Road to Detroit

A look at the Detroit Tigers Minor League players on their Road to Detroit.

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They are the 2 biggest names in the Tigers' farm system, and for the first time ever they’re interviewed together on the RTD podcast. Hear how Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene each views the other, and the one part of the game they’d like to borrow from their highly-touted teammate. Plus, who’s the player on the current Tigers Major League roster they most like to watch? Later on, host Dan Hasty provides the details on an 18-year-old shortstop in the Florida Coast League East who is opening plenty eyes during the Minor League season’s home stretch.
49 min
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Following a recap of the power-packed weekend put together by the likes of Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene, host Dan Hasty turns things over to a couple Single A West Michigan prospects who have been turning heads all summer. Colt Keith and Austin Murr take on the task of interviewing each other in a special “Players’ Pod” format, and the result is a revealing look at the fun and the struggles that come with playing Minor League Baseball.
67 min
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We discuss comments made by manager A.J. Hinch, and host Dan Hasty imagines its impact on future seasons. This week, we meet infielder/outfielder Austin Murr, who became the first 2021 Tigers Draft pick to advance to the High-A level. A Rawlings Gold Glove winner at the college level with NC State, Murr has begun his pro career, hitting over .300 with an on-base percentage over .450. We also honor the kids from Taylor North, who captured Michigan’s first Little League World Series title since 1959
42 min
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We’ve seen how MLB Pipeline and Baseball America feel about the Tigers top prospects, but what does Tigers management think about players like Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene and Reese Olson?
56 min
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Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene headlined several players promoted throughout the Tigers farm system this week, and host Dan Hasty walks you through the impact of the upcoming changes.
62 min
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Baseball America’s Emily Waldon joins host Dan Hasty for an engaging Q & A with Tigers fans submitting questions, covering every level of the Tigers farm system and the many prospects who may one day wear the Old English D. But first, meet Izaac Pacheco, the Tigers 2021 2nd round pick who has already flashed his power potential while getting his professional feet wet in Lakeland.
60 min
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When the Tigers dealt Daniel Norris at the Trade Deadline, they received a pitcher who now ranks among their top 15 prospects. Right hander Reese Olson joins host Dan Hasty on this week’s episode of the RTD, and explains his rise up the prospect rankings.
54 min
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Tigers first round draft pick, pitcher Jackson Jobe, considered himself a shortstop with a good arm just a couple years ago. Now, the high school pitcher of the year and the number 3 overall pick in the MLB draft is a key part of the Tigers future.
52 min
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Tigers No. 15 prospect Colt Keith appears to be ahead of the learning curve in Lakeland, whether it’s his nearly .300 batting average as a 19-year-old, or his ease when discussing the many places he lived before even graduating from high school. Earlier in the show, Tigers director of amateur scouting Scott Pleis lays out the case for drafting high school pitcher Jackson Jobe third overall, describing the right-hander as a rare find with no obvious holes in his pitch mix.
51 min
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Perhaps a memorable commercial featuring John Madden inspired the Tigers to take Big 12 pitcher of the year Ty Madden in the late first round of the 2021 MLB Draft, or maybe it was just his plus-slider. Whatever the reason, the Tigers are fortunate to get the highly regarded right-hander with their 2nd pick of the draft, and Dan Hasty is fortunate to get one-on-one exclusive interviews with Madden, as well as up-and-coming shortstop Gage Workman, who was recently promoted from Lakeland to West Michigan. It’s a jam-packed episode of the Road to Detroit, including a rundown of the week’s highlights.
38 min
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A complete update of the Tigers highly-rated farm system includes more discussion of Riley Greene, as well as a pitcher who is spinning his way to a bright future. And host Dan Hasty brings in catching prospect Dillon Dingler for the first time, while attempting to get to the bottom of a 3-way bro triangle controversy that has caught the attention of fans online. Plus, Perfect Game’s Brian Sakowski offers his analysis of the upcoming amateur draft, which appears to be heavy on high school talent.
54 min
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Dan Hasty welcomes the top-rated prospect in the Tigers farm system, Spencer Torkelson, to the show. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 Draft talks about the fun, if brief, time he had in West Michigan; how Babe Ruth may have been challenged just as much as hitters are today; and his respect for Tigers Hall of Famer Alan Trammell. Plus, he even offers some thoughts on potential Tigers picks in the upcoming MLB Draft. And Tigers radio play-by-play voice Dan Dickerson joins in the second half, with his thoughts on the young players who are making a significant impact in Detroit, including Akil Baddoo and Jake Rogers.
58 min
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Dan Hasty welcomes both Tigers prospect Kody Clemens, and his dad, 7-time Cy Young Award Winner, Roger, to the show. It’s a fun, insightful conversation as we bounce from childhood coverups (Kody’s brothers may have gotten away with some things) to Roger’s thoughts on the current controversy surrounding sticky substances in baseball. Plus, find out what Kody thinks about choosing his own path as a hitter in a game his dad dominated as a pitcher.
61 min
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Host Dan Hasty has plenty to update this week in the Tigers farm system, including a sooner-than-expected promotion for Spencer Torkelson and Dillon Dingler to the Double A Erie SeaWolves. But one teammate they left in West Michigan may not be far behind. Fellow 2020 draftee and current West Michigan Whitecap Daniel Cabrera checks in, and explains how he wants more than to be just an “average Joe” as he pursues his major league dreams. Later on, ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel offers his insights on the current state of the Tigers system, as well as who he thinks is at the head of the team’s draft day wish list.
59 min
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After a one-year hiatus, host Dan Hasty returns with a podcast that covers the Detroit Tigers farm system like no other. This week, premier prospect Riley Greene joins the show to discuss the bonds he’s already formed with fellow future-Tigers throughout the organization, as a well as a recent dream that had him fighting an alligator. Plus, we check in with V.P. of Player Development David Littlefield, who likes what he sees as MLB’s #2 ranked farm system is back in full operation in 2021.
