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  1. 1. Jackson Jobe | RHP
    Jackson Jobe
    Born: Jul 30, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Steve Taylor.
    Minors: 4-5 | 3.84 ERA | 81 SO | 30 BB | 78 IP

    Track Record: The son of professional golfer Brandt Jobe, Jackson carried Heritage Hall High to the Oklahoma 4A state championship as its star shortstop and top pitcher in 2021. His two-way exploits and pro promise helped him earn the BA High School Player of the Year award that season. Despite his natural ability as a position player, Jobe's top billing as the best high school pitcher in his class led the Tigers to select him third overall as a righthander. Detroit signed him for $6.9 million, about 96% of the slot value of $7.2 million. Jobe did not pitch after signing and made his pro debut with 18 starts for Low-A Lakeland in 2022. The Tigers promoted him to High-A West Michigan on Aug. 27, and in his final six starts of the season for Lakeland and West Michigan he recorded a 1.91 ERA while striking out 25, walking nine and allowing a .185 opponent average in 28.1 innings.

    Scouting Report: Jobe stands at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with a projectable, athletic frame and is expected to add a good deal of strength as his body continues to fill out. His most highly developed offering is a plus-plus, low-80s slider that combines depth and impressive spin, regularly surpassing 3,000 rpm. Despite his slider's tremendous horizontal break, Jobe has shown an ability to locate the pitch--though some scouts believed the consistency of his command could improve. His four-seam fastball averaged 94 mph in 2022 and has been up to 97, with around 17 inches of induced vertical break, though his results with the pitch weren't great and some scouts thought the pitch had just average life. Jobe's mid-80s changeup is a potential plus pitch that generated whiffs at a 42% rate, with impressive drop and solid feel. He also infrequently throws an upper-70s curveball that is less impressive than his slider, but gives him four legitimate pitches to round out his arsenal. Working off the natural downhill plane from his lanky frame, Jobe's natural athleticism and a mix of clean mechanics and easy velocity give him above-average future control grades.

    The Future: Over time, the Tigers have worked to perfect their ability to individualize a player's development track, as opposed to simply fast-tracking him through the pipeline. While Jobe's arsenal and mature understanding of his craft could help him rise faster than most high school pitchers, don't be surprised if the Tigers take their time with him to ensure both health and proper physical development. After beginning his professional career in 2022, Jobe spent just three outings in the High-A Midwest League to end the regular season, so a return to the Whitecaps to start the 2023 season is likely.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 70. Changeup: 60. Control: 55.

  2. 2. Jace Jung | 2B
    Jace Jung
    Born: Oct 4, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .231/.373/.333 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 108 AB

    Track Record: Being a first-round pick is in the Jung family's bloodlines. Older brother Josh starred at Texas Tech and was drafted eighth overall in 2019 by the Rangers. Jace put together a strong spring campaign for the Red Raiders in 2022, leading the Tigers to draft him 12th overall and sign him for slot value of $4.59 million. The sturdy 6-foot, 205-pound lefthanded batter stood out among collegians for his hitting ability and strike-zone judgment. In 2022, he hit .335 with a .481 on-base percentage while ranking fifth in Division I with 59 walks. Jung made his pro debut with High-A West Michigan and continued to showcase his on-base skills.

    Scouting Report: Jung brings an old school approach to the plate in terms of hitting the ball where it's pitched, and has displayed power to all fields. He has an unorthodox setup at the plate, with his barrel dumped back toward the catcher, but the odd positioning has never been an issue. He consistently produced average, on-base ability and power in the Big 12 Conference. Jung has a chance for plus hitting ability and plus in-game power potential, but even if he doesn't reach those gaudy marks, his strong understanding of the strike zone should allow him to get on base consistently. He walked more frequently (20%) than he struck out (16%) in his college career and continued to show a good eye in his pro debut, with 25 walks and 28 strikeouts. Jung will need to hit because he's limited as a defender. He has below-average speed and range but adequate hands and arm strength to make routine plays.

    The Future: With Jung's combination of high baseball IQ, plate discipline and hitting ability, Jung is expected to be a fast mover. After a successful campaign with West Michigan, Jung could get tested with an aggressive assignment to Double-A Erie in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50

  3. 3. Wilmer Flores | RHP
    Wilmer Flores
    Born: Feb 20, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Joey Lothrop
    Minors: 7-4 | 2.79 ERA | 130 SO | 23 BB | 104 IP

    Track Record: The younger brother of Giants infielder Wilmer Flores, the righthander of the same name signed as a nondrafted free agent in 2020 out of Arizona Western JC. Flores threw just 11.2 inning in his lone junior college season, and he ended up at Arizona Western because he enrolled there while visiting his brother in the U.S. from Venezuela. Flores began his professional career with four appearances in the Florida Complex League in 2021 before receiving a promotion to Low-A Lakeland. He represented Detroit in the Arizona Fall League, and the extended time on the mound prepared Flores for a strong campaign in 2022. Between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie, Flores posted a 2.79 ERA over 103.1 innings with 130 strikeouts and 23 walks.

