The Detroit Tigers farm system is going to get a lot of attention over the next several years. MiLB.com has released its rankings of the farm systems for both positional players and for pitchers. The Tigers pitching fares better than the positional players do. Tigers positional players find themselves ranked 26th (out of 30).
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The Tigers have four prospects among MLB.com’s Top 100 — a strong showing — but they’re all pitchers. That’s not to say there aren’t position players to get excited about. Outfielder Daz Cameron and catcher Jake Rogers came aboard (along with No. 39 overall prospect Franklin Perez) in the Aug. 31 deal that sent Justin Verlander to Houston. It’s a compelling duo. The latter, son of former All-Star Mike Cameron, is as well-rounded as they come. He impressed in center field while collecting 51 extra-base hits and 32 steals last year. Rogers is a wonder behind the plate and has substantial pop at it. There’s also Christin Stewart — who’s hit 58 homers over his last 264 Minor League games — and Derek Hill — who makes Willie Mays-like plays in the outfield but was held back by quad issues in 2015 and a torn ulnar collateral ligament in 2016.
The Tigers are now a pitcher-heavy farm system as the pitchers have a significantly higher rating than the positional players. The pitchers in the Tigers farm system come in at 11th (out of 30).
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If there was any doubt, the Tigers are officially a pitcher-heavy system. Detroit’s top four prospects are all right-handed hurlers — they’re the club’s only entries in the Top-100 — and six of the system’s top eight prospects are pitchers. Franklin Perez came over in the Justin Verlander trade and has a shot at being the team’s next ace, reaching Double-A at the age of 19. The Tigers have been cautious with first-rounders Matt Manning (2016) and Alex Faedo (2017), but the pair should log plenty of innings this season. Rounding out the Top-100 quartet is 2015 first-rounder Beau Burrows, who excelled at Class A Advanced but found the adjustment to Double-A difficult, though it probably won’t be long before he figures out the level. His Florida State League teammates, Kyle Funkhouser and Gregory Soto, dominated with the Flying Tigers. With all those arms, fans in Motown should be able to dust off their highest hopes.