Baseball Prospectus Takes A Look At Tiger Prospects

Lakeland Flying TigersAs 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?

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5 Responses to Baseball Prospectus Takes A Look At Tiger Prospects

  1. Kamp says:

    According to an article in Baseball America: “the Flying Tigers logo captures the organization’s unique military history. Tigertown USA, the organization’s spring training home, was formerly a World War II training site for U.S. and British troops.

    “Lakeland’s new logo, featuring a fang-baring Tiger with pilot’s wings, is only part of its new look. The team’s uniforms will feature a patch displaying a P-40 fighter plane and their road uniforms will change from traditional gray to military tan. Manager Kevin Bradshaw will wear a special cap recognizing him as “commander” and pitchers will add a star to their cap after each victory–much like World War II fighter pilots’ tradition of painting a symbol on their plane for each kill.

    It is a bit much but at least there is an understandable rationale.

  2. Kurt says:

    I don’t like the logo, per se, but I like the idea behind it. It was just a bit, well, minor league. Then again, it is the minor leagues. But I’m fine with the change.

  3. Lee Panas says:

    I was a little surprised to see Hernandez and Campusano ranked so high. I did not expect a rule 5 guy to make the top 10 but he has outstanding stats which is what BP is about. Hernandez is making every top 10 now but I had not seen him ranked as high as #3. He’s an interesting prospect.

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