Arizona upbringing made Kinsler player he is now

Tigers second baseman polished skills in Tucson under watch of his dad

Arizona upbringing made Kinsler player he is now

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Tigers
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Ian Kinsler became an All-Star in the Lone Star State, but the work ethic and determination that made him into one of the game's best second basemen were instilled in Arizona.

Kinsler grew up in Tucson, prepped at Canyon del Oro High School -- with his father as his coach -- and played at Central Arizona College and Arizona State before transferring to Missouri.

He wasn't selected in the 2003 Draft until the Rangers took him in the 17th round, but Kinsler eventually made it to Arlington in 2006, finishing seventh in American League Rookie of the Year balloting.

Kinsler has since been among the game's top second basemen year in and year out, a four-time All-Star -- including this season, his first in Detroit after an offseason blockbuster trade involving Prince Fielder.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Tess. Four of Kinsler's high school teammates also made it to the Majors: Brian Anderson, Scott Hairston, Chris Duncan and Shelly Duncan.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.