Nine Tigers Prospects To Watch Beyond The Top 30

The Tigers Top 30 prospects rankings are up now for Baseball America subscribers, with full scouting reports, BA grades and tools grade projections for all 30 players.

Through the process of narrowing the list down to a Top 30, there are other intriguing names who didn’t make the cut but are worth monitoring, with the potential to jump into the Top 30 in the future. Some of those are players who might be in the upper levels and could see big league time this year, though likely in a limited role, while others are lower-level players still in the complex leagues with more upside but plenty of risk.

Beyond the Top 30, these are 10 prospects to watch in Detroit’s farm system.

Brendan White, RHP. Originally a 26th-round pick in 2019, White’s 2.67 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with Double-A Erie in 2022 impressed the Tigers enough that the 23-year-old was added to the 40-man roster to ensure protection.

Elvis Alvarado, RHP. A MiLB Rule 5 draft acquisition in 2021, the outfielder turned relief arm is one of the few high-octane bullpen pieces remaining within the Tigers farm system. Alvarado could see Toledo by the end of the 2023 regular season, if not sooner.

Austin Bergner, RHP. Bergner has reached Triple-A, where he’ll likely serve as an on-call starting pitcher with four fringe-average to average pitches.

Angel De Jesus, RHP. De Jesus will battle for a spot in the Tigers bullpen with an average mid-90s fastball and an above-average slider.

Wilkel Hernandez, RHP. After missing the 2021 season due to Tommy John rehabilitation, Hernandez returned to action in 2022 with Low-A Lakeland. Hernandez’s 92-95 mph fastball still gives him some promise.

Jermaine Palacios, SS. A MiLB free agent signing, Palacios has gotten some playing time with the Twins as a backup infielder. He could serve in the same role in Detroit.

Keider Montero, RHP. Despite battling injuries over the last two seasons, Montero is still just 22 years old and could work his way back up into prospect consideration.

Mario Feliciano, C. Feliciano has played in a few big league games, but after a big 2019 season, his stock has declined as he’s struggled to stay healthy or control the running game, with his offensive numbers backing up in Triple-A. Claimed on waivers from the Brewers in December, Feliciano is still a 24-year-old with power and pitchers like throwing to him, so there could be an up-and-down role for him.

Julio Rodriguez, C. A longtime Cardinals minor leaguer who came to the Tigers as a minor league free agent, Rodriguez will likely spend 2023 on the Toledo roster, but there are worse options for an emergency catcher to call up.

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