Detroit Tigers 2015 Top 15 Prospects

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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 it’s toll on the farm system, which is why the Tigers system is ranked 29th in the league.

Despite the poor ranking of the farm system, the Tigers still saw Nick Castellanos, Robbie Ray, and Eugenio Suarez, two of the systems top prospects graduate to the Major Leagues in 2014. Which of the Detroit Tigers Top prospects will be given an opportunity to contribute in 2015?

Lakeland Flying Tigers. Connor Harrell. 15. player. 63. <p>Age: 23</p><p>B/T: Right/Right</p><p>H/W: 6’3″/215 lbs</p><p>Acquired: Selected in the 7th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers.</p>. OF

Connor Harrell 2014 Stats

YearLevGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
2014A+13148566131263146615337135.270.344.423.766

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Generated 12/14/2014.

Analysis: Harrell doesn’t have the flash that other prospects have but does everything well….not great. His athleticism serves him well in centre field and he is versatile enough to play all three outfield positions. Connor led the Flying Tigers in runs, ranked second in hits, stolen bases and RBI, and ranked third in doubles and home runs.

2015 Prognosis: The Erie SeaWolves will welcome Harrell with open arms, joining Jamie Johnson and Jason Krizan in the outfield. Connor will likely force Johnson to right-field. He will need to lower his 24.8 K% and increase 6.8 BB% if he wishes to move beyond Double-A in 2015.

ETA: 2016

63. <p>Age: 22</p><p>B/T: Right/Right</p><p>H/W: 6’1″/170 lbs</p><p>Acquired: Signed as an International Free-Agent by the Detroit Tigers out of Venezuela in 2008.</p>. SS. Erie SeaWolves. Dixon Machado. 14. player

Dixon Machado 2014 Stats

YearLevGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
2014AA-A+131451751293126401066370.286.375.404.779
2014A+4115930408118212334.252.348.333.681
2014AA902924589231532854036.305.391.442.832

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Analysis: Machado possess a unique blend of plate discipline (1.11 BB/K) and above average defence (4.29 RF/G). These two above average skills are what will get Machado to the majors, but it will be the development of his bat that will determine what role he will play in the major leagues. His offensive game turned a corner in his 90 GP at Double-A, where he earned player of the month in August.

2015 Prognosis: Detroit’s coaching staff will get a good look at Dixon during Spring Training since he’s been added to the 40-man roster. Machado batted at the bottom of the order, but if he continues to add muscle to his 6’1″ frame, he will make an ideal number two hitter.

ETA: 2017

<p>Age: 22</p><p>B/T: Right/Right</p><p>H/W: 6’6″/215 lbs</p><p>Acquired: Selected in the 3rd round of the 2014 Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers.</p>. C. West Michigan Whitecaps. Grayson Greiner. 13. player. 63

Grayson Greiner 2014 Stats

YearLevGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
2014A2690112950216001118.322.394.444.839

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Analysis: Grayson had surgery on his wrist to repair a broken hamate bone. He has a strong arm and despite his large frame, he is a very solid defender. He was very strong against LHP, hitting .407/.484/.444 in 27 AB. In a small sample size Grayson throw out 25% of would be base-runners and generated a 8.65 RF/G.

2015 Prognosis: As long as the rehab goes well, Grayson will start the season in Lakeland. Don’t expect huge offensive numbers from Grayson. It takes time to build up strength in surgically repaired wrists.

ETA: 2017

player. 63. <p>Age: 24</p><p>B/T: Right/Right</p><p>H/W: 6’1″/200 lbs</p><div class=. RP. Erie SeaWolves. Jose Valdez. 12

Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free-agent by the Detroit Tigers in 2009.

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Jose Valdez

RP, Erie SeaWolves

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Age: 24

B/T: Right/Right

H/W: 6’1″/200 lbs

Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free-agent by the Detroit Tigers in 2009.