The home run that pitcher Daniel Norris hit in his first career plate appearance more than lived up to his childhood dreams.
Justin Verlander heard a few boos, Ian Kinsler was ejected and Nick Castellanos was hit in the face by a groundball.
“I’m having so much fun,” said 9-year-old Jordon Footlander, “being face-to-face with an actual Tiger – it’s just really cool.”
“There’s so much analysis, video, scrutiny nowadays,” manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday. “I think some players tie themselves in a knot.”
Detroit gave third baseman Nick Castellanos the honor of making the announcement on the draft conference call that the Tigers selected his brother Ryan, a right-hander from Nova Southeastern, in the 25th round.
“Anaheim was a slap in the face,” Ausmus said, referring to the recent four-game sweep by the Angels. “This was a punch in the gut.”
“I’m not overly concerned about his results right now,” Ausmus said. “It’s more about him getting through these innings.”
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Gose, who will split time this season with Rajai Davis, understood why he did not get the start Monday.
Ausmus said the power Castellanos shows in practice should eventually manifest more in games, but he needs to work on his pitch selection.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association today.