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  1. 1. Spencer Torkelson | 3B/1B
    Spencer Torkelson
    Born: Aug 26, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona State, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Joey Lothrop.
    Minors: .263/.379/.536 | 26 HR | 4 SB | 388 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 80. Running: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Torkelson was a jack-of-all trades at Casa Grande High in Petaluma, Calif., playing football and basketball in addition to baseball and spending time as both a pitcher and position player on the diamond. He was on the fringe of draft radars but went undrafted out of high school. As a freshman at Arizona State, Torkelson led the nation with 25 home runs and smashed Barry Bonds' school freshman home run record. He followed up by batting .351/.446/.707 with 23 home runs as a sophomore and entered his junior season on the verge of breaking the Sun Devils' career home run record and entering the national top 10. Torkelson drew 31 walks in 17 games in 2020 as opponents gave him the Bonds treatment and simply pitched around him, but he still managed to hit six home runs in limited action before the season was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Tigers decided he was their pick early in the process and wasted no time selecting him No. 1 overall, signing him for a draft record $8.146 million bonus. The only surprise was that they announced Torkelson as a third baseman.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Torkelson's power is enormous, but he's far from an all-or-nothing slugger. A strong, physical righthanded hitter, Torkelson has plus bat speed and manages the strike zone with ease. His advanced barrel control and hand-eye coordination are complemented by exceptional timing. He hits all types of pitches, draws walks and makes balls disappear with his 80-grade power. In short, he projects to be an offensive force in the middle of a lineup. Torkelson has occasionally struggled against low breaking balls, but scouts don't cite it as common enough to be labeled as a red flag. Even with that minor concern, evaluators project Torkelson to hit .280 with 40-plus homers on the high end and .260 with 30-plus home runs on the low end. Torkelson is a good athlete for his size, but despite being drafted as a third baseman, his long-term position is likely first base. He is an above-average defender there with an average arm, solid athleticism and footwork and fringe-average speed. Some evaluators believe he could play left field if necessary, though it would take time for him to learn the position.

    THE FUTURE: Torkelson joined the team at the alternate training site after signing and continued play during instructional league in Lakeland, Fla. Once regular-season play resumes, expect the Tigers to challenge Torkelson with an aggressive path to the big leagues. He draws frequent comparisons with Paul Konerko as a potential all-star and face of the franchise.

  2. 2. Riley Greene | OF
    Riley Greene
    Born: Sep 28, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Oviedo, Fla., 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: R.J. Burgess.
    Minors: .295/.380/.526 | 22 HR | 15 SB | 437 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Running: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: A few teams considered Greene the best high school player in the 2019 draft class, ahead of the more touted Bobby Witt Jr., and the Tigers locked onto him early before taking him with the fifth overall pick. Greene made good on those predictions by shooting up to low Class A in his draft year, a rare rise for a high school prospect. He continued with an impressive cameo during big league spring training before camps were shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and spent the summer at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Greene is a supremely talented hitter with a unique mix of skill and maturity. He does immense damage with a fluid, powerful stroke from the left side, but he also manages the strike zone with impressive patience and possesses sound control of the barrel. He's a consensus plus hitter and, with his frame still developing, scouts believe Greene should develop 20-plus home run power as he matures physically. While there was some discussion of Greene remaining in center field, his average speed makes him a better fit in right field, where his average arm strength will play.

    THE FUTURE: Greene has the offensive potential to join Spencer Torkelson as a cornerstone of the Tigers' lineup for years to come. In 2021, he'll get a second chance at a first full season.

  3. 3. Matt Manning | RHP
    Matt Manning
    Born: Jan 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Sacramento, 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Scott Cerny.
    Minors: 1-3 | 8.07 ERA | 36 SO | 10 BB | 33 IP

    Fastball: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 60. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: The son of former NBA power forward Rich Manning, Matt was committed to St. Mary's to play both basketball and baseball but instead signed with the Tigers as the ninth overall pick in 2016. After overcoming some developmental growing pains during his first full season, Manning ascended three levels the following year and won Eastern League pitcher of the year in 2019 at Double-A Erie. He began 2020 at the alternate training site but was shut down in late August with a right forearm strain. He was back throwing and working out at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Manning possesses a natural, athletic fluidity to his 6-foot-6 frame and generates excellent extension on his pitches. His fastball sits 92-95 mph and touches 98. His plus curveball features sharp, downward action that plays well off his heater. Manning's changeup flashes above-average with sinking action, but it still needs further improvement. Manning has worked incessantly to refine his delivery and repeat his arm slot. His tempo, athleticism and penchant for attacking the strike zone give him potential above-average control.

