Since the Detroit Tigers were swept in the ALDS in 2014, the club has one winning season and four draft picks inside the Top 5, including two overall No. 1s.
The club’s attempt to take steps toward winning — the signings of Eduardo Rodriguez and Javier Baez — were hindered by injuries (Rodriguez, Casey Mize, Spencer Turnbull, Austin Meadows) and stagnant development (Spencer Torkelson, Daz Cameron, Matt Manning), but even the ‘proven’ veterans didn’t hit a year ago.
This organization needs their kids (Torkelson, Riley Greene) to hit soon, and more impact from the farm could push the Tigers over the .500 threshold sooner than later.
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Flores owns a plus fastball to go with three projectable secondaries, and prototypical size (6-4/225), too.
If Keith hits enough for third base, that’s the easiest spot to place him on the field, but he has a shot to be an impact bat if he can hold down second base.
Jobe is very athletic and creates huge spin on his two breaking balls, including a slider that misses bats when he gets into favorable counts.
The younger brother of Rangers’ No. 2 prospect Josh Jung, Jace has his own hitting chops, including above-average raw power that may fit at third base if he can’t polish his second-base defense.
He’s a below-average runner, but everything else is above board, and we might be looking at 30-homer power.
Dingler’s bat is near-ready, and his defense isn’t far behind, suggesting a 2023 debut isn’t out of the question for the 2020 second-round pick.
A solid combo of hit and power leads Malloy to his shot to break into the majors in 2023 and serve in a platoon role.
Olson’s slider and changeup gives him a chance at two high-leverage pitches, but he’s just a half-grade command away from a solid No. 4 tag as a starter.
Graham offers plus power potential, but his ability to make consistent contact is in question entering his first full season in pro ball.
Santana has advanced zone judgment and discipline, but may be limited to fringe power, so if he can stick at short he has a shot at an everyday role.
Rankings, OFPs by Joe Doyle.
Player notes by Jason A. Churchill.
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