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PostSubject: Robbie Weinhardt News   Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:23 pm




Full Name: Robert D. Weinhardt

Born: 12/08/1985
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
College: Oklahoma St U
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

Biography:

Selected by the Tigers in the 10th round of the June 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Highlights:


2008:
Went a combined 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA and four saves in 24 appearances for Class A Advanced Lakeland and Gulf Coast League Tigers.
... Tabbed the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July after posting a 2-0 record and two saves with 23 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings.
... He allowed only an unearned run during that stretch.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:25 pm

Basic Statistics
YearAge Level___Team__G_WL__IP__TBF_H2B_3B_HR_R_ER_BB__K_ERA_WHIPRA9
2008
RookieGCL Tigers3005.226610030240.001.414.76
2008
A Lakeland213135.11391950111811442.040.842.80
200923A Lakeland221131.2131252025410401.141.101.42
200923AAErie190128.1129265209814292.541.412.86

Extended Statistics
YearAge Level_
__Team__BB/PA_K/PA_BABIP_GB%_HR/AirFIP_BsRA9
2008
RookieGCL Tigers7.7%15.4%.31647%0%3.143.77
2008
A Lakeland7.9%31.7%.24740%2%2.181.66
200923A Lakeland7.6%30.5%.29556%6%2.513.08
200923AAErie10.9%22.5%.32549%0%3.013.31


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:03 pm

Posted: Nov. 16, 2009
Tigers prospect Cale Iorg starting to heat up in Arizona Fall League

BY GEORGE SIPPLE
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

Tigers prospect Cale Iorg probably wishes Sunday wasn't a day off in the Arizona Fall League.

Iorg, hitting .208 for the Peoria Javelinas, has a hit and a run in each of his past three games and has a hit in four of his past five. He hit a two-run homer in a 4-2 loss to the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday.

Iorg struggled this season at Double-A Erie, hitting .222 with 149 strikeouts in 491 at-bats. He has 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats for the Javelinas.

Pitcher Robbie Weinhardt, a 10th-round pick by the Tigers in 2008, hasn't allowed an earned run in his past six appearances for the Javelinas. He gave up eight runs in his first three appearances, including five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings to begin AFL play Oct. 13. But over his past six games, he has allowed four hits and two walks, and has struck out 18 in 11 innings.

Outfielder Casper Wells (Grand Rapids) is hitting .344 for the Javelinas and is tied for the team lead with 24 RBIs. Wells hit .260 for Erie this season.

The Javelinas (17-11) have four games remaining and have clinched the West Division title.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:07 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:44 pm

Petersen, Weinhardt shine in Week 5
Marlins outfielder had nine hits, five RBIs for Mesa

Arizona Fall League

11/16/09 2:00 PM EST

Phoenix, Ariz. -- Mesa Solar Sox outfielder Bryan Petersen (Marlins) and Peoria Javelinas right-handed relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt (Tigers) were selected as the Arizona Fall League's Week 5 Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week on Monday, respectively.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Petersen, the Fall League's only .400 hitter entering the final week of play, batted .563 (9-for-16) last week with four runs, a double, two triples, a home run, five RBIs and two stolen bases. He also walked twice.

The 23-year-old Irvine, Calif. native enters the season's final week hitting .422 (35-for-83). He has hit safely in 17 of his 18 appearances and boasts 11 multi-hit games. In league rankings, he is first in batting average, second in hits, tied for third in total bases (54), fourth in on-base percentage (.449), and fifth in runs (54) and slugging percentage (.651).

Petersen, Florida's fourth-round pick in the 2007 Draft out of California-Irvine, is a .286 hitter in 309 games over three Minor League seasons. He hit .297 in 2009 for Double-A Jacksonville.

Weinhardt earned a save in four innings pitched over two appearances last week, striking out seven and allowing only two hits and two walks.

He currently leads the Fall League with 26 strikeouts and is tied for second with four holds, averaging 15 strikeouts per nine innings.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Weinhardt, 23, was a 10th-round Draft pick (313th overall) by the Tigers out of Oklahoma State in 2008. In two Minor League seasons, he has posted a 4-3 record and 1.64 ERA in 66 games spanning 104 innings. He split 2009 between Class A Advanced Lakeland (1-1, 0.85 ERA) and Double-A Erie (0-1, 2.30 ERA).


