DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has purchased the contracts of second baseman Scott Sizemore and shortstop Audy Ciriaco from Triple A Toledo and first baseman/outfielder Ryan Strieby and outfielder Brennan Boesch from Double A Erie.
Boesch batted .275 (145x527) with 89 runs scored, 26 doubles, seven triples, 28 home runs and 93 RBI in 131 games with Double A Erie in 2009. Selected to both the Eastern League’s mid- and post-season all-star squads, he led the league with 28 home runs, 61 extra-base hits and 269 total bases. Additionally, Boesch finished third in the league with 93 RBI and a .510 slugging percentage, while he tied for third with seven triples, tied for fourth with 89 runs scored and finished fifth with 145 hits.
Ciriaco spent most of the past season with Single A Lakeland, hitting .262 (116x443) with 55 runs scored, 17 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 59 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 121 games. He topped all Florida State League shortstops with 533 total chances, 161 putouts and 342 assists as he was rated as possessing the best infield arm in the league by Baseball America. Ciriaco joined Triple A Toledo at the end of the season, seeing action in seven games with the Mud Hens.
Sizemore was named the Tigers Minor League Player of the Year in 2009 as he combined to hit .308 (160x520) with 88 runs scored, 39 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, 66 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 130 games with Double A Erie and Triple A Toledo. He was selected to Baseball America’s First-Team Minor League all-star squad following the season. Sizemore saw action in six games with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League, batting .368 (7x19) with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI before he underwent surgery on his left ankle for his fractured fibula and the associated instability on October 27.
Strieby earned Eastern League mid-season all-star honors in 2009 as he hit .303 (89x294) with 64 runs scored, 18 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 86 games with Double A Erie. He tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 19 home runs.
With the purchase of the four players’ contracts, the Tigers roster now stands at 40 and will be submitted to the Commissioner’s Office to meet today’s deadline.
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