VSL Tigers Come Stateside: A lengthier list of youngsters will be coming stateside from the Venezuelan Summer League this year; including two-time defending TigsTown Player and Pitcher of the Year, Lester Oliveros and Alexis Espinoza. Both players will be looking to prove that their VSL success over the last two seasons was not a fluke. Joining them will be pitchers Victor Larez, Mauricio Robles, and Luis Sanz. All three of the pitchers are coming off excellent seasons in the VSL; all having improved significantly since the 2006 campaign and each will be looking to find success in Florida in 2008. Joining Espinoza on the position side of things will be infielder Luis Palacios and Luis Salas. Salas brings a patient approach and a touch of speed to the field, while Palacios has demonstrated an excellent ability to make contact and hit for average. All seven players are not guaranteed spots on any stateside team, but all will have an opportunity to impress the organization's brass and make either the GCL or Oneonta squads once the short-season leagues begin.
Tigers Sign Shortstop: The Tigers have signed Dominican shortstop Javier Azcona. The 6'1", 160 pound right-hander will work out at the Tigers' Dominican complex, and will likely split time with fellow recent signee Domingo Gonzalez once the Dominican Summer League season begins.
Mark Anderson is TigsTown's Managing Editor and feature Minor League writer. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.