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About Tyler Germain - RotoBaller

I'm a lifelong Tigers fan living in West Michigan, and a staunch supporter of bat-flips.

Tyler Germain - RotoBaller has written 675 articles so far, you can find them below.

Rule-5 pick Victor Reyes has had a mediocre spring training, but that doesn't mean he won't make the opening day roster for the Detroit Tigers. Following roster moves that sent Blaine Hardy, Chad Bell, Derek Norris, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, among others, to minor league camp, Reyes was still around. "I'm not going to announce that he's... Read More

The Detroit Tigers sent two catchers to minor league camp Thursday: Derek Norris and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Both catchers signed with Detroit this offseason on minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. It was expected that Norris would at least compete for a spot on the big league roster, but he missed the cut. Norris... Read More

The Detroit Tigers optioned the contracts of two pitchers Thursday: left handers Blaine Hardy and Chad Bell. Hardy is dealing with tightness in his left shoulder and has pitched just one inning this spring, but spent parts of each of the last four seasons with the big league club. He appeared in as many as... Read More

Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Matt Manning is out with what sources are calling a "low-level" oblique strain. He will rest until he is pain-free, then resume his throwing program. Manning posted a 3.18 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in Single-A ball last year after being drafted by Detroit in the first round. The youngster was not... Read More

Detroit Tigers prospect Sandy Baez started in place of the injured Mike Fiers on Tuesday and fired three innings of one-run ball for his club. He allowed four hits but didn't allow a single walk in his short outing. Baez was called upon to fill in for Fiers, who has been suffering from a stiff... Read More

Detroit Tigers top prospect Franklin Perez, acquired in the Justin Verlander trade last season, will miss at least 12 weeks with a right lat strain after suffering the injury in a minor league contest on Sunday. Perez wasn't likely to spend any time at the big league level this year, but he showed serious promise... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Fiers (back) has been less than stellar this spring, to put it mildly. The veteran righty has been touched up for 12 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings of work and has issued eight free passes as well. It's not what the Tigers were hoping for out of Fiers, but there... Read More

Detroit Tigers third baseman turned outfielder Nicholas Castellanos has been slugging the ball all over this spring season. The power-hitting Castellanos has five homers already to go along with a double and a triple in Grapefruit League action. Castellanos is coming off a career year and gains outfield eligibility heading into 2018 with Jeimer Candelario... Read More

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is a bounce-back candidate in 2018 after a miserable 2017 campaign that saw him miss time with a heart condition. Martinez has said that this will likely be his final season in the big leagues, and he appears to be healthy this spring. It appears Martinez is looking to... Read More

In a somewhat surprising move, Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that veteran pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will start on opening day this season. It was widely expected that Michael Fulmer would get the nod, but elbow soreness has limited the former Rookie of the Year a bit this spring. Zimmermann was a disaster in... Read More

Despite Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire's refusal to say whether or not starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is a lock for the Tigers rotation, all signs point to "yes" as the spring moves forward. Zimmermann pitched exceptionally well on Tuesday, firing five scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out four. Zimmermann's health has... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Francisco Liriano entered camp fighting for a spot in the starting rotation. On Sunday, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters that as long as the veteran lefty is healthy, he will have his spot. Liriano has a career 4.15 ERA and 1,642 strikeouts over 14 MLB seasons, but limped to a 5.66... Read More

Detroit Tigers reliever Alex Wilson expressed interest in and ultimately auditioned for a role in the starting rotation heading into the upcoming regular season, but he will instead pitch in relief. He pitched three innings on Friday and actually threw the ball quite well, retiring the first seven batters he faced before allowing a walk... Read More

Veteran free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on Friday, joining an already crowded mix of catchers at Tigers camp. Detroit already has James McCann and John Hicks slated for the big league roster and veterans Brayan Pena and Derek Norris along for the ride as well. Salty spent most... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (elbow) will toe the rubber on Friday after receiving an extended break following his previous start. Fulmer was experiencing some soreness in his elbow that club sources say was "not related" to the ulnar transposition surgery he had in September. Still, manager Ron Gardenhire decided to play it safe and... Read More