Other Nominees
Other hitters receiving consideration were Surprise Rafters outfielder Colin Curtis (Yankees), Mesa shortstop Jose Iglesias (Red Sox), and Peoria Saguaros infielder Lance Zawadzki (Padres).

Other pitchers receiving consideration were Peoria Saguaros right-handed starter Mike Leake (Reds) and Phoenix Desert Dogs right-handed reliever Toshiyuki Yanuki (Nippon Ham Fighters).

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:16 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:52 pm



Prospect Chronicles: 10 Detroit Tigers Who Could Make an Impact in 2010

Johnny Lawrence
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5. Robbie Weinhardt, RHP, Age 24

Highest Level: AA (Erie)
Acquired: 2008 (10th Round)
40-Man Roster: No

Weinhardt is arguably the Tigers most productive relief prospect. Since Detroit selected him 313th overall in the amateur draft two years ago, he has posted a 1.64 earned run average in 104 innings.

Weinhardt may be on the fast track to the big leagues if he can avoid the control issues that briefly consumed him last season in Erie. His strikeout rate in the minors is a stunning 11.27 per nine innings, and he flat out dominates batters in innings seven through nine (.160 BA).

Tiger fans may see this Oklahoma State product become a valuable bullpen contributor by midseason.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:21 am

From Official_Tigers:

Quote :
Tigers optioned Galarraga to Toledo following tonight's game. Tigers will purchase Weinhardt's contract from Toledo tomorrow. #mlb

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Again from OFFICIAL_TIGERS:

Quote :
Galarraga will make on start with Toledo on July 15 before starting for Tigers again on July 20. #mlb


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:28 am

Galarraga to Triple-A, Weinhardt called up

By Jason Beck

07/07/10 1:10 AM ET

DETROIT -- The Tigers will use the All-Star break to add an extra reliever for the next couple of weeks. Detroit optioned Armando Galarraga to Triple-A Toledo after his start Tuesday night and called up sinkerballer Robbie Weinhardt from the Mud Hens to add to the bullpen.

Galarraga's demotion, team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski emphasized, is a temporary one. The plan calls for him to rejoin the Tigers and start on July 20 against Texas. They'll have an extra reliever for the rest of the week once Weinhardt arrives on Wednesday. That means an eight-man bullpen for this weekend's three-game series against the Twins at Comerica Park.

The Tigers will still need a spot starter soon after the All-Star break, thanks to a day-night doubleheader on July 17 at Cleveland. Dombrowski said they'll either call up somebody from Toledo, or use a reliever to start one of those games, something Brad Thomas has done twice this season.

Weinhardt just rejoined the Mud Hens last week after being sidelined for just over a month with a muscle injury in his shoulder. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings over two outings since rejoining Toledo, lowering his ERA with the Hens to 1.98 for the season. He has allowed six runs on 22 hits over 27 1/3 innings at Triple-A, walking four and striking out 18.

Now that the 24-year-old right-hander has shown he's back healthy, he'll get his first crack at the Major Leagues. He was on that track this year after making a solid impression on Tigers coaches and officials in Spring Training work.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:53 pm



Weinhardt's arm aids Tigers bullpen

By Alex DiFilippo / MLB.com

07/07/10 7:36 PM ET

DETROIT -- With the Tigers bullpen throwing 11 2/3 innings in sweltering 90 degree heat in the first two games of the series against the Orioles, the club desperately needed another arm in the bullpen.

Thus, Detroit on Wednesday called up reliever Robbie Weinhardt after optioning starter Armando Galarraga on Tuesday to Triple-A Toledo. The move will give the Tigers eight arms in the bullpen for their weekend series against the Twins.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he wouldn't shy away from using Weinhardt, Detroit's 10th round Draft pick in 2008, which would mark his professional debut. Weinhardt is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings pitched for Toledo this season.

However, the 24-year-old right-hander is coming off a shoulder injury he suffered in late May. He has made only two appearances with the Mud Hens since the injury, throwing 4 1/3 shutout innings.

"We liked what we saw in Spring Training," Leyland said. "He's improved his breaking ball a little bit. He's got a couple different type fastballs and a sinker and cutter. We will see. We are filling ourselves up with a lot of young guys here, but that's OK."

Weinhardt said his main focus this season has been to establish his breaking ball. He is known for his sinker, but in his time with Toledo he's worked to improve his slider.

