2. The work in player development continues
Harris mentioned the strides in players like Justice Bigbie, who led the farm system in hitting with a .343 batting average, made several announcements that will aid in player development in the future. Harris announced the following, which has been consistent with his messaging about improving the player development experience.
— Tigers purchased land in the Dominican Republic, and they are in the design phase of a new Dominican Academy. “That's going to make us a lot more competitive internationally” Harris said.
— there is a new dorm building coming soon in Lakeland, a covered field, new cages and mounds as they continue expansion projects to help in minor league player development.
— Harris announced that the team will acquire a new, fully customized plane equipped with best-in-class features aimed at promoting comfort, recovery, and the desired team culture. In addition, Harris revealed that the second phase of renovations for the clubhouse and performance center is set to begin, with both upgrades expected to impact the team at the big-league level.
Detroit, as a whole, historically speaking has always been behind when it comes to making changes to infostructure, so this is a welcome sight that may not be visible to all fans.