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TRACK RECORD: Mize faced durability questions at Auburn after missing time with a flexor strain as a sophomore and pitching only sparingly that summer for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. As a junior, however, Mize cemented himself as the best player in the 2018 draft class and was picked No. 1 overall by the Tigers. He signed for $7.5 million, a then-record for the largest bonus under the current draft format implemented in 2012. Mize began his first full season at high Class A Lakeland and dominated Florida State League competition before receiving a promotion to Double-A Erie, where he spun a no-hitter in his first start. Mize pitched well initially for the SeaWolves but gave the Tigers a scare on June 13, when he left his start with right shoulder soreness. He returned to Erie a month later but was nowhere near as effective. He logged a 7.09 ERA in his final six starts before the Tigers shut him down. SCOUTING REPORT: Mize's fastball touches 97 mph but sits comfortably in the 93-94 range. It plays up because he commands it with ease to both sides of the strike zone. Mize also uses a harder cutter in the upper 80s, which helps neutralize lefthanded hitters, as well as a slider in the low-to-mid-80s. The slider improved in 2019 with better shape and consistency. His main secondary offering is a double-plus splitter that has late, hard downward tumble. Mize disguises his splitter well and it tunnels off the plane of his fastball, generating plenty of swings and misses. All of his pitches are firm but work to different parts of the strike zone effectively. Mize projects to have future plus control despite a herky-jerky delivery. He throws all of his pitches for strikes with above-average command and shows maturity on the mound. THE FUTURE: After dominating the Eastern League, Mize should continue his quick rise through the minors. He should continue to log innings in the upper minors as he prepares for the rigors of a major league season. If all goes well, Mize may get his first taste of big league competition at the end of the 2020 season. His pitch mix, advanced control and double-plus splitter paint the picture of a future front-of-the-rotation starter around whom the Tigers can build.
TRACK RECORD: Manning comes from athletic bloodlines as his father Rich played two seasons in the NBA. After climbing two levels and reaching Double-A to end his 2018 campaign, Manning took leaps forward in 2019. May was his best month, as the righthander allowed five earned runs across 31.1 innings pitched. The 21-year-old was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year thanks to his consistency and ability to throw all three of his pitches for strikes. His 148 strikeouts were second on the circuit. SCOUTING REPORT: Manning's fastball plays up thanks to the extension he gets from his 6-foot-6 frame. He can ramp it up to 97 mph but sits more in the 92-95 range with life. Manning throws a high-spin curveball with sharp downer break that projects as plus. He will need to make sure it comes out of the same slot as his fastball as he matures. Manning's third offering is a changeup that flashes plus thanks to sinking action. His tempo, athleticism and ability to attack the strike zone help him project to have future above-average control. THE FUTURE: Manning has to continue to hone his delivery while improving his ability to throw his changeup. His athleticism and competitive nature give him a mid-rotation ceiling.
TRACK RECORD: Skubal was excellent as a freshman at Seattle, where he posted a 7-4, 3.24 record. He had Tommy John surgery and redshirted for the 2017 season in what would have been his junior year, but was still drafted by Arizona in the 29th round that June. A year later, the Tigers took a flier on him in the ninth round. His control numbers suffered but quickly returned once he moved into pro ball. The lefthander reached Double-A in 2019 and tallied 17.43 strikeouts per nine innings over 15 starts with Erie and finished with 179 strikeouts overall. That mark—as well as his 13.13 strikeouts per nine innings on the season—was good for third-best in the minors. SCOUTING REPORT: Skubal's fastball sits at 94-95 mph and tops out at 97 mph. He hits both sides of the plate and works it inside on hitters. He throws two different breaking pitches and lands them both in the strike zone. His curveball is in the upper 70s and flashes above-average but tends to get on the same plane as his slider. Skubal uses his potentially plus slider to work down and in on righthanders. The lefthander's changeup has plus movement but needs more consistency. THE FUTURE: Skubal's frontline stuff and pitchability should help him reach the ceiling of a No. 2 starter in the big leagues.
TRACK RECORD: Greene finished his senior season at Hagerty HS with a .420 average and was a BA first-team High School All-American. Greene was the best prep hitter in the draft class and was taken by Detroit with the fifth overall pick. He signed for $6,180,700 then quickly zoomed to low Class A West Michigan after just 33 games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and short-season Connecticut. He earned a spot as the No. 2 prospect in the New York-Penn League, behind only No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman. SCOUTING REPORT: Greene features a smooth, strong lefthanded swing that gets on plane quickly and stays there throughout his swing. He shows good barrel control for a prep draftee and has displayed the ability to stay within the strike zone. Greene shows plus raw power that should translate into aboveaverage in-game power as he gets more at-bats and continues to gain strength. While he has played center field during his brief time in the minors, executives believe he profiles best in right field. His speed is average at best and he lacks the acceleration and closing ability to track down balls as a center fielder. His arm is average, as well. THE FUTURE: Even though his hit tool is advanced, Greene is still raw and far away from the big leagues. His overall skill set profiles best as a first-division regular in right field.
