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The Detroit Tigers find themselves with the 11th best pitching prospects in baseball. Kelsie Heneghan, of MiLB.com, breaks down the Tigers pitching prospects.
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.
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Prospect Niko Goodrum has been full of surprises for the Detroit Tigers this spring. As Katie Strang, of the Athletic writes
Every year, an unexpected player emerges among a crowded field. Sometimes it’s a prospect whose ascent to the big leagues is suddenly expedited by a strong camp. Other times, it’s a veteran journeyman who elbows his way into the mix as a result of an untimely injury. But without fail, each February or March yields a “spring training surprise.”
And if the first few weeks of Tigers camp are any indication, that spring training surprise is 26-year-old Niko Goodrum.
With how well Goodrum has been playing this spring, he just might make it onto the Tigers bench. In addition Gardenhire is certainly familiar with Goodrum from his time in Minnesota. His spring training stats are indicative of a breakout season in 2018. So, he’s certainly someone to keep an eye on for the rest of spring training.
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