    THE FUTURE: Manning still has to polish his changeup and overall delivery. Once he does, he'll be closer to fulfilling his frontline starter potential.

  4. 4. Jackson Jobe | RHP
    Jackson Jobe
    Born: Jul 30, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190

    While some expected Detroit to go with a position player in the 2021 draft, the Tigers opted instead for Jobe, the clear-cut top high school pitcher in the class. Jobe operates with a four-pitch arsenal that includes a plus fastball and an above-average changeup. But it's the slider that's the jewel in many scouts' eyes—a potentially 70-grade pitch already with impressive spin rates. Scouts are even optimistic Jobe's high-70s curveball, which is just slightly above-average, could continue to progress thanks to its developing shape and his continued physical maturation.

  5. 5. 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: .242/.315/.416 | 12 HR | 1 SB | 310 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 65.

    TRACK RECORD: Dingler split his time between catcher and center field his freshman year at Ohio State before moving catcher as a sophomore. He impressed with his athleticism and natural catch-and-throw skills behind the plate and became a top draft prospect as a junior. Dingler tied for the Big Ten Conference lead with five home runs in 13 games before the season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tigers drafted him in the second round and signed him for $1,952,300.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Dingler has a strong, durable frame to handle the grind of catching and is more athletic than most catchers his size. He's a natural leader who was a Buckeye steam captain and his receiving and framing are continuously improving. Dingler threw out 50 percent of runners in college with his nearly plus-plus arm strength and shuts down running games. Dingler is less prolific offensively, but he controls the strike zone and knows how to work a count. His power surge occurred after he recovered from a broken hamate bone, but scouts mostly regard him as an ambush hitter.

    THE FUTURE: Dingler needs to continue to refine his receiving and develop as a hitter but is the favorite to become the Tigers' catcher of the future.

  6. 6. Gage Workman | SS
    Gage Workman
    Born: Oct 24, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona State, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Joey Lothrop.
    Minors: .246/.327/.433 | 11 HR | 31 SB | 439 AB

    Labeled as “sneaky-good” by one National League scout, Workman, much like Dingler, is known for his dedicated work ethic. Workman shared an infield with Spencer Torkelson in college and was thought of as a solid, athletic defender with a chance to stick at shortstop but more likely to settle in at third base. So far, Workman has stuck at shortstop and impressed the Tigers defensively. Workman has raw power but his hit tool hasn't quite caught up yet, although the Tigers believe he made some strides at Low-A Lakeland prior to a promotion.

  7. 7. Ty Madden | RHP
    Ty Madden
    Born: Feb 21, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215

    The Tigers doubled down on pitching for their first two selections of the 2021 draft, taking Madden after he fell to No. 32. With that selection, Detroit had collected two of the top 12 players available in the draft, per Baseball America's rankings. Madden's fastball sits comfortably at 94-96 mph, and the 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander also works with a potentially plus slider and above-average curveball and changeup. Concerns about Madden's pitch data set off a brief slide down the board.

  8. 8. Izaac Pacheco | IF
    Izaac Pacheco
    Born: Nov 18, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 225
    Minors: .214/.331/.291 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 103 AB

    The Tigers made the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Pacheco their third-round selection this year, enticed by the plus-plus raw power in his lefty bat. That impressive power came with an ample amount of swing and miss on the showcase circuit last summer, but Pacheco alleviated some of those concerns following a consistent senior season at Friendswood (Texas) High. Pacheco played shortstop in high school and works with above-average defensive tools, including a plus arm. He's likely to transition to third base as a professional, where his filled-out frame is likely better suited and he has above-average potential.

