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ENEMY LINES
Daniel G. Habib
April 05, 2004
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Tigers
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April 05, 2004

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Tigers

"They've played horrific defense this spring. They'll have to improve that because they don't have a strikeout staff to make up for the mistakes....

With his gap power Pudge Rodriguez will get a lot of extra-base hits in that ballpark. I'm not sure he can be a 100-RBI guy on this team, though....

Many people in the organization are disappointed that Carlos Pena has not improved more quickly. He's still a project....

If it were 1997, I'd be excited about the addition of Fernando Vi�a. But it's 2004, and he's on the downside....

Alex Sanchez is not good defensively in centerfield. He too often finds himself having to outrun his mistakes....

Jeremy Bonderman has the best stuff on the staff, but he's still a pup. He really should be learning his craft in the minors but may be a top-of-the-rotation guy in time....

In the short term Ugueth Urbina will help groom Fernando Rodney for the closer's role, but in the long term he'll be pitching for someone else. And he'll be valuable because even though he doesn't throw 95 mph anymore, he has a real good changeup."

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