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Detroit Tigers Top Prospects

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Detroit Tigers last made it to the playoffs in 2014. They blew chances to win World Series titles and the Tigers are currently rebuilding. Detroit has been better this season with a 43-60 record. They are 12.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central.

Detroit might trade a couple of players to bulk up the farm system before the trade deadline, including right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer, who was a highly regarded prospect in the New York Mets farm system a few years ago. Fulmer was acquired in part of the Yoenis Cespedes deal.

The Tigers are still a couple of years away from being relevant again. Detroit had the first overall pick in the MLB in 2018 and the first pick was right-handed pitcher Casey Mize from Auburn University. He has the potential to go through the minor leagues quickly.

Mize is 21 years old and his debut in the Tigers farm system and he hasn't made his debut yet. Mize's record was 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA. In 114.2 innings pitched, he only walked 16 batters and struck out 156. Mize throws in the low to mid 90's and he has an arsenal of breaking pitches.

Right-handed pitcher Franklin Perez is the top ranked prospect in the Detroit Tigers farm system. He was one of three prospects traded from the Houston Astros last season that sent right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros. Perez is only 20 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2019, but it might not be until 2020. Franklin Perez started the season on the disabled list with a lat strain. He suffered it in March. Perez didn't make his season debut until June 25 for the Tigers East in the GCL League. He only played in three games there and he then got called up to High-A to play for the Lakeland Flying Squirrels. His record in the minors this season is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA. In 17.1 innings pitched, Perez has given up 14 hits and 12 runs. He has walked eight batters and has struck out 13. Franklin Perez can throw a fastball in the mid to high 90's. He also has a very good change up and maybe Franklin could develop a curveball or a slider. He has the potential to be a top starter in the pitching rotation.

Right-handed pitcher Matt Manning is the second ranked prospect in the Tigers farm system. He is currently playing with the Lakeland Flying Squirrels in High-A. Manning isn't projected to reach the majors until 2020 and he is just 20 years old. His record so far this season is 5-3 with a 3.24 ERA. In 72.1 innings pitched, Matt Manning has given up 54 hits and 27 runs. Manning has walked 38 batters and has struck out 96. He has three solid pitches and Manning and Perez could be the top two starters in Detroit's rotation one day.

Right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo is the third ranked prospect in Detroit's farm system and he is escalating through Detroit's system rapidly. Faedo was the 18th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He is 22 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2019. Faedo is currently playing with the Erie Seawolves in Double-A. His record is 3-5 with a 3.38 ERA. In 88 innings pitched, Alex Faedo has given up 68 hits and 38 runs. He has walked 24 batters and has struck out 71. Faedo throws in the mid 90's and he has a nasty slider. His changeup is good too. Alex Faedo could be the third starter in the future with Perez and Manning.

Right-handed pitcher Beau Burrows is the fourth ranked prospect in their farm system. He was a first-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft (22nd overall). Burrows is 21 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. The Detroit Tigers took there time with him. Burrows could also be a part of a potentially stacked young pitching rotation in the future. He is currently playing with the Erie Seawolves in Double-A. His record is 7-7 with a 3.99 ERA. In 94.2 innings pitched, Beau Burrows has given up 77 hits and 46 runs. He has walked 39 batters and has struck out 84.

Outfielder Christian Stewart is the fifth ranked prospect in the Detroit Tigers farm system. He has power and will most likely be the future designated hitter in Detroit, but Stewart can also play the field. He was a first-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft (34th overall). Stewart is currently playing for the Toledo Mud Hens in Triple-A. He is not currently on Detroit's 40-man roster, but a potential September call up wouldn't be surprising. His batting average in the minors this season is .251 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI's. His on-base percentage is .335.

Catcher Jake Rogers is the sixth ranked prospect in the Tigers farm system. He was also another prospect that was a part of the Justin Verlander trade. Rogers is in line to be the future everyday catcher for the Detroit Tigers. He is 23 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. James McCann is the current catcher on the roster. He is 28 years old and good defensively, but Rogers has more upside. His batting average is .202 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI's, along six stolen bases. Jake Rogers's on-base percentage is .302. He also has the potential to be very good defensively behind the plate.

The eighth ranked prospect in Detroit's farm system is shortstop Isaac Paredes. Jose Iglesias is the current Tigers shortstop and he will be a free agent at the end of the season. They could trade him, but Detroit will probably hold on to him. Iglesias is amazing defensively. Paredes isn't as strong defensively, but his bat is what is going to make him a very good ball player. Isaac Paredes is projected to reach the majors in 2019. He is currently playing in Double-A with the Erie Seawolves. Paredes was just recently called up from High-A Lakeland Flying Squirrels. He played in 84 games with them and he has just played in five games with Erie so far. His batting average in the minors is .270 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI's, along with one stolen bases. Isaac Paredes's on-base percentage is .351. Jose Iglesias could be a very good mentor to Paredes, if Iglesias sticks around. Isaac Paredes is a future everyday player in the MLB.

The tenth ranked prospect in their farm system is outfielder Daz Cameron. He was the third prospect that was in part of the Justin Verlander deal. Cameron was the 37th overall pick by the Houston Astros in 2015. He is very fast and Cameron could be the future lead off hitter for the Tigers. Daz Cameron is the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron. Daz is currently playing with the Erie Seawolves in Double-A. He started the season in High-A with the Lakeland Flying Squirrels. Cameron is 21 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. He has a .277 batting average with eight home runs and 45 RBI's, along with 19 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .360.

For more information on the Detroit Tigers prospects, visit MLB.com and click on the players tab and search top prospects.

This article was originally published on @gk18