December 6, 2012
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In the 1st round (15th overall) in the Rule 5 Draft, the Phillies selected outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Inciarte was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Diamondbacks in 2008.
The former Diamondbacks prospect hit .293 for the South Bend Silver Hawks (Class A). Inciarte hit one home run and 30 RBIs to go along with 18 stolen bases in 65 games. In 62 games with the Visalia Rawhide (Class A), the Venezuela native hit an even better .319 with one home run and 17 RBIs. He also swiped 28 bases and had a .797 OPS.
Meanwhile in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, the Phillies selected left-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization.
Lafferty was originally selected in the 18th round by the Royals in the 2009 Draft.
Lafferty spent the 2012 season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Class AA) of the Texas League. In 43 games, the lefty went 1-1 with a 4.77 ERA and struck out 71 batters while walking 40.
March 29, 2012
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Expectations: Prince Fielder hopes to live up to his father’s legacy in the Motor City, and the Tigers hope to snap a near 30-year title drought.
Key Addition: 1B/DH Prince Fielder (signed from Milwaukee)
Key Loss: DH Magglie Ordonez (free agent)
Projected Record: 97-65
Summary: Expecations are very high in Detroit as the Tigers are coming off a 95 win season and have signed one of the biggest free agents in Prince Fielder. Fielder allows Miguel Cabrera to move back to third base which is his natural position. The combination of Cabrera and Fielder in the lineup should allow the Tigers to score a tone of runs and take control of the AL Central.
The Tigers also have a very strong pitching staff. Justin Verlander is the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP and was a dominating 24-5 in 2011. Combine that with Max Scherzer and Doug Fister, who can win 15 games this year, and this is one of the stronger rotations in the American League.
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