Detroit Tigers 2015 Top 15 Prospects: 1-5

Dave Dombrowski transformed the Detroit Tigers from a complete laughing-stock in the late 90’s and early 2000’s into perennial World Series contenders. Drafting in the high twenties, signing the premier free-agents and trading your top prospects every year has taken its toll on the farm system, which is why the Tigers system ranks 29th in major league baseball.
Despite the poor ranking of the farm system the Tigers saw Nick Castellanos, Robbie Ray, and Eugenio Suarez, two of the systems top prospects graduate to the Major Leagues in 2014. Which Tigers top prospects will the opportunity to contribute in 2015?

Prospects 6-10 and 11-15 from the Detroit Tigers farm system have already been reviewed. It’s time to wrap up the Detroit Tiger 2015 Top 15 Prospect with a look at the systems Top 5 Prospects.

5

Kevin Ziomek

LHP, Michagin Whitecaps

Age: 22

B/T: Right/Left

H/W: 6’3″/200 lbs

Transaction: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers.

Kevin Ziomek’s 2014 Stats

YearLevWLERAGGSIPHRERHRBBSOWHIPH9BB9SO9
2014A1062.272323123.08945315531521.1546.53.911.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/17/2014.

Analysis: Ziomek has an average low-90’s fastball, an above-average mid to high 70’s slider, and decent 80’s change-up and curveball. This combination allowed Kevin to strikeout 29.8 K% of the batters he faced and he posted an impressive 2.98 FIP. Kevin’s 10 wins tied him for the Whitecaps team lead with a pair of top 5 prospects, but his 2.27 ERA was tops of the impressive three young starters. He also led the team in strikeouts and held opponents to an impressive .201 batting average.

2015 Prognosis: Lakeland with be Kevin’s starting point, but expect the Tigers to be aggressive with promoting him. After pitching 120+ innings in 2014, Kevin can expect to see his inning limit jump to around 150.

ETA: 2017

 

Age: 23

B/T: Right/Right

H/W: 6’5″/225 lbs

Transaction: Selected in the 4th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers.

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4

Austin Kubitza

RHP, Michagin Whitecaps

Age: 23

B/T: Right/Right

H/W: 6’5″/225 lbs

Transaction: Selected in the 4th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers.