averages favors a few of them coming through when they get to the majors
All four Detroit professional sports teams are in the midst of rebuilding, though perhaps at different stages. Which franchise s rebuild are you most fascinated by?
The Detroit Lions made the playoffs two seasons ago and finished 9 7 last season. That was deemed “not good enough,” so they fired Jim Caldwell and hired Matt Patricia. I’d hardly say that they look at themselves at rebuilding.
The Detroit Pistons missed the playoffs, but have three players making at least 16 million and don’t have a first round draft pick unless the lottery balls somehow put them into the top three. They are looking for a president of basketball operations and a head coach to replace Stan Van Gundy and I’m guessing that no one is getting a second interview with Tom Gores if they bring up the word rebuild.
The Detroit Red Wings are rebuilding. After years of avoiding that word like a virus, general manager Ken Holland finally used it at the end of the regular season.
The Detroit Tigers are, too. GM Al Avila made that clear at the deadline last summer and reiterated it with his free agent class of Mike Fiers, Leonys Martin and Francisco Liriano.
Both the Wings and Tigers have players working their way through the minors that excite the fans. The Red Wings prospects – like Evgeny Svechnikov, Filip Hronek and Michael Rasmussen – are a lot closer to making an impact on the big club than the Tigers top prospects – like Matt Manning, Beau Burrows and Alex Faedo.
This is not a prediction as to which team is going to win next because none of us have any idea. This is more of an observation as to which process is more intriguing and which one provides the greater hope to a somber fan base.
To win big in hockey, it seems more and more like you have to have at least one elite player. Guys like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Patrik Laine, P.K. Subban and Nikita Kucherov have enjoyed deep playoff runs this season. The Red Wings entered the draft lottery with faint hopes of acquiring the top pick and taking Rasmus Dahlin. Instead, they dropped a spot and will instead pick sixth overall Buffalo will get Dahlin .
Dahlin is an automatic star, a defenseman that the Sabres can build around along with Jack Eichel for years to come. The Red Wings are excited about Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and some of the players coming up through the system. But along with depth, they need a star and unless they draft in the top three or strike it rich in free agency, it’s hard to see where that’s coming from.
To win in baseball, you need pitching. The Tigers were contenders for more than a decade thanks in large part to a philosophy that brought them Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello Mike Pelfrey Jersey, the good version of Anibal Sanchez and more. Avila hasn’t strayed very far from the Dave Dombrowski ways in his two drafts and multiple trades and as a result, the Tigers have a pitching deep organization once again. It’s easy to imagine a pitching staff in a few years led by Faedo and Manning, among others
The problem is that pitching is one of the least predictable commodities in sports. Twenty or so years ago, the Tigers thought they were stocked with pitchers in the minors like Justin Thompson, Mike Drumwright http://www.tigersfanaticsjersey.com/james-mccann-jersey-c-14.html , Nate Cornejo and Willis Roberts. Thompson made it to one All Star Game and was a key part of the trade that brought Juan Gonzalez to the Tigers. The rest? Well, you’re welcome to look them up on Baseball Reference.com but you’ll probably have to click on the minor league tab to get the whole picture.
Injuries happen. Arms wear out. Pitches that dazzle in Single A don’t dance quite as much in the big leagues. For every Verlander http://www.tigersfanaticsjersey.com/mike-aviles-jersey-c-16.html , there’s a Seth Griesinger. The key is to churn out as many prospects as possible so that the law of averages favors a few of them coming through when they get to the majors.
One season of a rebuild is not nearly enough. The Tigers and Red Wings both will have to rely on more fruitful drafts to come. And both might have to make a bold move of a younger player Michael Fulmer? to further bolster the young talent pool. Holland has a track record of building a winner. Avila doesn’t. Not yet.
But early http://www.tigersfanaticsjersey.com/jarrod-saltalamacchia-jersey-c-15.html , early on in the process with the young pitchers throwing as well as they are, the Tigers plans just seems to make more sense. And the odds of success just seem a little bit higher.