"I needed to be able to throw two or three pitches for a strike anytime I want," Weinhardt said. "That was something that I worked on, to keep my walks down and try to get outs with as few pitches as I can to keep me in the game longer. My role is going to be middle reliever whenever they need me, and that's something that I look forward to doing."

Tuesday didn't just mark Weinhardt's first call-up in his career -- it also marked the first time he's been to Comerica Park.

"Driving up to the park was pretty cool," Weinhardt said. "It's a little bit bigger than Toledo."

-- Alex DiFilippo


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:22 pm

Weinhardt showing he belongs in bigs

By Alex DiFilippo / MLB.com

07/11/10 1:19 PM ET

DETROIT -- Robbie Weinhardt is proving to be anything but an "extra reliever." Weinhardt was called up from Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers on Wednesday to give the taxed bullpen an eighth arm. But after his performance in his last three starts -- his first appearances in the Major Leagues -- it may be difficult to send him back to the Mud Hens.

"He's done a good job," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's kind of an unknown. They don't know him. That's to your advantage a little bit. He's done a fine job so far. He's thrown the ball over the plate and he's pounded the strike zone for a young kid. I've been impressed with him."

On Friday, Weinhardt entered the game in a bases loaded jam and was able to induce a ground ball to force a double play to get out of the inning. Then on Saturday, he threw 1 1/3 innings without giving up a hit. In his big league debut Wednesday, Weinhardt said his nerves got the best of him and he surrendered his first career earned run.

But overall, the 24-year-old right-hander said he's been pleased with his performance, which he credits to his ability to locate his go-to pitch, the sinker.

"I think it went well," Weinhardt said. "I was able to help the team out in ways I was brought in to do. It was nothing over the line and I was just basically trying to get guys out as fast as I can. I'm not trying to strike anybody out. I'm just trying to get some ground balls."

Leyland gave Weinhardt the day off Sunday. With his effectiveness in his three appearances, the Tigers bullpen was able to stay fresh going into the series finale against the Twins.

"It was nice to give the rest of the guys some time off and have a fresh full bullpen for [Sunday]," Weinhardt said. "We almost have the whole bullpen ready with six other guys available to throw today. That's a big boost."


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:23 am

Tigers' Weinhardt focus on mechanics

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

08/17/10 6:30 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Robbie Weinhardt's recent outings have been so rough that manager Jim Leyland asked him if he was hurt. So did others on the Tigers' staff.

Weinhardt insists his arm is fine. He admits his pitching mechanics are not.

"Consistency with my mechanics is probably the problem with my slider," Weinhardt said Tuesday afternoon.

For a ground-ball pitcher who focuses his arsenal on his slider and sinker, that's a problem.

"He's a sinkerball pitcher that's been up lately," Leyland said. "The bright spot is there's no issue with his arm."

After 5 1/3 scoreless innings over five outings from late July into August, Weinhardt has given up runs in four of his last five appearances, and multiple earned runs in three of them. He has allowed 10 earned runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in that span.

Just as worrisome, more than half of his hits allowed in that stretch have gone for extra bases -- two home runs, and three doubles. Just as worrisome, his ratio of fly balls to ground balls is even for that stretch.

Weinhardt can throw his sinker at different speeds, anywhere from 88-92 mph, which he figures is why the Tigers would've worried about his health. But changing speeds on it and mixing in the power fastball doesn't mean much without his slider. He has had good advice from pitching coach Rick Knapp and bullpen coach Jeff Jones, he said, but the primary fix starts with him.

"I need to get better mechanically, and I know that," Weinhardt said. "Once I do that, my slider should be OK."


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:05 pm

Tigers recall Figaro, send Weinhardt down

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

08/20/10 8:23 PM ET

DETROIT -- The Tigers decided to stick with an extra reliever for the time being. They just decided to change the reliever, recalling right-hander Alfredo Figaro from Triple-A Toledo and sending Robbie Weinhardt back to the Mud Hens.

The move is as much about getting Weinhardt out of his Major League struggles as it is about getting a reliever back. Weinhardt remains a relief prospect for Detroit, but the 24-year-old had been hit hard lately, allowing 13 earned runs on 12 hits over 4 2/3 innings in his past seven appearances. His slider and sinker, the pitches that made him an effective ground-ball specialist in the Minors, had been up in the zone lately.

