TigsTown Roundtable: Prospect to Watch

Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff on some of the hot button topics of the offseason? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Which prospect are you most excited to see back on the field in '08?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
While there are a number of players I can't wait to see on the field in '08, I think the obvious answer is first round draft pick Rick Porcello. Porcello is now far and away the Tigers' top prospect, and in addition to that, no one has ever seen him pitch competitively in a professional game yet. So, I'd be lying if I said it were anyone but Porcello. But, besides the obvious, there are a handful of players I'm anxious to see back on the field, including outfielder Brent Clevlen (if he can get back on track) as well as Charlie Furbush (if he can pick up where he left off with his great start to the '07 season).

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
Leave it to Paul to pick a roundtable question that is virtually impossible for me to actually give an answer to. My real answer is that I'm anxious to see them all take the field. In trying to narrow this down, I look to those players that have something significant to prove this season. One of those players is shortstop Brent Dlugach. Despite my criticisms in recent seasons, the raw talent and tools are undeniable. Shoulder surgery at the start of last season was a major set back, and he must now come back with a vengeance in order to stave off being lapped by Danny Worth and Cale Iorg. Dlugach is a guy with tools, smarts, and a strong work ethic; and this season will be a true test of those abilities. I look forward to watching him closely in 2008.

Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I'm excited to see what Rick Porcello can do. For months, everyone has heard the hype surrounding him, and now it's time to see what he can do. The Tigers got a tantalizing glimpse of him during instructional league, where he showcased his above-average stuff in limited action. Porcello has often been compared to Josh Beckett, who made only 13 appearances and worked just 59 innings in his first full season. However, Beckett reached the majors just two years after signing by blowing away the minors (14-1, 1.54 ERA, 34 BB/203 K in 140 IP). Can Porcello follow a similar path? The Tigers certainly hope so.

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