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Detroit Tigers: Diving deeper into Scott Harris’s 3 fundamental concepts

Tyler Kotila
Tigers' new president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Tigers' new president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. /
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Detroit Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris, center, stands with Tigers owner Christopher Illitch and president and chief executive officer of Ilitch Sports and Entertainment Chris McGowan during Harris’ introductory news conference on Sept. 20, 2022, at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. /

The Detroit Tigers need to revolutionize the way they handle young talent.

One of the things that the Detroit Tigers need to do is create changes in the way that they handle young talent. For Scott Harris, this means bringing in and acquiring young talent to add to the farm system and help the team move in the right direction.

In fact, during the presser, Harris was asked several times how he views and values the Detroit Tigers farm system at the moment. Every time he side-stepped it, including a comment from a San Francisco Giants perspective. This one stood out to me because of his small chuckle after he finished talking.

Harris said he did not feel that it was fair to throw valuations out about the Tigers farm system opting to say this instead.

"“I’m not sure it’s a good idea to share the Giants’ perspective of the Tigers’ farm system.” – Scott Harris from the introductory press conference on Tuesday."

For the Tigers, that has to sting a bit. Not that Harris is in the wrong saying it, but it speaks to the lack of talent in the minors. The team has some players to be excited about and players who will be future big leaguers, but they are not stacked with the ability to acquire young talent being something to boast about.

Harris is aiming to come in and change this. He’s going to focus on improving the team’s drafting, so there are no reservations about the team’s first-round pick like there are with Jace Jung. The hope is that he can transform how the Tigers operate regarding talent acquisition.

This means trades, drafting, free agents, etc., which is vital for the Tigers to build a farm system with prospects to replenish the big league club when needed.

Harris has a lot of work to do with a big road ahead of him, but his visions seem doable in the long run.

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