"Weinhardt needed to go down," manager Jim Leyland said. "He was just a little frustrated."

The 26-year-old Figaro gave up two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning in his lone Tigers appearance of the season on May 12, but he has been in the Hens rotation all season, going 10-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 23 starts with 112 strikeouts over 124 innings.

The Tigers left New York on Thursday expecting to go back to seven relievers and four position players this weekend -- even planning on it. After a Friday morning talk between Leyland and team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, however, they decided they still needed the extra arm.

A lot of that has to do with Detroit's rotation and a lack of innings from Tigers starters. Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman and Rick Porcello lasted just five innings each over the past three games at New York, as did Armando Galarraga last Sunday at Chicago.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:48 am

Weinhardt to return on Wednesday
More September callups possible later in the month

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

08/31/10 7:55 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers will have one callup when rosters expand on Wednesday, with more potentially on the way. The team announced on Tuesday that it will recall right-handed reliever Robbie Weinhardt on Wednesday.

It'll be a relatively quick return for the rookie sinkerballer, who was sent to Triple-A Toledo two weeks ago to iron out his slider after a rough stretch in the big leagues. His 9.17 ERA for the season had been just 3.46 on Aug. 4 before he gave up 13 earned runs on 12 hits over just 4 2/3 innings and seven appearances. Hitters were 12-for-24 with four doubles, one triple and two home runs in that stretch.

Weinhardt went back to the Mud Hens and scattered an unearned run on three hits over six innings, walking three and striking out seven.

Much like left-hander Daniel Schlereth, these final five weeks could be big for Weinhardt and how he fits into next year's bullpen picture. If he can reestablish trust as a ground-ball specialist, he could play a big part in the 2011 Tigers relief corps.

The way the Tigers' pitching staff has been shaping up, Weinhardt could be more than an extra reliever. Alfredo Figaro moved out of the bullpen last Saturday in Toronto to make a spot start for Jeremy Bonderman, who is battling a sore rib-cage muscle. Bonderman threw a mound session Tuesday and said he felt good. As long as he feels fine Wednesday, he expects to start Friday in Kansas City.

Manager Jim Leyland said over the weekend that what few September callups that Detroit makes probably wouldn't arrive until after Toledo's season ends on Labor Day. The fact that Weinhardt is heading up early suggests the Tigers needed bullpen help sooner than that.

If the Tigers make another callup Wednesday, it would most likely be an extra catcher to protect themselves from being caught short. Gerald Laird was out for a fourth straight game with a back strain, leaving Alex Avila to start against Twins left-hander Brian Duensing and potentially leaving ex-catcher Brandon Inge as the backup option.

Asked about the possibility of a catching callup, Leyland said, "Maybe."

Coincidentally, longtime Tigers Minor Leaguer Max St. Pierre was removed from Triple-A Toledo's lineup Tuesday night. They don't have any catchers on their 40-man roster besides Avila and Laird, but they have an opening on their 40-man roster to add somebody.

After that, the callup options are rather thin, mainly due to the same injury problems that have hampered the Tigers. Besides Weinhardt, the only pitchers currently on the 40-man roster and active at Toledo are former Tigers starter Andy Oliver and brief Tigers reliever Jay Sborz. Jeff Frazier could potentially return as an extra outfielder, while Scott Sizemore could make a late-season return to the infield.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:13 pm

Weinhardt slides through 'bizarre' outing

By Jason Beck and Alex DiFilippo / MLB.com

09/08/10 9:35 PM ET

DETROIT -- Rookie reliever Robbie Weinhardt summed up his outing on Tuesday with one word -- bizarre.

Weinhardt's go-to pitch is the sinker, but on Tuesday, he said he couldn't throw it for a strike even if he wanted to. Instead, his slider was much more effective, despite usually being a pitch he can't completely rely on.

Weinhardt said his slider was the best it's been all season. Tigers manager Jim Leyland noticed, too. The skipper said he's been impressed with the improvement in Weinhardt's slider since his second callup of the season on Sept. 1.

"My slider's just been coming back," Weinhardt said. "I had a different grip for a slider that I was trying to work with. I was down in Toledo and I threw that a little bit. I don't know if that helped my arm angle with the pitch that I used to throw because I'm back to the old grip. I've worked in the bullpen, and the last couple outings it's been really good."