  9. 9. Joey Wentz | LHP
    Joey Wentz
    Born: Oct 6, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Prairie Village, Kan., 2016 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Nate Dion (Braves).
    Minors: 0-7 | 4.50 ERA | 82 SO | 41 BB | 72 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Wentz was selected 40th overall by the Braves in 2016 and won South Atlantic League pitcher of the year in his first full season. He missed much of the 2018 season with an oblique injury and was traded to the Tigers in 2019 as part of the deal for Shane Greene. Instead of making his Tigers debut in 2020 as planned, Wentz had Tommy John surgery in March.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wentz leads his three-pitch mix with a fastball that sits comfortably at 91-93 mph with late life. While his fastball doesn't have the same velocity as the other top arms, its action through the zone is enough to generate plenty of swings and misses. Wentz complements his heater with a mid-tohigh-70s curveball with late break, making it difficult for opposing hitters to identify early. Wentz's mid 80s changeup is his strongest secondary offering and projects as an above-average pitch. Wentz projects to make a living off of his deception rather than overwhelming velocity.

    THE FUTURE: Wentz still has more rehab time ahead of him. His pitch mix and durable frame allow him to project as a back-end starter.

  10. 10. Roberto Campos | OF
    Roberto Campos
    Born: Jun 14, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2019.
    Signed By: Aldo Perez/Oliver Arias.
    Minors: .228/.316/.441 | 8 HR | 3 SB | 136 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Campos grabbed enough attention during the 2019 international signing period to land a $2.85 million from the Tigers, the largest bonus for any Cuban player in the class. His expected pro debut in 2020 was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, and he did not participate in instructional league either.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A solid 6-foot-3, 200 pounds already at 17 years old, Campos has plus-plus raw power and shows the instinct to hit to all fields. He controls the strike zone well for his age and has an advanced approach. With Campos' body still developing, the Tigers are optimistic he will be an impact hitter. His defensive projections are more uncertain. He is still learning to play the outfield and shows the average speed and plus arm strength that will fit in right field, but he is still raw and needs reps.

    THE FUTURE: Campos' hitting ability gives him a solid foundation. He has many years of development ahead, but the Tigers hope he can develop into an everyday right fielder.

  11. 11. Daz Cameron | OF
    Daz Cameron
    Born: Jan 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--McDonough, Ga., 2015 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Gavin Dickey (Astros).
    Minors: .282/.356/.476 | 6 HR | 8 SB | 170 AB

    Hitting: 40. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: The son of former all-star center fielder Mike Cameron, Daz was one of three prospects the Tigers acquired from the Astros in the Justin Verlander trade. Cameron has struggled to hit aside from a brief stint at Double-A Erie in 2018, but he still spent all of 2019 at Triple-A and made his major league debut in 2020, where he hit .193 in 17 games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: It's easy to catch a glimpse of Cameron's defensive bloodlines watching him play the outfield. His pure speed and arm strength are average, but he has an advanced feel for the game that helps everything play up. He's a capable defender in center field and can play both corners without issue. Cameron is not a natural hitter and struggles to make consistent contact. He knows the strike zone, but he swings through hittable pitches in the zone and struggles with pitch recognition at times. Cameron's offensive value is dependent on him tapping into his natural power and making impact on contact, because he doesn't make contact very often.

    THE FUTURE: Cameron's defensive ability will keep him on the major league roster while he tries to figure out his offensive game. His father was a late bloomer offensively, so the hope is Daz will be, too.

  12. 12. Ryan Kreidler | IF
    Ryan Kreidler
    Born: Nov 12, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 208
    Minors: .272/.346/.457 | 20 HR | 13 SB | 438 AB

    Kreidler's development has been a bit of a slow burn since the Tigers selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, but his performance this year for Double-A Erie could jump-start his progress. Kreidler's tools won't jump out initially but scouts who have gotten extended looks at Kreidler come away impressed with the hit tool. His power production has jumped this year but so has his strikeout rate (32.6%).

  13. 13. Bryant Packard | OF
    Bryant Packard
    Born: Oct 6, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: East Carolina, 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Taylor Black.
    Minors: .222/.310/.369 | 6 HR | 5 SB | 198 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Packard won American Athletic Conference player of the year as a sophomore at East Carolina. He was hampered by back discomfort and a wrist injury as a junior, but the Tigers still drafted him in the fifth round and signed him for $386,600. Packard immediately hit upon signing and climbed three levels up to high Class A Lakeland in his pro debut. His only 2020 action came in instructional league due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Packard shows good hitter's instincts and possesses a natural ability to drive the ball. He controls the strike zone and has fluid barrel control, allowing him to pick out hittable pitches and square them up consistently. Packard isn't much of a runner, but his plus raw power allows him to rack up extra-base hits. Defensively, Packard is simply adequate in a corner with well below-average speed and a well below-average arm. Scouts wonder if he'll have to move to first base.

