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Signing Deadline Wraps Up All-Star Haul For Tigers

John Wagner -Premium Content

Who could blame David Chadd for being excited about his team's haul in this year's draft? After all, even without a first-round pick, the Tigers drafted and signed Evan Longoria, Huston Street and Cliff Lee. While that may be hyperbole, the three deals the Tigers made moments before this year's signing deadline brought three players into the system that Chadd, the vice president of amateur scouting, described as similar to those three stars.

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Difficult Debut

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Andrew Oliver may never forget his professional debut—no matter how much he'd like to. Oliver, the lefthander from Oklahoma State taken by the Tigers in the second round of this year's draft, began his career in the Arizona Fall League. Oliver's college experience, plus his fine performance with Team USA in the summer of 2008, suggested he could handle a stint in the AFL.

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Learning Experience

John Wagner -Premium Content

While the Tigers were fighting for their playoff lives in the final weeks of September, a crop of young Tigers met in Lakeland to begin taking steps toward becoming future Tigers.<br/><br/>And the emphasis is on the word "young," as Detroit welcomed 44 of its youngest players to its instructional league program.

Majors | #2009#Detroit Tigers#Organization Reports