07/18/12 7:30 PM ET
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By Anthony Odoardi / MLB.com
Peralta slowly coming around
DETROIT -- Just prior to the All-Star break, Tigers manager Jim Leyland named Jhonny Peralta as one of three players -- the others being Ryan Raburn and Delmon Young -- who needed to make more of an impact for the team to get rolling.Peralta, who hit .246 in April and .241 in May, started well behind his pace from 2011, when he hit .279 and .354 in those months on his way to being named an American League All-Star. It seems, at least for now, Peralta's responded to the manager. Over the past month and a half, Peralta is batting exactly .300 and although his average still sits at .266, he's raised it nearly 30 points. "I started really slow and everything," Peralta said. "It happened to a lot of the players and I never gave up. I try to keep working hard every day and be positive. And that's what I'm doing right now. ... I try to look at the ball better, how the pitcher throws to me. And I hit a lot of balls good and everything. Sometimes [I didn't have] a lot of good luck. But I feel good." One aspect of his game that hasn't quite come around is the home runs. Peralta hit 21 last season and is well off that pace with six through 91 games. However, the shortstop is trying not to concern himself with power. "I know I don't hit home runs like last year, but I don't try to worry about it too much," he said. "We have a lot of guys that can hit the ball. I try to forget about home runs and try to hit for average." There wasn't much happening with the Tigers' offense Tuesday as they were shut out for the first time in 158 games. But with a single in the seventh inning, Peralta extended his hitting streak to seven games. He's 10-for-24 (.417) with three doubles, two home runs and all eight of his RBIs in July during that span. Despite being 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts vs. Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson, who got the start on Wednesday, Peralta was penciled into a lineup that featured a number of regulars getting a day off. Quintin Berry, Alex Avila and Ramon Santiago all sat, being replaced by Raburn, Gerald Laird and Danny Worth.
Tigers win extra pick in Draft lottery
DETROIT -- After being hamstrung by the new financial restrictions of the First-Year Player Draft last month, the Tigers just picked up a huge benefit of the new rules, winning an extra pick at the end of the second round of next summer's Draft thanks to the Competitive Balance Lottery.The lottery was set up in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to provide a new avenue for smaller-market teams to compete against the big boys by awarding an extra Draft pick to 12 teams. Despite the fifth-highest payroll in baseball, the Tigers were among eight teams in the mix for a pick after the second round, thanks to Detroit's market size being outside the top 15 teams in baseball and the small amount of revenue-sharing money they received last year. The ping-pong balls drawn Wednesday fell in the Tigers' favor, giving Detroit the last of the 12 picks awarded. Depending on how many free-agent-compensation picks are doled out this coming offseason, the selection should fall somewhere in the mid- to late 70s in the overall order. By comparison, the Tigers didn't make their first pick in last month's First-Year Player Draft until the 91st overall selection. They didn't come up in the 2011 Draft until the 76th pick. In those drafts, the Tigers lost their first-round picks thanks to signing free agents under the old rules. Now, not only did they gain a pick, it could help them gain another big-name player if they need an extra trading chip. Unlike other Draft selections, the picks awarded through the lottery are tradeable, allowing teams to deal draft picks for the first time. Moreover, they're tradeable now for actual players, giving the Tigers an extra enticement leading up to the Trade Deadline. In many ways, it's like an extra prospect the Tigers can deal without taking away from their current farm system. It's not only about the pick, but the extra Draft spending that comes with it. Even if another team isn't intrigued by where the pick falls, that team could sign a player under slot for that spot and use the money saved on other picks.
Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.