    THE FUTURE: Packard is going to have to mash in order to make up for his defensive shortcomings, but he may have the bat to do it. He should see the upper minors at some point in 2021.

  14. 14. Daniel Cabrera | OF
    Daniel Cabrera
    Born: Sep 5, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 196
    Drafted/Signed: Louisiana State, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Mike Smith.
    Minors: .233/.286/.388 | 12 HR | 8 SB | 438 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Cabrera was a top draft prospect in high school but fell to the 26th round due to his strong commitment to Louisiana State. He hit .305 with 22 home runs and 116 RBIs in a decorated three-year career at LSU and was drafted by the Tigers with the 62nd overall pick in 2020. Cabrera signed for $1.21 million and made his organizational debut during instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cabrera's calling card is his bat. He possesses a fluid, simple stroke from the left side, complemented by good hand-eye coordination and bat speed. He shoots line drives to all fields and is an extremely consistent hitter who avoids prolonged slumps. Cabrera's power is more of a question mark. Some believe he'll be able to tap into his above-average raw power with his natural ability to find the barrel, while others question whether he will be able to get to it against better pitching. Originally a left fielder, Cabrera transitioned to right field and has the above-average arm strength and athleticism to stick there. He is an average runner.

    THE FUTURE: Cabrera has a chance to move quickly as an advanced college hitter. He'll go as far as his bat takes him and has a chance to develop into a solid, everyday outfielder if his power comes.

  15. 15. Parker Meadows | OF
    Parker Meadows
    Born: Nov 2, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Loganville, Ga., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Bryson Barber.
    Minors: .207/.292/.317 | 7 HR | 9 SB | 353 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of Rays outfielder Austin Meadows, Parker was drafted in the second round by the Tigers in 2018 and signed for an above-slot $2.5 million to forgo a Clemson commitment. After slashing .290/.377/.473 in his pro debut, Meadows struggled in 2019 at low Class A West Michigan as one of the Midwest League's youngest players. The Tigers brought him to their alternate training site late in the 2020 season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Meadows moves exceptionally well for his 6-foot-5 frame and is athletic enough to navigate his long arms and legs on both sides of the ball. He has the strength and leverage to access plus raw power, but he struggles to time up pitches because of a lengthy bat path. Whether he can make enough contact will depend on him shortening his swing. Defensively, Meadows profiles near the top of the organization in speed and athleticism and takes good reads and solid routes in center field, though scouts are split on whether he'll stick there as he continues to fill out a large frame.

    THE FUTURE: Meadows has plenty of athleticism and physicality to dream on, but will need time. He'll see high Class A in 2021.

  16. 16. Colt Keith | IF
    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: .286/.396/.393 | 2 HR | 4 SB | 224 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Keith was Mississippi's high school player of the year as a junior in 2019 and stood out as one of the best hitters on the high school showcase circuit the following summer. The Tigers drafted him in the fifth round in 2020 and signed him for $500,000 to forgo an Arizona State commitment. Keith played shortstop and pitched in high school, but the Tigers drafted him as a third baseman and sent him out to the hot corner in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Keith has an impressive array of tools that include plus raw power, plus arm strength and plus speed. He mostly got by on his natural athleticism in high school and didn't face the strongest competition on a daily basis in Mississippi, but he shows the ability to pull the ball for home runs and drive the ball hard on a line to the opposite field. Keith's natural loft and bat speed should lead to power as his body continues to develop and he adjusts to more advanced pitchers. Keith has advanced glove work and the arm for third base. He could also slide to right field if needed.

    THE FUTURE: Keith will face a steep adjustment against professional pitchers. If he shows he can handle it, he has the athleticism and tools to be a breakout prospect in the system.

