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Friday, September 14, 2012

Garcia, Rondon named Tigers' minor leaguers of the year

When you shoot up through the minor league system like an elevator headed for the top floor, it's kind of hard not to notice.

Both Avisail Garcia and Bruce Rondon saw rapid rises through the Detroit Tigers system during the 2012 season, and were named the team's Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, as a result.

Rondon was named the Tigers' third-best prospect in's end-of-season 2012 prospect watch, while Garcia was the fourth-best.

Garcia finished the season with an invitation to join the big league club on Aug. 31, making him eligible for the postseason roster, should the Tigers make it. He hit .299 with 14 home runs, 17 doubles and eight triples in the minors this season, making stops at Single-A Lakeland (67 games) and Double-A Erie (55 games) before his call-up. He's hitting .313 (5-for-16) in his 10 games with the Tigers so far.

For a season spread over stints with Single-A Lakeland (22 appearances), Double-A Erie (21 appearances) and Triple-A Toledo (9 appearances), Rondon posted a 2-1 record with a 1.53 ERA (9 ER in 53 IP) with 29 saves, 66 strikeouts, 26 walks and 32 hits.

A participant in MLB's All-Star Futures Game, Rondon was also honored with inclusion on the Baseball America 2012 Minor League All-Star Team's second team, released Friday.


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