Weinhardt isn't too concerned about his sinker returning to form. Leyland said he won't use the 24-year-old for the rest of the White Sox series, giving him ample time to tweak his mechanics with his front side, which led to his lack of command.

If the mix-up of pitches wasn't strange enough, Weinhardt was charged with two errors on the same play in the eighth inning. He bobbled a dribbler back to the mound and botched the throw to first. Then Weinhardt beaned Manny Ramirez, who was the very next batter after his rare double-error play.

But the bottom line was the result. He lasted two innings, matching his second-longest outing in 21 big league appearances, and didn't allow a run with three strikeouts, which tied a season high.

"Yesterday was just a really bizarre outing," Weinhardt said. "But in the end, it ended up being all right."


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:15 pm

Weinhardt could fit bill for Tigers' needs in 'pen
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 02/21/11 5:56 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Robbie Weinhardt knows the deal: Get the ball on the ground, and he could be in the air for New York with the rest of the Tigers roster in about five weeks.

It's a simple plan, but a complex challenge. He did it in a big situation against Delmon Young last summer. Now, repeat.

"That's my job," Weinhardt said. "If I'm going to make this team, I have to be able to do that every time."

Of all the specialized roles in a Major League bullpen, a ground-ball reliever has one of the more specialized -- and more thankless. Sometimes, it's not enough to get the out. They have to get a certain kind of out. The outs aren't usually glamorous, but they're very often big. They could come anywhere from the fifth inning to the eighth, or extra frames.

Jim Leyland isn't exactly printing a help-wanted ad in what he's seeking out of his one surefire open bullpen spot. It could be a different role depending on the other six relief pitchers on the roster -- how many lefties, how many long relievers. But if his track record as Tigers manager holds true this spring, he wouldn't mind having a guy for ground balls.

He had Zach Miner trying to get them for the better part of three seasons. He had Eddie Bonine trying for them at times last year. They're both in other camps this spring. If there's an obvious replacement, it's Weinhardt, who arguably has better stuff.

Weinhardt understands the opportunity. But he also understands the need to get the ball on the ground -- every, single, time.


"The perception of what 'down' is, is really what separates this level from any other level," pitching coach Rick Knapp said. "It's not about making eight out of 10 good pitches. You have to make 10 out of 10."

For a sinkerball pitcher, it's especially so. Leave the pitch up, and it can get pounded. Overthrow it and lose the movement, and it usually gets pounded. Throw it good, over and over -- maybe mix in a slider -- and get the out.

"He had his moments of brilliance up there," Leyland said.

The highlight came in Weinhardt's second Major League outing last July 9 at Comerica Park, where Leyland took a chance on him in a big game against the Twins. Justin Verlander had a gem going into the sixth, until he gave up four straight one-out singles to drive in a run and load the bases. Up came Delmon Young, who was coming off a 24-RBI month in June and on his way to a .434 average in July.

Out came Leyland from the dugout to replace Verlander with Weinhardt, looking to stop the rally there. Weinhardt buried his first pitch in the dirt and got Young to foul off the second before getting the pitch he wanted, a sinker down that Young grounded to second for an inning-ending double play. The Tigers went on to win, and Weinhardt got a 'Thank you' from Verlander.

Young faced Weinhardt three times last season and grounded out in every one of them, though one of them drove in a run. For that matter, the Twins went 1-for-15 with a single and five strikeouts against Weinhardt.

More of that will make Weinhardt a big part of this bullpen. More of his performance against the White Sox, who went 9-for-32 with two homers and five runs against him last year, will not.

"He's definitely a prospect, there's no question about that," Leyland said. "It's just a question of being consistent. Sinkerball pitchers need to keep the ball down."

There was a feast-or-famine nature to Weinhardt's outings. Eleven of the 20 earned runs he allowed came in three August outings against the Rays, White Sox and Yankees. The last of them led to his return to Toledo for the final week and a half of August before returning once rosters expanded.

"A sinker was what got me to Detroit," Weinhardt said, "so that's what I was going to use when I got there. It was good until I hit some bumpy parts. And when I did hit bumpy parts, it flattened out. And when a sinkerball flattens, you get in trouble. That's what happened to me -- went back down to Toledo and was more relaxed. I could get back to what got me there.