  17. 17. Alex Lange | RHP
    Alex Lange
    Born: Oct 2, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 197
    Drafted/Signed: Louisiana State, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Kevin Ellis (Cubs).
    Minors: 2-1 | 4.57 ERA | 27 SO | 17 BB | 22 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Drafted 30th overall by the Cubs in 2017, Lange was sent to the Tigers at the 2019 trade deadline as part of the return for Nick Castellanos. He made his Tigers organizational debut at Double-A Erie and pitched to a 3.45 ERA in nine starts, albeit with a concerning number of walks. He followed with a strong stint as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League and was brought to the alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lange is a starter for now, but his max-effort delivery and below-average control have him ticketed for relief in the long term. His 90-93 mph fastball is a fringe-average pitch that lacks life, and his curveball is an average pitch. His curveball shows hard bite and can miss bats but doesn't quite project as better than average. Lange also has a slider, but it's not consistent enough to be much more than fringe-average.

    THE FUTURE: Lange's fastball could tick up in relief, where his control would be less of an issue. That's his likely role in the majors and he should be in line to make his debut in 2021.

  18. 18. Derek Hill | OF
    Derek Hill
    Born: Dec 30, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Elk Grove, Calif., 2014 (1st round).
    Signed By: Scott Cerny.
    Minors: .322/.376/.490 | 4 HR | 4 SB | 143 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The 23rd overall pick in 2014, Hill was sidetracked by injuries almost as soon as his career began. He missed time with lower back pain when he signed, was limited by a recurring quad injury in 2015 and had Tommy John surgery late in the 2016 season. Hill played 100 games in a season for the first time in 2018 and steadily made his way up the minors, culminating in his big league debut in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Even after all his injuries, Hill remains an explosive athlete. He dazzles defensively in center field with his plus-plus speed and outstanding defensive skills. Few doubt he would be one of the top defensive center fielders in the major leagues with regular playing time. Hill has discovered some power as he's gotten stronger, but he's a below-average hitter who swings and misses too frequently to be in the lineup everyday. He struck out in half of his plate appearances in his big league debut and doesn't have the approach or swing conducive to big league success.

    THE FUTURE: Hill's defense is exceptional, but without significant improvements as a hitter, he's no more than a bench option.

  19. 19. Zack Short | SS
    Zack Short
    Born: May 29, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Sacred Heart, 2016 (17th round).
    Signed By: Matt Sherman (Cubs).
    Minors: .255/.401/.482 | 8 HR | 2 SB | 137 AB

    TRACK RECORD: A product of a talented Sacred Heart team, Short was selected by the Cubs in the 17th round in 2016 and signed for $80,000. The same year, Short's college teammate Jason Foley signed with the Tigers as a nondrafted free agent. Short quickly developed a reputation as a defensive wizard and rose to Triple-A in 2019, though his season was interrupted by a broken hand. The Tigers acquired him for Cameron Maybin at the 2020 trade deadline.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Short's skill set is led by his defensive abilities. He's a twitchy athlete who can handle shortstop easily, with light footwork and impressive rage. At the plate, Short's undersized frame works against him and leaves little room for any power projection. He is capable of an occasional home run thanks to a quick stroke through the zone, but his swing is more geared for line drives to all fields.

    THE FUTURE: Short is on the Tigers' 40-man roster and should make his major league debut in 2021. He should provide valuable infield depth.

  20. 20. Trei Cruz | SS
    Trei Cruz
    Born: Jul 5, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Rice, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Bryce Mosier.
    Minors: .161/.338/.268 | 2 HR | 12 SB | 205 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Cruz is the son of former outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. and the grandson of longtime outfielder Jose Cruz. Trei was drafted by the Astros in 2017 and the Nationals in 2019 but opted not to sign either time. After making significant improvements on both sides of the ball his junior year at Rice, Cruz was drafted by the Tigers in the third round and signed for $900,000. After signing, Cruz played in the independent Constellation Energy League before heading to instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Cruz has a solid track record of hitting, particularly from the left side, and plus raw power. His extremely aggressive approach has precluded him from getting to that power so far, but the Tigers hope further development will allow him to tap into it in games. Cruz has played second base, third base and shortstop. His soft hands and plus arm should permit him to stay in the dirt, but his below-average speed makes shortstop a stretch.

