James McCann may have cooled off in the second half at the plate, but he has remained perfect behind it. McCann set a new record for consecutive innings at catcher without an error on Wednesday.
The catcher has passed his dress rehearsal, which was the 2015 season, with flying colors. New Detroit Tigers closer Bruce Rondon is still in his dress rehearsal as the team’s new ninth inning man. Rondon has had his ups and downs this year, but in order for him to have continued success at the major league level, he must depend on his fastball.
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Several of the Detroit Tigers minor leagues made news with a promotion this week, but Magglio Ordonez Jr. made headlines in a different way. The son of former Detroit Tiger Magglio Ordonez has been suspended 50 games due to a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
"Tigers rookie James McCann has made 102 appearances behind the plate for the Detroit Tigers. He’s been flawless in all of them.McCann recently established a modern major league record for the number of consecutive games played behind the plate to start a career without an error.“That’s impressive for anyone, really,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday when told about McCann’s record-breaking errorless streak.McCann’s unblemished record dates back to 2014 when he caught six games for the Tigers after being called up in September, according to Elias Sports Bureau."
"It didn’t need to be this way. But for reasons that don’t entirely add up, Rondon, who is still 24, has shown too little stability for the front office to hand its most potent bullpen pitcher the closer keys in 2016.He might not be far away. He probably isn’t far away. And when he crosses that threshold, as he almost certainly will, Rondon should be as good as they come. He has the pitches, beginning with a biting 100-mph fastball, and extending to a slider and change-up that make his heater particularly deadly.Of course, it would help if Rondon threw his fastball rather than acting as if it was one of three co-equal pitches."
"Detroit Tigers minor league outfielder Magglio Ordonez Jr., a son of retired six-time All-Star and former Tigers star Magglio Ordonez, has been suspended for 50 games under baseball’s minor league drug program, following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.The 19-year-old hit .108 with three RBIs in 19 games this year with the Gulf Coast League Tigers, his second season with the team. His suspension will start at the beginning of next season.Ordonez was drafted by the Tigers out of high school in 2014."