Justin Verlander during his days on Team USA
You're the Farm Director!
You are the farm director of the Detroit Tigers. Questions to consider:
*The crown jewel is Justin Verlander, who fanned 11 in his first 7 innings of Double-A work this past week. How aggressive are you willing to be with him? If the team needs a pitcher in August, will you endorse promoting him?
*How quickly will you be willing to promote outfielder Curtis Granderson? He's hitting .286/.354/.467 with 12 steals in 68 games at Triple-A Toledo. . .but he's also struck out 80 times. Contact was not a problem at lower levels. If the major league team needs an outfielder, will you endorse promoting Granderson?
*Do you still consider RHP Kenny Baugh a top prospect? He is 5-4, 3.58 at Toledo in 14 starts, with a 54/27 K/BB in 83 innings.
*Joel Zumaya: 5-3, 3.16 in 15 starts at Double-A Erie, with a 121/44 K/BB in 88 innings. How soon do you move him up to Triple-A?
*Any hope for Nate Cornejo?
*Brent Clevlen seems to have turned things around, with a .288/.347/.481 mark at Class A Lakeland. At what point do you consider a promotion to Double-A?