    THE FUTURE: Cruz has work to do to access his power and solidify a defensive position. His hitting ability gives him a solid foundation to work from as he begins his pro career in 2021.

  21. 21. Abel Bastidas | SS
    Abel Bastidas
    Born: Nov 24, 2003
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165

    TRACK RECORD: The Tigers signed two prominent shortstops in their 2020-21 international class on Jan. 15, 2021, landing Cristian Santana from the Dominican Republic and Abel Bastidas from Venezuela.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Basidas has a long, lanky frame with smooth defense at shortstop. Some scouts thought Bastidas might outgrow the position and end up at third base, but others thought as long as he stayed lean and agile he should be able to handle shortstop. Bastidas is a fundamentally sound fielder with soft hands and fluid, easy actions. He plays calm and under control for his age with a good internal clock, an above-average arm and speed that has trended up to above-average, though he might slow down as he fills out. Bastidas is a switch-hitter with a loose, easy swing from both sides of the plate with good hand-eye coordination. The ball carries off his bat well with occasional over-the-fence juice to his pull side and the physical projection to grow into significantly more power once he fills out.<

    THE FUTURE: Bastidas has promising projection indicators, though he's still several years from being in the big league picture. He will make his pro debut in 2021.

  22. 22. Kody Clemens | SS
    Kody Clemens
    Born: May 15, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Texas, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Matt Lea.
    Minors: .258/.324/.497 | 17 HR | 4 SB | 326 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Clemens has a pedigree few can match. He is the son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and won Big 12 Conference player of the year at Texas in 2018, leading the Tigers to draft him in the third round. Clemens struggled to hit in his first full season but still made his way to Double-A by the end of the year. He spent 2020 in the independent Constellation Energy League and again struggled to hit, batting .233/.291/.456.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Clemens has an average, well-rounded toolset, but his aggressive approach overshadows it and leads to diminished production. He has worked to trim his swings and misses, and he does have developing double-digit home run power, but it will be up to him to make adjustments to make more contact moving forward. Clemens is a competitive, instinctual ballplayer with solid situational awareness on the bases and in the field. He steals bases efficiently despite just fringe-average speed and is a solid second baseman who plays with an extra dose of grit.

    THE FUTURE: Clemens will need to make more contact against advanced pitching in order to reach the majors. That will be his main goal in 2021.

  23. 23. Andre Lipcius | IF
    Andre Lipcius
    Born: May 22, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .235/.316/.381 | 11 HR | 7 SB | 412 AB

    Lipcius has kept scouts guessing with his offensive production. The University of Tennessee infielder was taken as the Tigers' third-round pick in 2019. He showed flashes of power at the plate, but he was known more for his defensive feel throughout his move from first to shortstop to third prior to the draft. Despite a two-point climb in his strikeout percentage since reaching Double-A, his effortless feel for the infield makes it hard to not keep an eye on him.

  24. 24. Reese Olson | RHP
    Reese Olson
    Born: Jul 31, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 7-5 | 4.10 ERA | 106 SO | 51 BB | 99 IP

    Selected by the Brewers in the 13th round out of the 2018 draft out of high school in Georgia, Olson has moved a level every year since turning pro. Scouts see him as a potential No. 5 starter or swingman with a full four-pitch complement and feel to pitch. His curveball is his best offspeed offering. None of his stuff is electric but nothing is lackluster, either. The combination of strikes and decent stuff should get him to the big leagues.

  25. 25. Alex Faedo | RHP
    Alex Faedo
    Born: Nov 12, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Florida, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: RJ Burgess.

    Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Faedo went 28-6 in three years at Florida and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 College World Series after leading the Gators to the national title. The Tigers drafted him 18th overall and signed him for $3.5 million. Faedo suffered a mysterious drop in velocity in his first full season, but he rebounded in 2019 to finish third in the Double-A Eastern League with 134 strikeouts. He expected to compete for a spot in the majors in 2020, but he tested positive for COVID-19 in July and was shut down with a forearm strain in late August after a brief stint at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, Faedo's fastball sits 91-93 mph and touches 95. His main weapon is his slider. It's an above-average pitch and he can manipulate its length depending if he's trying to land it for a strike or get a batter to chase. Faedo's changeup is a fringe-average offering he needs to throw more regularly to become an average pitch. He is an intense competitor who goes right after hitters, throws strikes and draws rave reviews for his makeup.