59 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 16: The Roadies
In the final episode of the season, it’s time to hand out the first ever “Roadies” Awards, honoring the players in the Tigers' farm system in a way they’ve never been honored before.
70 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 15: High Flying
It’s time to check in with the red hot Lakeland Flying Tigers, starting with right-handed starter Paul Richan, who was acquired in the deal that sent Nicholas Castellanos to the Chicago Cubs. Then we hear from Lakeland manager Andrew Graham, who has guided his squad into a battle for a postseason berth in the High Single-A Florida State League. Plus updates from around the Tigers' farm system, including Riley Greene, Nick Quintana and Bryant Packard.
49 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 14: Summer Breeze
Host Dan Hasty catches up with a pair of 2019 draftees who are blowin’ through the Tigers' farm system. First rounder Riley Greene and fifth rounder Bryant Packard are the guests, and each discusses his early success, as well as the challenges along the way to West Michigan. Plus, a chance to win free tickets to Red Wings Night at Comerica Park on August 30.
44 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 13: Top Level Report
Host Dan Hasty checks in with the top 2 levels of the Tigers farm system. First, Toledo hitting coach Mike Hessman provides an insider’s guide to the Mud Hens hitters who are knocking on the Major League door. Then, Erie broadcaster Greg Gania gives a full update on a Seawolves team that features a who’s who of Tiger prospects, including a breakdown of Casey Mize’s Saturday night start.
46 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 12: Run, Forrest
Former Tigers All-Star Brandon Inge tells the story of his “Forrest Gump”-like rise through the minor leagues and eventual 13-year big league career. Then host Dan Hasty gets to know pitcher Joey Wentz, who joins the dominating Erie Seawolves rotation as the top prospect acquired in the Tigers deadline deals.
41 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 11: Taking You to Skubal
Host Dan Hasty welcomes pitcher Tarik Skubal, one of 2019’s breakout performers in the Tigers' Minor League system. Plus, Detroit Free Press writer Anthony Fenech joins the show to discuss the trades that sent Shane Greene and Nicholas Castellanos to new MLB homes and brought more depth to the Tigers' farm system.
48 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 10: Name and rank, please
First, Dan talks to Andre Lipcius, a 2019 3rd-round pick who knows all about power – as he set the single-season University of Tennessee record for home runs while also majoring in nuclear engineering. Then, Emily Waldon from The Athletic joins Dan in the studio to discuss her latest Tigers Top 30 prospect rankings, including an update on her No. 1, Casey Mize, as he returns from a brief stay on the Injured List.
49 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 9: Manning on Fire
The Tigers No. 2 overall prospect, Matt Manning, has one of the best right arms in the minor leagues, but his most impressive talent may just be his savant-like knowledge of ‘The Office’. Manning answers every question – including TV trivia – thrown his way, before Dan Hasty takes his turn in the hot seat with a round of queries from the mailbag. Plus, updates on Riley Greene, Kody Clemens and Derek Hill.
37 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 8: International Bat of...
Learn more about Cuban outfielder Roberto Campos, the 16-year-old prospect recently signed by the Tigers, as Dan Hasty talks to director of international operations Tom Moore. Plus, a first-hand account from 2019 2nd rounder Nick Quintana on his Draft day experience, as well as a one-on-one conversation with 2018 3rd round pick Kody Clemens.
40 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 7: Get Your Motor Running
Connecticut Tiger outfielder Bryant Packard’s machine-like consistency at the plate has RTD podcast host Dan Hasty searching for a proper nickname for this year’s 5th round pick. Plus, interviews with 2nd round pick Nick Quintana, who’s off to a solid start in West Michigan; and Connecticut Tigers manager Brayan Pena, who likes what he sees in Packard’s work ethic.
54 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 6: Bringing The Funk
Catching up with the Tigers AAA Affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. Featuring interviews with pitcher Kyle Funkhouser, who’s knocking on the door of the big leagues; longtime voice of the Mud Hens, Jim Weber; and MLB.com Tigers beat writer, Jason Beck. Plus, a little bit of way-too-early-but-still-fun hype on 1st round pick Riley Greene’s pro debut.
50 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 5: SeaWolves, HearWolves
Checking in on the Erie SeaWolves, who feature one of the most talented pitching staffs in all of minor league baseball. Interviews with 2017 first round pick Alex Faedo, manager Mike Rabelo, and broadcaster Greg Gania. Plus updates on Casey Mize’s sore shoulder, and where some of the Tigers’ 2019 top picks are heading to start their pro careers.
50 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 3: Draft Breakdown
Host Dan Hasty interviews Tigers top Draft pick Riley Greene, regarded as the best pure hitter in high school baseball, then talks to director of amateur scouting Scott Pleis to hear why the club is optimistic about their 2019 Draft class. Plus, updates from throughout the Tigers farm system, including a prospect with back-to-back 2-home run games.
57 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 2: Who to pick?
Host Dan Hasty teams up with MLB's Jim Callis to breakdown the possibilities for the Tigers first round pick (5th overall) in the MLB Draft on Monday. Plus, Dan interviews one of the Tigers hottest prospects, Toledo Mud Hens catcher Jake Rogers, and takes you around the farm system for the weekly round up.
44 min
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Road To Detroit Episode 1: Mize on the Rise
Updates from around the Tigers minor league system, as well as an interview with the top-ranked pitching prospect in all of minor league baseball, right-hander Casey Mize. Plus, Tigers V.P. of Player Development David Littlefield provides insight on what goes into making tough decisions, from drafting players to developing them.
54 min