"Sometimes my mechanics kind of got a little off, which flattened out my sinker a little bit. It was just basically how [Max] Scherzer was -- just finding the mechanical issue to get back to where he was. That's all it was, really, for me to get back into the swing of things."

Weinhardt is trying to give himself every chance to get into that form. He went to winter ball in Puerto Rico and pounded hitters at the knee, scattering nine hits over 15 1/3 innings with two walks and 14 strikeouts in the process. His groundout to flyout ratio was better than 4-to-1.

He lost about 20 pounds, bringing him back to his listed weight of 205 pounds and allowing him to feel better with his delivery. He worked on not only the sinker, but the slider that Knapp has tried to help him hone as a complementary pitch.

He can't really control his fate if Leyland goes another direction to fill out his bullpen. If he wants a ground-ball guy, though, Weinhardt can put himself in position. He knows what to do.

"I just have to do my thing," Weinhardt said. "It's something that I'm ready for. If I make the team, I know what I need to do this season to get the job done."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:27 am

Leyland impressed with Weinhardt
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 03/03/11 6:55 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jim Leyland has a long time before he has to decide the final spot or two in his bullpen, but he at least has a good idea he's got a ground-ball specialist as an option again. Through three scoreless innings over as many appearances, Robbie Weinhardt has shown the sinkerball form that got him to the big leagues last summer.

The Tigers wanted to see consistency out of him to get ground balls, and they're getting it. Weinhardt retired the side in order in the sixth inning on three ground balls, including a chopper back to the mound that Weinhardt snared on the jump.

"We're still really early in Spring Training game-wise, but so far, he's been very consistent with his sinker," Leyland said. "He's keeping it down there where it needs to be. I would say he's on a little bit of a roll right now. He's in a good groove, going along extremely well."

Weinhardt's three innings include only one hit and no walks, plus a strikeout.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:35 pm

Sizemore, Weinhardt cut as Tigers trim roster
Second baseman, righty among five players sent to Minors
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 03/22/11 9:43 AM ET

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Scott Sizemore, viewed for a good stretch as seemingly the favorite to win the Tigers' second-base position, is headed back to Triple-A Toledo. So is Robbie Weinhardt, whose bid for one of Detroit's last bullpen openings appeared the strongest of anyone in camp.

Those were the two main surprises out of the Tigers' Spring Training cuts Tuesday morning. Outfielder Clete Thomas joined Sizemore and Weinhardt in being optioned to Toledo, while lefty reliever Fu-Te Ni and catcher Max St. Pierre were assigned to Minor League camp. The moves put the Tigers' roster at 28 players -- not counting injured Joel Zumaya and Carlos Guillen -- with one more round of cuts to go next week before the club breaks camp in a week.

Sizemore opened last season at second base for the Tigers before his hitting struggles and limitations with a surgically repaired left ankle prompted a move back to Toledo in May. This spring, however, he looked much improved physically with another year of health and a full offseason to condition himself. A strong start to camp had him in a strong position to take the logjam at second base.

Sizemore has alternated starts with Will Rhymes for much of camp, but had started just two of Detroit's last seven Spring Training games. More recently, he had only one plate appearance over the Tigers' last three contests, a single on Sunday that marked his first hit in six days.

Meanwhile, fellow infield prospect Danny Worth has made a strong bid for the spot. Both Sizemore and Worth bat right-handed. While Worth and Rhymes remain in competition at second, Sizemore will be a Mud Hen for a third straight year.

Weinhardt, meanwhile, had re-established himself in camp as a ground-ball specialist, mixing his sinker with an improved slider to get some key ground balls. He inherited a bases-loaded jam last Wednesday against the Blue Jays and retired all five batters he faced. Before that, though, he had three outings in which he allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work.

While Weinhardt returns to Toledo, Brayan Villarreal's bid for a spot remains very much alive. He and Enrique Gonzalez are the two right-handers left in camp without a spot assured. The left-handed relief competition, meanwhile, has been whittled down as well to Daniel Schlereth and rookie Adam Wilk, with Brad Thomas seemingly having a job sealed.

