I've mentioned the Tigers' new Venezuelan development program, which started roughly around 2006, when they started fielding a Venezuelan Summer League team. While signs of improved depth are sure to come, there was a small milestone today, as pitcher Mauricio Robles, 19, was added to the West Michigan Roster. Robles becomes the first VSL Tigers alumnus to make it to a full season team's roster. More notably, Brandon Hamilton also was promoted to West Michigan. Hamilton, also just 19, spent the first month of the season in Extended Spring Training after an oblique injury. He was the Tigers pick in the supplemental round of last year's draft.
In a related move, Luis Marte has been promoted to Erie. This is a guy who will shoot up the prospect charts this season. Could he get a look with the big league club if things go well?