    Scouting Report: Flores worked with a three-pitch mix in 2022, primarily throwing his four-seam fastball and mid-to-upper-80s cutter. His fastball sat in the 92-94 mph range and touched 99 with sinking life. He showed excellent feel to land the pitch and threw it for a strike 70% of the time. His go-to secondary was his cutter, which averaged around 9 mph slower than his fastball and was a slightly better whiff pitch and chase offering compared to his fastball. Scouts like Flores' curveball, which is an upper-70s to lower-80s breaking ball with 11-to-5 movement, solid two-plane break and depth. His curve shows spin rates in the 2,500-2,600 rpm range. Flores throws the pitch for strikes less frequently than his fastball or cutter, but it was also his best swing-and-miss offering in 2022, with a 41% whiff rate.

    The Future: Two years after signing as a nondrafted free agent in the truncated five-round 2020 draft, Flores is looking like a steal, with considerably higher upside now and a path to a solid back-end starter role with plus control.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Cutter: 50. Control: 60

  4. 4. Ty Madden | RHP
    Ty Madden
    Born: Feb 21, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: George Schaefer.
    Minors: 8-6 | 3.01 ERA | 133 SO | 38 BB | 123 IP

    Track Record: Madden spent three years in the Texas rotation and won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year honors in 2021. Expected to be one of the top pitchers drafted that year, he instead slid to the supplemental first round, where the Tigers scooped him up with the 32nd overall pick and signed him for an above-slot $2.5 million. The Tigers opted not to send him to an affiliate after he pitched 113.2 innings for the Longhorns in the spring. Madden made his pro debut in 2022 and excelled after tweaking his mechanics. In 122.2 innings between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie, Madden posted a 3.01 ERA and struck out 133 batters.

    Scouting Report: As an amateur, Madden received criticism for his fastball shape that prevented the pitch from playing well up in the zone. In the offseason, Madden reworked his delivery to adopt a lower arm slot and release point--going from over the top to more of a three-quarters delivery. The change has helped Madden improve the spin efficiency and movement of his fastball. Now he is throwing the pitch with similar power--he sits 93-94 mph and touches 99--but with nearly 18 inches of induced vertical break. Using the pitch to attack at the top of the strike zone is now more of an option. The slider remains Madden's go-to swing-and-miss offering and generated a 45% whiff rate with mid-80s velocity, 2,400-2,500 rpm spin and occasional biting two-plane break down and away from righthanded hitters. Madden is still developing feel for his mid-to-upper-80s changeup that he needs to throw for strikes more frequently. He will also mix in a curveball with more top-down shape, and a newer cutter in the high 80s.

    The Future: Madden made impressive adjustments in his first year in pro ball, and the results speak for themselves. He has No. 3 or 4 starter upside.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Cutter: 50. Control: 55

  5. 5. Colt Keith | 3B
    Colt Keith
    Born: Aug 14, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Biloxi, Miss., 2020 (5th round).
    Signed By: Mike Smith.
    Minors: .301/.370/.544 | 9 HR | 4 SB | 193 AB

    Track Record: The Tigers drafted Keith in the fifth round in 2020 and signed him for a slightly above-slot $500,000. The pandemic delayed his pro debut until 2021, when he slashed .286/.396/.393 at three levels and reached High-A West Michigan. Keith returned to the Midwest League in 2022 and showed newfound power by slugging .544 in 48 games. His season was cut short after sustaining an injury to his shoulder during a pickoff attempt. After completing a successful rehab, Keith headed to the Arizona Fall League in preparation for the upper levels of the minor leagues in 2023. He ranked fifth in the AFL with a .463 on-base percentage and seventh with a 1.004 OPS.

    Scouting Report: Keith was a legitimate two-way prospect in high school as both a shortstop and righthanded pitcher. He showed impressive bat-to-ball skills amid a challenging assignment in 2022. After hitting just two home runs in 2021, Keith showcased a significant increase in his raw power in 2022 and finished with nine home runs despite not playing after June 9. Much of Keith's development hinges on both his health and the continued maturation of his approach, while also tapping into his power more consistently as his frame fills out. Detroit likes Keith's profile at third base--but he has steadily gotten bigger and stronger and is now closer to 230 pounds than his listed 211 pounds. He shows a plus arm while continuing to develop feel for the position. Keith is a fringe-average runner.

