Scott Harris/front office: C
It's been a pretty up-and-down first season as president of baseball ops for Scott Harris. He's had his moments — Zach McKinstry and Tyler Holton have both been pretty good finds. But he's also had his fair share of hiccups.
Matthew Boyd was not a good signing. He had a 5.45 ERA is roughly half a season before having to undergo Tommy John surgery. The Gregory Soto trade hasn't exactly been great either. Soto is doing quite well for the Phillies, and Nick Maton just got sent down. Matt Vierling has been okay, but that hasn't been the greatest trade for the Tigers so far.
But the thing that frustrates fans the most is that he is way, WAY too stingy with prospect promotions. Colt Keith should have been promoted about a month ago. Parker Meadows should be a big leaguer right now. Jace Jung should be in Double-A.
All this talk about earmarking at-bats for young players, and he's giving at-bats to Tyler Nevin and Andy Ibanez, and Jake Marisnick. It just doesn't make sense.
It's been a lot of talk, and not a whole lot of walk for Scott Harris so far. However, I'm keeping the grade at a C because I need to see how he does in the draft and at the trade deadline. If he has a good draft and gets a nice return or two at the trade deadline, maybe we can bump that grade up at the end of the year. But for right now, I'm not all that impressed.