Ni made a good early impression in camp, looking physically stronger with better command. He allowed a run on four hits in 10 innings, but he also walked five, including two in one inning last Friday against the Red Sox.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:08 pm



Ryan Perry will be eligible to return from the disabled list on April 20 in Seattle. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Eye infection forces Perry to disabled list
Righty Weinhardt recalled from Triple-A to fill bullpen opening
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 04/07/11 1:38 PM ET

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers didn't lose any players to the recent stomach bug that had gone around the clubhouse, but they have lost a potentially key reliever to an eye issue.

Right-hander Ryan Perry, one of the club's seventh-inning setup men, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with an infected eye.

Perry's spot in the bullpen will be taken by right-handed sinkerballer Robbie Weinhardt, who was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Toledo. Weinhardt was one of the final cuts during Spring Training, losing out to long relievers Brayan Villarreal and Enrique Gonzalez.

Perry pitched in two of the Tigers' first four games, allowing a run over two-thirds of an inning Saturday at Yankee Stadium before tossing a scoreless eighth inning Monday against the Orioles.

With Joel Zumaya opening the season on the DL, Perry was seen as the primary candidate to help carry a lead from Detroit's starters to setup man Joaquin Benoit and closer Jose Valverde. That mainly involved the seventh inning, which manager Jim Leyland had hinted was a point of concern.

Leyland had left-hander Phil Coke, a primary setup man for much of last season, available in that spot for the first four games, while the Tigers needed just four starters. With no off-day scheduled for the next two weeks, Coke is back in starter mode for his scheduled turn in the rotation Saturday against the Royals at Comerica Park.

With Perry out, the seventh inning becomes an opportunity for some who are younger and less-tested. Weinhardt would presumably be among them, as will left-handers Daniel Schlereth and Brad Thomas.

Perry's move was made retroactive to Tuesday. He'll be eligible to return from the DL on April 20 -- the final day of the Tigers' next road trip to the West Coast. They have a series finale in Seattle that afternoon.

Weinhardt was in Toledo for the Mud Hens' season opener, scheduled for Thursday. He caught a flight to Baltimore and is expected to be available for the Tigers' series finale against the Orioles.

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PostSubject: Re: Robbie Weinhardt News   Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:41 pm

Tigers call up Alburquerque, option Weinhardt
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Alberto Alburquerque didn’t last to the final cuts of Spring Training before he sent out of camp. The way he pitched after that, he didn’t last a week into Triple-A Toledo’s season before getting the call back.

The Tigers recalled Alburquerque from Toledo Wednesday afternoon to join them on their upcoming West Coast trip. He’ll take the roster spot of Robbie Weinhardt, who was optioned back to the Mud Hens.

With Wednesday’s move, Alburquerque will be the next Tigers youngster to try to shore up middle-inning relief and bridge the gap between Detroit’s starters and setup man Joaquin Benoit. That includes the seventh inning, which has become an adventure 11 games in.

“Hey, we know what’s going on,” manager Jim Leyland said. “We’re not going to be afraid to try some things if we feel it’s necessary.”

Alburquerque’s power arsenal in winter ball sold the Tigers on signing him to a Major League contract over the offseason rather than a spring invite. While those pitches impressed team officials in Spring Training, his command did not. He struck out 11 over 6 2/3 spring innings, but he also walked five, including a pair of two-walk performances in the first week of games. He spotted his curveball, but couldn’t command his fastball, a basic no-no.

That has not been an issue so far. Alburquerque racked up eight strikeouts over four scoreless innings in three appearances, including five strikeouts in a six-out performance Monday at Indianapolis. He threw 21 out of 32 pitches for strikes that day.

Major League hitters’ reactions to those same pitches could be far different. That’s what separates Triple-A from the big leagues. But he wasn’t going to get much closer to that while overpowering Triple-A hitters. And the Tigers weren’t going to get closer to filling their seventh-inning void.

That became a serious question in camp once it became clear Joel Zumaya wasn’t going to be ready for Opening Day. Add Ryan Perry’s DL stint with an eye infection, and the void became a chasm. Detroit lost a tie game in the seventh inning on Opening Day, blew a seventh-inning lead Wednesday in Baltimore, and saw the Rangers erase a one-run Tigers lead in the eighth Tuesday at Comerica Park.

By almost every account, Alburquerque has a late-game reliever’s type of stuff. Whether the 25-year-old veteran of two other organizations has the command and temperament remains to be seen. The Tigers are going to find out.

Weinhardt pitched in two games since his recall from Toledo last week. The right-handed sinkerballer gave up two runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.


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