As part of the Baseball Prospectus look at the prospects around all of MLB in their ‘Future Shock’ column they’ve published a look at the Tiger prospects. (A subscription is required and if you don’t have one it is worth it in my opinion.)
There are no real surprises and I published my own look at the Tigers farm system from a viewpoint of each infield position. The overall conclusion was that while the Tigers have some very strong top level prospects it gets weak very quickly. Most looks at the prospects this off season have come to similar conclusions. There were a few points of note:
- Ed Campusano, who the Tigers picked up in the Rule 5 draft, rounds out the list at number 10. They took this as an indication of weakness in depth and while that might be so I’ll look at it more as a good acquire.
- Both Maybin and Miller are ranked ahead of Joel Zumaya in the list of prospects 25 or younger.
- Top 5 prospects have 3 pitchers (2 rhp, 1 lhp) and 2 center fielders.
This was followed up with an Unfiltered post where they polled a number of folks to rank the top 5 prospects. (No subscription required on this one.)
Cool Maybin stat I didn’t know from their ‘The Irrelevant’ section:
In 11 at-bats with the bases loaded, Maybin had three singles, a double, two grand slams and 16 RBI.
In Leyland’s Inteview yesterday on 1130 WDFN he mentioned that Miller would be starting in Lakeland but left open the possibility to bring him up saying it is up to Miller. I’d expect pretty much a repeat of last year with some performances in September unless there are major issues with the rotation and Miller is blowing people away.
Also, on a side note, the new Lakeland name change to the ‘Flying Tigers’ and logo is awful, absolutely awful. Does anyone like this?