Sunday, December 29, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, December 29, 2019 -- "Niko Goodrum and the Tigers"

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"The Tigers have two of the top pitching prospects in the game, righties Casey Mize and Matt Manning, and both are on track to reach Comerica Park this year. Both were successful at Double-A last year, although the Tigers were cautious with Mize, shutting him down early to manage his workload. Behind those two, maybe by half a season, is lefty Tarik Skubal. Building around young pitchers can be fraught; the 2015 Mets are the only pennant winner this decade to really do so. The upside, though, of having a rotation of controllable, effective pitchers, is enticing. The 2021-23 Tigers shape up as one of the more interesting, high-variance teams in baseball."