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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Detroit Tigers

Sigh. Time to tear up those Gino Tagliaferri RC’s…

1. Nick Castellanos, 3b/of
2. Avisail Garcia, of
3. Bruce Rondon, rhp
4. Jake Thompson, rhp
5. Austin Schotts, of
6. Danry Vasquez, of
7. Tyler Collins, of
8. Casey Crosby, lhp
9. Eugenio Suarez, ss/2b
10. Adam Wilk, lhp

While the Tigers haven’t finished higher than 23rd in Baseball America’s annual organization talent rankings since 2007, they have gotten some production out of their system. They’re tied with the Cubs with 12 players who have reached the majors from the 2008-12 drafts, most notably Alex Avila and Andy Dirks.

Detroit also has been able to trade minor leaguers for key additions to the major league roster during the last three seasons. The Tigers astutely picked up Jhonny Peralta (from the Indians for lefthander Giovanni Soto) in 2010, and Doug Fister (from the Mariners for big leaguers Charlie Furbush and Casper Wells, third baseman Francisco Martinez and righty Chance Ruffin) and Delmon Young (from the Twins for lefty Cole Nelson and righty Lester Oliveros) in 2011. Last season, they grabbed Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante from the Marlins for former No. 1 overall prospect Jacob Turner, catcher Rob Brantly, lefty Brian Flynn and a swap of competitive-balance lottery picks.

Repoz Posted: November 21, 2012 at 06:38 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4307324)

Our system is horrible, although it has been a lot more productive over the Dombrowski years than one might think, either in producing useful players or trade chips. A lot rides on Castellanos bouncing back in AA and Garcia developing more power. I like Jake Thompson, too.
   2. Tim D Posted: November 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4307577)
The system is very thin but they have traded most of their erstwhile top prospects for the likes of Fister, Sanchez and Infante while in the win now mode. Turner, Martinez, Ruffin and Brantly would all have been on this list. Dombrowski has shown a pretty good ability to unload uber prospects who don't turn out so hot for big league talent. (Humberto Sanchez for Sheffield, Maybin/Miller for Cabrera, etc) Even his biggest blunder, Jurrjens for a washed up Renteria, turned out to be a Jurrjens who flamed out after a year and a half. So they will likely re-load in the draft and trade their top chips as they get close. Castellanos could be very good but he is yet to show any power or plate discipline. Ditto A. Garcia. Rondon could be very good but his fastball is straight, he still walks a bunch of guys, his command is dicey, he has trouble repeating his delivery. Closer this year? Not. I like Schotts and Collins although both profile as 4th OF/bench guys. Think more Andy Dirks or Clete Thomas. The lower half of that list is mostly filler. Vasquez has raw talent but is light years away.

The win now mode continues and as much as DD professes otherwise I would not be surprised to see Castellanos, Garcia and/or Rondon gone by July for some combination of a SS, another SP and a monster bullpen arm. Or yet another OF who can mash.
   3. Derb Posted: November 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4307710)
I like Thompson, too, Walewander, but the guy I'm really going to be watching is Schotts. Joining pro ball at such a young age and being asked to switch positions (from SS to CF), I expected him to fall flat on his face. Instead, he puts up a .310/.360/.449 line with 16 SB's in only 49 games. He ended the season by playing two game in Lakeland; it'll be interesting if he gets assigned there this year. I think that's pretty aggressive for a 19 year old, but if he can do it and succeed, you'll be hearing a lot about this kid.
   4. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: November 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM (#4307851)

I'll be following Schotts as well. I bet he does start at Lakeland - the Tigers are aggressive to a fault with the kids, as Porcello, Turner, Daniel Fields, etc. can all attest.

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