    The Future: Featuring the upside of an everyday big leaguer, Keith will be battling against 2022 draftee Peyton Graham if he hopes to hold the hot corner. Even if he moves off third base, Keith's natural athleticism and hitting upside should buy him a spot in Detroit's future lineup.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60

  6. 6. Peyton Graham | SS
    Peyton Graham
    Born: Jan 26, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .270/.345/.370 | 1 HR | 7 SB | 100 AB

    Track Record: A lanky righthanded hitter with a long track record of hitting at a high level with Oklahoma, Graham showed improved in-game power in 2022 and hit a career-high 20 home runs while slashing .335/.417/.640. The Tigers liked what they saw and signed Graham for $1.8 million in the second round. He hit .270/.345/.370 in 27 games for Low-A Lakeland in his pro debut and went 7-for-8 in stolen base attempts.

    Scouting Report: Graham is an ultra-lean infielder listed at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, and perhaps the biggest question he faces in pro ball is how his 20-homer season translates. His average exit velocities were modest in his 2022 pro debut, but his top-end numbers were encouraging. Graham has shown an ability to drive the ball to his pull side with bat speed and leverage. There are some swing-and-miss tendencies with Graham, and he'll expand the zone more often than he should, with a leg kick and long levers that could be detrimental to his pure bat-to-ball ability. He struck out at a near 26% rate in Low-A, where he was age-appropriate. Graham transitioned from third base to shortstop in college and played all over the infield in his pro debut. He has solid athleticism, a good first step and above-average arm strength that could allow him to stick at shortstop, depending on how his body develops. Graham is an above-average runner with excellent baserunning instincts. He stole 34 bags in 36 tries with Oklahoma during the spring.

    The Future: If Graham can improve his swing decisions and cut down his swing-and-miss, he provides a well-rounded tool set with interesting defensive versatility. Whether he adds more strength and power could play a key role in his ultimate upside.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55 BA Grade: 50

  7. 7. Dillon Dingler | C
    Dillon Dingler
    Born: Sep 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Ohio State, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Austin Cousino.
    Minors: .238/.333/.419 | 14 HR | 1 SB | 387 AB

    Track Record: Dingler was viewed as arguably the best defensive catcher in the 2020 draft, and the Tigers took him in the second round and signed him for slightly over slot value at $1,952,300. Dingler reported to the Tigers' alternate training site shortly after and made his professional debut in 2021. His success with High-A West Michigan--he slashed .287/.376/.549--led to a promotion to Double-A Erie before he suffered a fractured finger. A return to Erie in 2022 presented Dingler the opportunity to represent the Tigers in the Futures Game. After the season he headed to the Arizona Fall League, but knee soreness forced the Tigers to shut him down for the year after just four games.

    Scouting Report: Dingler features a physical, well-proportioned frame, with advanced athleticism on both sides of the ball. Boasting plus speed, he has cat-like reflexes behind the plate. Despite still learning the nuances of his defensive position, Dingler has shown consistent improvement in both receiving and framing. His nearly plus-plus arm holds opposing running games to in check. With his defense-first profile, Dingler has worked to polish his offensive feel and get more consistent with tapping into his raw power on contact. There is a still a great deal of swing-and-miss to the tune of nearly a 30% strikeout rate over the last two seasons. Dingler projects as a well below-average hitter--his career minor league batting average is .238--but with average power.

    The Future: With a mostly healthy 2022 in the rear-view, the 2023 season is going to be key in Dingler's work to prove potential longevity. He should begin the year with Triple-A Toledo. His health will decide how quickly he'll see his MLB debut.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 30. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 65

  8. 8. Kerry Carpenter | OF
    Kerry Carpenter
    Born: Sep 2, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .313/.380/.645 | 30 HR | 3 SB | 358 AB

    Track Record: Carpenter starred at Eustis (Fla.) High and then for two years at St. John's River (Fla.) JC before transferring to Virginia Tech for one season in 2019. Drafted in the 19th round that year, he signed for $125,000 and spent his pro debut primarily in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Carpenter made the jump to Double-A Erie in 2021 after riding out the pandemic year in 2020. He returned to Erie in 2022 and set about climbing to Triple-A Toledo and then to Detroit on Aug. 10. Carpenter popped 30 home runs on the farm and led the minor leagues with a .645 slugging percentage. He placed fourth with a 1.025 OPS. In his time in Detroit, the lefthanded hitter put up an .851 OPS versus righthanders and was hitting in the middle of the order in September.

