March 16, 2007


Journey long but hardening: Path through hardships makes Sleeth stronger (Jack Etkin, 3/16/07, Rocky Mountain News)

At long last, things are happily different for Kyle Sleeth.

He was in camp with the Detroit Tigers last year, concentrating on rehabilitation, waiting to pitch to get his career, which began with so much fanfare, back on track.

It would be June before Sleeth, who went to Northglenn High School, made his 2006 debut only to discover he still was dealing with the effects of reconstructive elbow surgery. This spring training, there is an all-systems-go approach for Sleeth, 25, whose medical problems are in the past. [...]

Even though Sleeth has lost significant time - he has pitched only 185 innings and 148 were in 2004, his first professional season - he's very much on the Tigers' radar.

"He's got a power arm with power breaking stuff," Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "Great body, can change speeds and he's a quality prospect. He's plenty young enough to really be in a good spot. He can re-establish himself, move quickly."

Sleeth finally made his Grapefruit League debut last week. In two games, he pitched a combined three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. As expected, his stay in major league camp ended Monday when the Tigers sent him down to Double A Erie (Pa.).

Dave Dombroski gets appropriate credit for the team the Tigers put on the field now, but just as important is the fact that they could make a trade for a Gary Sheffield and still have plenty of premiere prospects in the minor league pipeline.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2007 12:00 AM
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