’ve compiled of Tigers opening the season in extended spring training:

C: Byron Aird, Patrick Leyland, Gabriel Purroy, Adolfo Reina

1B: Juaner Aguasvivas

2B: Carlos De Los Santos, Alexander Nunez

3B: Josh Ashenbrenner, Edgar Corcino, Matt Perry

SS: Brett Anderson, Javier Azcona, Ryan Soares, Eugenio Suarez

OF: Gilbert Gomez, Bo McClendon, Alexander Moreno, Steven Moya, Samir Rijo, Les Smith, Danry Vasquez

P: Carlos Alvarado, Jeff Barfield, Endrys Briceno, Alex Burgos, Bill Castillo, Fernando Celis, Tyler Clark, Edgar De La Rosa, Emmanuel Del Orbe, Jack Duffey, Darlyn Duran, Drew Gagnier, Rayni Guichardo, Kevan Hess, Logan Hoch, Patrick Lawson, Hua-Wei Lo, Melvin Mercedes, Tim Mowry, Nate Newman, Wilsen Palacios, Benny Paulino, Pedro Perez, Zach Samuels, Luis Angel Sanz, Brennan Smith, Jade Todd, Jay Voss, Tyler White, Richard Zumaya

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CT Tigers Front Office Blog

March 31, 2011

The Connecticut Tigers front office has launched a blog for the 2011 season.  The latest entry includes photos of new signage on Dodd Stadium’s outer face.  Here is a link to the blog.  I have also added a link under the heading “CT Tigers links” on the right side of this site’s home page.

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.

Andrew Graham will manage CT Tigers in 2011

October 28, 2010

TigsTown.com is reporting that former minor league catcher Andrew Graham will replace Howard Bushong as the Connecticut Tigers manager in 2011.

Howard Bushong will not return in 2011

This will be the 28-year-old Graham’s first professional managerial assignment.  He spent last season as the Tigers’ minor league catching coordinator, while also serving as the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Tigers.

Graham spent five seasons in the minor leagues as a player, all with the Tigers organization.  He reached Triple A in 2007, appearing in 36 games with the Toledo Mud Hens.

The Sydney, Australia native played for Australia in both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Graham’s coaching staff includes Jorge Cordova and Scott Dwyer, who will return as Connecticut’s pitching and hitting coaches respectively.  Athletic trainer T.J. Saunders will move up to the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2011.  His replacement has not been announced.

2011 Schedule Released

October 27, 2010

The New York-Penn League released its schedule for the 2011 season Wednesday.

The Connecticut Tigers will open their season on the road with a three-game series against the Lowell Spinners June 17-19.  The Tigers’ home opener is scheduled for June 20 against the defending champion Tri-City Valleycats.

Stedler Division rivals Tri-City, Lowell and Vermont will all make multiple trips to Dodd Stadium in 2011.  Other teams who will play the Tigers at Dodd include the Brooklyn Cyclones, Williamsport Crosscutters, Batavia Muckdogs, Jamestown Jammers, Staten Island Yankees, Aberdeen IronBirds and Hudson Valley Renegades.

The Auburn Doubledays, Mahoning Valley Scrappers and State College Spikes will not play the Tigers at Dodd Stadium during the 2011 regular season.

The 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star game is scheduled for August 16 at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Here is a link to the full 2011 New York-Penn League schedule.

Josue Carreno named 19th best prospect in NYPL

September 28, 2010

Josue Carreno

Baseball America named Connecticut Tigers right-handed pitcher Josue Carreno the 19th best prospect in the New York-Penn League for the 2010 season.

Carreno is the only Connecticut Tiger to make Baseball America’s list of the league’s top 20 prospects.

Auburn Doubledays catcher Carlos Perez tops the list as the NYPL’s best prospect.  Third baseman Mike Kvasnicka is the only member of the championship-winning Tri-City Valleycats to make the list.  He is ranked 14th.

The full list is available here.