    Scouting Report: Carpenter is a sturdy 6-foot-2, 220 pounds and has a solid core and a lean lower half. His most noticeable achievement has been his ability to tap into plus raw power, the same power that had him leading the minors in home runs at the halfway point of the 2022 season. He has strong hands and good loft in his swing, but he is prone to chasing outside the zone. That contributed to his strikeout rate spiking to 28% in the big leagues and will be something to keep an eye on. With a clear bat-first profile, Carpenter is viewed as a below-average left fielder with fringe-average speed. His athleticism and instincts could benefit him as long as he can keep hitting.

    The Future: Once viewed as an organization player, Carpenter raised that evaluation to be a potential second-division strong-side platoon bat. He has nothing left to prove in the minors and is ready to take his swings against righthanders for a Tigers team that finished last in MLB in home runs in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45

  9. 9. Ryan Kreidler | SS
    Ryan Kreidler
    Born: Nov 12, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 208
    Signed By: Tim McWilliam.
    Minors: .214/.356/.409 | 8 HR | 17 SB | 215 AB

    Track Record: The son of sportswriter and author Mark Kreidler, Ryan is a defensive standout who was drafted by the Tigers in the fourth round in 2019 and signed at slot value for $517,400. Kreidler spent 60 games with short-season Connecticut in 2019 before spending 2020 at the Tigers' alternate training site. He emerged as a vastly improved hitter in 2021. After hitting 15 home runs with Double-A Erie, Kreidler was promoted to Triple-A Toledo and continued to shine to end the regular season. Kreidler overcame a broken hand that put a damper on his 2022 campaign, with the Tigers rewarding him with his first callup in September 2022. Kreidler's offensive production hit a snag in 26 games in Detroit.

    Scouting Report: Standing at 6-foot-4, 208 pounds, Kreidler features a sturdy, daunting presence with eye-catching athleticism for his lanky build. Boasting excellent instincts and a quick first step, Kreidler has a natural ability to anticipate balls off the bat at shortstop and complements that feel with his plus arm strength and clean hands. Despite having a glove-first profile, Kreidler has worked very hard to bring more of a balance to his offensive skill set, with the fruits of his labor taking center stage in 2021. There is still a noticeable amount of swing-and-miss, as evidenced by his 25% or higher strikeout rate between Triple-A Toledo and Detroit. Moving extremely well for his size with average speed, Kreidler poses a threat on the basepaths.

    The Future: Kreidler flashed natural feel on both sides of the ball in his MLB debut. To make his case as a starter, he will need to boost his offensive output.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 40. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60 BA Grade: 45

  10. 10. Reese Olson | RHP
    Reese Olson
    Born: Jul 31, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Steve Smith (Brewers)
    Minors: 8-6 | 4.14 ERA | 168 SO | 38 BB | 120 IP

    Track Record: Olson was originally drafted as the Brewers' 13th-round pick in 2018 before being traded to the Tigers at the 2021 trade deadline for lefthander Daniel Norris. Prior to making the move to Detroit, Olson booked 14 starts with High-A Wisconsin, where he posted 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings over 69 frames. Following the Tigers' acquisition of Olson, they assigned him to High-A West Michigan, where he received a promotion to Double-A Erie after just 11 innings. The Tigers returned Olson to Erie in 2022, where he spent the entire season. He completed his Double-A campaign with 168 strikeouts--good for ninth-most in the minor leagues--over 119.2 innings with 2.9 walks per nine innings.

    Scouting Report: Olson features a four-pitch mix that grades above-average to plus, with added room for development across the board. There is some concern surrounding Olson's history of inconsistent command, but the improvement he showed in 2022 led to optimism for his development track. Olson leads his arsenal with an above-average changeup with fade, one of two very strong secondary offerings with an ability to produce weak groundball contact and plenty of swing-and-miss. Next up is a sweeping low-80s slider that Olson shows the most confidence in because of its proven ability against righthanded hitters. His go-to offering against lefthanded hitters is a high-70s curveball. Olson is still developing deception with his mid-90s fastball, a pitch that could tick up as he fills out.

    The Future: After Olson showcased his arsenal in 2022, there remains some debate as to whether he will stick in a rotation or face a move to the bullpen. But the proven quality of his pitch mix has established the righthander as a future multi-inning reliever at the very least.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 45. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 45

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