    THE FUTURE: Faedo's competitive edge and three-pitch mix are enough for scouts to project a back-of-the-rotation starter. His health is a question mark entering 2021.

  26. 26. Adinso Reyes | IF
    Adinso Reyes
    Born: Oct 22, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Aldo Perez.
    Minors: .188/.276/.362 | 7 HR | 1 SB | 160 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Signed by the Tigers for $1.45 million, Reyes hit .331/.379/.508 in a loud pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. His expected U.S. debut in 2020 was derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he got on the field in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Reyes has impressive natural strength and fluid swing. He drives the ball to all fields and projects to grow into plus power as he gets older. Reyes' impact potential is exciting, but he is still working to improve his pitch recognition and streamline a lengthy swing. He has worked to improve his pitch recognition while streamlining a lengthy swing. He is still getting a feel for his developing frame. Reyes is a shortstop now and moves well in the field, but he will likely move to third base as he gets bigger. He has enough arm strength to stay on the left side of the infield.

    THE FUTURE: Reyes is intriguing but largely unproven. He'll make his U.S. debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2021.

  27. 27. Jacob Robson | OF
    Jacob Robson
    Born: Nov 20, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Justin Henry.
    Minors: .306/.423/.487 | 7 HR | 18 SB | 271 AB
  28. 28. Paul Richan | RHP
    Paul Richan
    Born: Mar 26, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Alex Lontayo (Cubs).
    Minors: 0-0 | 3.72 ERA | 26 SO | 9 BB | 29 IP

    Richan supplanted Nick Sprengel as San Diego's top starter and most-desired draft prospect this spring, launched in part by a dominant outing against Michigan at the Tony Gwynn Classic. Richan is a polished righthander with a four-pitch mix, headlined by a plus slider. At his best, Richan's fastball sits 91-92 mph and touches 94, and he can mix in an average changeup as well. He uses his fastball and changeup to get ahead, and then finishes batters with his slider. Richan tired as the season went on and sat more 88-91 toward the end, cooling some of the early interest. His fastball command also slipped at the end of the season and resulted in a lot of contact, although he still threw strikes. A poor finish made his season numbers look pedestrian, but Richan showed evaluators enough early in the year that they still consider him a talent worthy of a pick in the top five rounds.

  29. 29. Cristian Santana | IF
    Cristian Santana
    Born: Nov 25, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: The Tigers landed one of the top shortstops in the 2020-21 international class by signing Santana out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 15, 2021.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Santana, a cousin of Tigers shortstop prospect Wenceel Perez, is an advanced hitter for his age with a good chance to stay at shortstop. At 6 feet, 175 pounds, he has a quick, compact swing and a mature approach for his age, with the ability to recognize breaking balls and control the strike zone. He's mostly a line-drive hitter who has performed well in games, driving the ball well to both gaps with a chance to grow into 15-20 home run power. An average runner with a strong lower half, Santana has quick feet, good hands and an above-average arm that could tick up with more strength gains.

    THE FUTURE: Santana is far away from the majors, but he has the upside to be the best shortstop the Tigers have signed out of the Dominican Republic since Willy Adames. He will make his pro debut in 2021.

  30. 30. Jose De La Cruz | OF
    Jose De La Cruz
    Born: Jan 3, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Aldo Perez/Carlos Santana.
    Minors: .203/.290/.306 | 5 HR | 13 SB | 301 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Tigers signed de la Cruz for $1.8 million, the largest bonus in their 2018 international class, then watched as he put together a stellar pro debut in the Dominican Summer League the following year. De la Cruz's 11 home runs placed him in a three-way tie for the DSL lead, and the Tigers brought him to the U.S. for instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: De la Cruz is an aggressive player in all facets of the game. He has plus bat speed, swings often and makes hard contact when he connects, though he also swings and misses quite a bit. He struck out 30% of the time in the DSL and will have to manage that moving forward. De la Cruz's plus speed and plus arm allow him to profile at any of the three outfield positions. He plays center field for now but may shift to right field as he gets bigger and stronger.

    THE FUTURE: De la Cruz's future is tied to how much he can reduce his swings and misses. He'll start 2021 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

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