Detroit Free Press’ Jeff Siedel talked about how the Detroit Tigers prospects still at spring training are handling their days off. It’s a pretty interesting article to read. This particular passage stuck out to me:
So I decided to travel to the future. It’s about a 200-yard walk outside of Joker Marchant Stadium. Past a parking lot. Down a walkway. Out to a back field at Tiger Town.
That’s where I found another game Tuesday afternoon, which was being played in front of no fans. The Tigers’ top prospects were playing the top prospects from the Atlanta Braves at exactly the same time the Tigers were playing the Yankees and losing 7-2.
Out on that back field, there were high draft picks everywhere you turned.
While the Tigers were playing a spring training game, the prospects who had a day off found time to play against prospects from the Braves. The Tigers are working towards a championship caliber team. They’re doing little different things to improve prospect talent. This game is just another indicator of how the team is approaching player development differently than before.
Earlier this week the Tigers had prospect Daniel Norris pitch in relief. The experiment had some speculating that the Tigers were transitioning Norris to a bullpen role. However, Chris McCosky, of the Detroit News, writes that Tigers Pitching Coach Chris Bosio using the philosophy that was given to him. When Bosio was with the Brewers in the mid-eighties he’s only big league appearances were as a closer.
Bosio would eventually start over 200 games in his MLB career. While an unorthodox approach to developing a starter. Bosio developed Mike Fiers into a starting pitcher with the Brewers. Bosio was also the pitching coach for the Cubs when they won the fall classic. For now, the fans should trust Bosio as Norris is doing.
“I have to trust his plan and that’s the hard thing because I don’t really know him all that well,” Norris said Wednesday. “But I have a decision: I can trust him, or I can worry about it. I choose to trust him.”