Detroit doesn’t waste time in making their club better in their retooling for next year’s run. This afternoon, it was announced that the Yankees dealt disgruntled slugger Gary Sheffield to the Tigers for three pitching prospects. Here is some info on the prospects.

Humberto Sanchez – SP
Picked in the 31st round in the 2001 draft, Sanchez spent his season in 2006 splitting time between AA and AAA. In AA, he went 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA in 11 starts. He was promoted to AAA where he made 9 starts. His AAA numbers were 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA. In his minor league career, he averages 8.84 K/9. He doesn’t give up the long ball very often, but does walk a few. He has improved his control significantly since being drafted though. He throws a mid 90’s fastball, an average curveball, and a below average changeup. He needs to work on that third pitch to be considered a prospect with a chance to succeed in the majors.

Kevin Whelan – MR
Whelan is a product of the Tiger’s 2005 draft. He was selected in the 4th round out of Texas A & M. He played catcher while in college but was converted to a middle reliever. He also throws a mid 90’s fastball, a slider, and the ever interesting pitch, the forkball. He had a great year in AA for the Tigers pitching 54 innings with a record of 4-1. He saved 27 games and had an ERA of 2.67. Look for him to move to AAA this coming season.

Anthony Claggett – MR
Claggett was also a product of the 2005 draft. He was selected in the 11 round. He pitched in high A ball this season and put up sick numbers. In 59.1 innings of work, he posted a 7-1 record with a 0.91 ERA. He also saved 14 games and averaged about 9 k/9.

On the surface, it may look like this was too much for the Tigers to give up for an aging Sheffield. I disagree. The Tigers owe it to their fans to make a good run at this next year. They have a young nucleus in place already so why not try to make the big run?

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