TigsTown Transaction Blog: Pratt Retires

Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. Minor league pitcher Jordan Pratt, who suffered a head injury last spring when he took a line drive off his skull, has decided to retire.

2/16/12

Jordan Pratt (RHP) has retired (head injury)

Signed Zach Segovia (RHP)

Analysis: Last spring, Jordan Pratt had a serious scare when he took a line drive off his skull. He was on the ground for more than 30 minutes at the time, and spent months receiving treatment. After meeting with Tigers doctors, and due to the increased risk of repeat injury causing irreparable damage, Pratt has chosen not to return to the field. The door has been left open that he could try in the future, but as of now, his baseball career is over.

Posted by Wez, 2/16/12


2/8/12

Released Cody Satterwhite (RHP)

Signed Brent Dlugach (SS)

Signed Warwick Saupold (RHP)

Signed Tim Kelley (RHP)

Signed Juan Alcantara (RHP)

Signed Sandy Baez (RHP)

Signed Carlos Lara (RHP

Signed Arvincent Perez (C)

Signed Franklin Navarro (C)

Signed Joseph Manuel (SS)

Agreed to terms with Ignacio Valdez (OF)

Analysis: Satterwhite's release isn't all that shocking at this point in time, simply because his stuff never came back after major shoulder surgery. He was sitting in the upper-80s last summer while still battling discomfort in his shoulder, and that didn't bode well for his baseball future.

Saupold has drawn some recent hype after signing out of Australia, largely because of the unknown and the sparkling numbers he put in the Australian Baseball League this year. He's a project of sorts and is likely to start out in the lower minor leagues barring a truly impressive spring.

Kelley is an NDFA out of Wichita State. The Tigers have been intimately familiar with him over the years and he should help eat some innings during camp and possibly hold down a rotation or long relief slot in A-ball to start the year. With below-average to fringe-average stuff and good command, he lacks significant Major League projection.

The host of Latin American kids signed will be detailed in an upcoming Scouting MLN that should be live on the site later this week.

Posted by Mark A., 2/8/12


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