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Fangraphs tabs Carreno as Tigers’ 8th best prospect

November 18, 2010

Two Connecticut Tigers cracked the top ten in’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.


CT Tigers in Florida Instructional League

September 8, 2010

Julio Rodriguez is heading to Lakeland

Fifteen players who suited up with the Connecticut Tigers this season will head to Lakeland, Fla. for Florida Instructional League according to the FIL roster printed by the Detroit Free Press.

Florida Instructional League, which begins September 14, allows minor league ballplayers to develop their skills under the watchful eyes of the Tigers’ player development staff.

Among the former Connecticut Tigers scheduled to participate are catcher Julio Rodriguez, infielders James Robbins, Alexander Nunez and Dixon Machado, outfielders P.J. Polk and Jeff Rowland and pitchers Josue Carreno, Patrick Cooper, Antonio Cruz, Jeff Ferrell, Ramon Lebron, Matt Little, Wilsen Palacios, Shawn Teufel and Michael Torrealba.

Three new players join Connecticut Tigers

August 30, 2010

Shortstop Dixon Machado and right-handed pitchers Wilsen Palacios and Jeff Ferrell were re-assigned from the Gulf Coast League Tigers to the Connecticut Tigers Monday.

All three players were called up after the GCL Tigers failed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing their season with a 30-28 record.

Machado, 18, appeared in 43 games for the GCL Tigers, hitting .261 and slugging .321 in 165 at bats.  The scouting report on his profile says he has above-average speed and defensive abilities.

Palacios, 20, had a 2.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 11 walks in 61.1 innings pitched. says he throws a plus fastball and an above-average slider.

Ferrell, 19, had a 3.14 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 12 walks in 57.1 innings pitched.