The Tigers are still HOT in the HOT island of the Dominican Republic. Seeing
that they can’t draft very high because of the recent Free Agent signings of Jose
Valverde in 2009, Victor Martinez in 2010 and Prince Fielder 2011-2012 they have
resorted to signing kids who are two or three years away from professional ball.
The latest to slip into this category and under the radar of other MLB franchises is
IGNATIO VALDEZ (not to be confused with the film “Valdez is Coming”) a 16 year old
who simply murders the baseball into other planets! And hear this…they paid only
$280,000 for this strapping 6’3″ outfielder who could easily be worth , you name it, in
two or three years from now. Dave Dombrowski’s stellar scouting staff is making it possible
as they have cast an umbrella over the Latin speaking islands. Especially over the Do-
minican Republic. At this writing they have eight (Cabrera, Benoit, Valverde, Santiago,
Peralto, Albuqueqia, Valarreal and Marte) and showing signs of increasing that number!
Who knows? They might end up one of these days as the Detroit Dominicans. Remember,
you heard it here first.
Now, who will play second and who will be our number five starter?
Because he’s a switch hitter with a good glove it’s Jose Santiago at second most of the time.
Ryan Rayburn (RH)will alternate as the DH with Don Kelly (LH).
And, last but not least, our swami ball tips toward the kid southpaw , Todd Smyly, to slide
into the fifth hole as a starter and go on to greater feats than ever expected.
A last word for Jim Leyland….SLEEP WELL GOOD FRIEND!
Posted on Friday, 2-17-12 @ 11:31 AM….and happy dreams to you too! bobby hoeft/wbwf