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has indicated on more than one occasion that this is likely to be his last season in the big leagues. The veteran slugger has endured two knee surgeries and spent time on the disabled list last season with an irregular heart beat. It's understandable, then, that Martinez's production at... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will make his first appearance for his new team on Tuesday. He was scheduled to get some work in last week, but he tweaked his hamstring and had to miss time. Liriano is being given an opportunity to fight for a spot in a rotation that is full of... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer was scheduled to start on Sunday, but will be pushed back a couple days due to elbow soreness. Fulmer missed the end of last season and underwent ulnar transposition surgery last summer, but the soreness he's experiencing does not appear to be related to his previous injury. Still, its... Read More

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Travis Wood left Thursday's game against the Braves with a left knee sprain, but manager Ron Gardenhire says that things don't "look very good," leading to speculation that it could be more serious than a sprain. The 31-year-old pitcher had a rough go of things last year with the Royals and... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris made his spring debut against a Yankees lineup that was at full strength with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez sitting in the heart of the order. Norris is fighting for a rotation spot this spring, but his chances took a blow Wednesday. Norris struck out Judge, then... Read More

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer made his first appearance Monday after being sidelined with an elbow injury last season. The injury required months of therapy and rehab and Fulmer was not able to throw a baseball at all during that time. He threw 23 pitches over two innings and the only hit he allowed... Read More

Detroit Tigers veteran righty Jordan Zimmermann has had his share of troubles since signing with the Tigers a couple seasons ago. He finished the 2017 season with a 6.08 ERA and an 8-13 record across 160 innings of work, his second consecutive season with an ERA above 4.00. He is far from the pitcher the... Read More

Detroit Tigers veteran designated hitter Victor Martinez will see his first live action Saturday since undergoing heart ablation surgery last September. Martinez hit the shelf on two separate occasions due to heart issues that gave everyone in the Tigers organization a scare. He's looking for a bounce-back season at the dish in what could be... Read More

The Detroit Tigers signed veteran lefty Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million deal on Friday. Liriano spent last season with the Blue Jays and the Astros and is expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. If he doesn't earn a role there, he will provide bullpen depth for the rebuilding Tigers. Liriano... Read More

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Alex Wilson is on record saying he wants to stretch out and make a bid for a spot in the starting rotation this season. He will get his first opportunity in the Tigers' spring opener Thursday. The Tigers will take on Florida Southern University, as is tradition in Lakeland. Wilson has... Read More

The 2017 season was a breakout year for slugging outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who turned in career bests in batting average (.312), on-base percentage (.376), and slugging percentage (.548) while also clubbing 37 home runs and driving in 124 RBI, both of which were also career highs. It was the type of season many fantasy owners... Read More

The 2017 season was a disappointing one for veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler, who slumped to a career-low .236 batting average for the Tigers over 139 games. A casualty of the offseason sell-off in Detroit, Kinsler will head west for the 2018 season to join an Angels team that was in dire need of an... Read More

Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario has been nothing short of outstanding since joining the team at the trade deadline. The highly-touted prospect drove in three runs on two hits in Wednesday's contest, and has now reached base sefely in 22 of 24 games with the team. His patience, pop, and .357 average over that... Read More

Ian Kinsler Is Riding A Hot Streak

That Ian Kinsler is so hot right now. The Detroit Tigers second baseman has put together a nice stretch over the last 10 games in which he has clubbed five homers and collected eight RBI. While he has decent power numbers on the year with 22 HR and 25 doubles, he hasn't hit for the... Read More

Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario left Saturday night's game with a right knee contusion and is out of the lineup Sunday. Tigers officials say that Candelario will rejoin the lineup on Tuesday. The hot young prospect has fared quite well at the MLB level this year, hitting .294 with three homers in 109 AB... Read More

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