TigsTown MLN: Final Player Updates

The minor league season may be over, however, the Tigers still have some news coming out on the minor league front that fans are likely interested in knowing. Find out inside what the Arizona Fall League team will look like, and why on Earth was a certain Toledo starter left off the Tigers call-up list?

Starting first, with the Arizona Fall League. The Tigers had originally selected the six players they wanted to send to the Arizona Fall League (playing for the Mesa Solar Sox), but now it appears as if only five of those named will be going.

The roster, for those that haven't checked lately, includes starters Preston Larrison and Humberto Sanchez, reliever Adam Peterson, infielders Tony Giarratano and Don Kelly, and outfielder Curtis Granderson. However, after re-evaluating, it turns out Granderson will not be heading to Arizona when the Tigers finish up on October 2nd.

Instead, Granderson will take the fall off before playing for Licey in the Dominican Winter League. After playing in the AFL last year, and playing a full six month season, it appears as if Granderson wants some time off before preparing for 2006, when he's likely going to be relied upon to take on a major role with the team.

Who will replace Granderson? Good question, one without a set answer as of yet. It's very possible that the roster would like to have Granderson replaced with another outfielder, but there may or may not be someone that emerges as being at that level. David Espinosa would be an option, but it's hard to say whether or not the Tigers have enough faith in Espinosa's future to give him that role. For now, it remains up in the air.

Moving on to a far more controversial topic, that being Kenny Baugh. Baugh, who was Toledo's best starter over the course of the entire season, was surprisingly left off the Tigers' call up list when Toledo finished up its season late last week, winning the International League.

Well, now it appears as if there was a reason why. The Tigers have taken on an extremely cautious outlook with their arms as of late, so when Baugh felt his shoulder tighten up in his final start with Toledo, there was some concern. It appears as if Baugh will be fine, but the Tigers elected to shut him down rather than risk any further injury by giving him a courtesy start in Detroit.

Finally, one final note when it comes to the Instructional League. Some fans may have noticed that Louis Ott, an infielder for the GCL Tigers this past summer, was listed as a catcher. It was not a typo however. The Tigers are going to give Ott some extensive work behind the plate this fall, while still giving him some work in the infield, before deciding where they think he'll fit in best.

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