TRACK RECORD: Paredes' bat is what made him a valuable pickup for Detroit when they acquired him in July of 2017 from the Cubs in a deal for catcher Alex Avila and lefthander Justin Wilson. After reaching Double-A as a 19-year old during the 2018 season, Paredes returned in 2019 and posted a career-high in homers (13) and hits (135) as the second youngest player in the league. He didn't chase much at all out of the zone and drew nearly as many walks (57) as strikeouts (61). SCOUTING REPORT: Natural bat-to-ball skills and elite plate discipline are the highlights of Paredes' profile. He hits for some power and projects to be above-average in that department. He will have to move from shortstop to third base, where his hands will play, although executives wonder if his maxed out frame means he will ultimately end up at first base. Paredes has arm strength but needs to work on throwing mechanics and consistency of his throws. At best, his range projects as fringe-average. While he won't clog up the bases, he is a below-average runner. THE FUTURE: Paredes' ability to mash should get him to the big leagues. With developing power, it's conceivable that he will get the chance to be an everyday regular even with fringe-average defense.
TRACK RECORD: Faedo won the Most Outstanding Player honors during Florida's run to the 2017 College World Series win. The righthander endured surgeries on both knees before his junior season but bounced back and showed the stuff necessary to be selected 18th overall by Detroit. Questions arose when Faedo didn't show the fastball velocity he did as an amateur during his first full season as a pro. The velo returned in 2019, and his performance responded in kind. His strikeouts per nine innings jumped from 8.85 in 2018 with Double-A Erie to 10.46 in 2019 at the same level. Faedo ranked as the Eastern League's No. 12 prospect. SCOUTING REPORT: Faedo's fastball tops out in the mid-90s but usually averages around 92 mph. Faedo's main secondary is his slider, which was one of the best in his draft class and generates swings and misses thanks to improved depth. His feel to throw it and miss bats lends it to project as an above-average pitch. Faedo's seldom-used changeup has plenty of natural run, but he needs to command the pitch better for it to project as better than fringe-average. Faedo also earns praise from Tigers executives for his aggressive nature on the mound. THE FUTURE: His arsenal is effective but doesn't feature a wipeout pitch. His competitiveness and aboveaverage control create a profile of a back-end starter.
TRACK RECORD: The son of former all-star outfielder Mike Cameron was flipped at the 2017 deadline as part of the package sent to Houston to acquire ace Justin Verlander for their postseason run. Cameron hit a career-high 14 home runs in 2017 but saw his power nearly cut in half the following season when he hit eight homers between three levels. While his power returned in 2019 with 13 home runs, the outfielder posted a sub-.200 average in the months of April, July and August. SCOUTING REPORT: Cameron receives high praise from Tigers' personnel for the way he handles himself both on and off the field. He is athletic and has bat speed, but his hit tool projects as future average at best. Cameron doesn't make consistent contact, but his raw power is average and should translate into fringe-average in-game power if he is able to make some adjustments. His feel for the game is plus, and helps his average defensive tools play up. His average arm is suitable for center field or a corner. Cameron isn't a burner on the bases but runs well underway in the outfield. THE FUTURE: Cameron's contact woes are alarming and didn't get any better at Triple-A this season. His maturity and near-average tools across the board have the future of a second-division regular if his bat comes around at all.
TRACK RECORD: Perez's arm strength helped facilitate a return to the mound after he trained temporarily as a third baseman at Carlos Guillen's academy in Venezuela as an amateur. The No. 14 international ranked prospect in 2014 inked for a $1 million bonus with the Astros before being flipped to Detroit as part of the package for righthander Justin Verlander in 2017. A cluster of injuries has slowed down Perez, who has made nine starts in his last two seasons combined. A knee injury in 2017 was followed by a lat strain and shoulder woes in 2018, and the shoulder woes returned in 2019 and derailed much of his season SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, Perez's stuff offers significant upside. His fastball has a high spin rate, tops out in the mid-90s and projects as plus. He shows particularly good feel for a low-to-mid 80s changeup with excellent armside run. The pitch misses plenty of bats with hard, late sinking action. Perez's curveball flashes above-average with good depth down in the strike zone. His slider has the potential to be a plus pitch as he's become more comfortable with it. THE FUTURE: Perez needs a healthy 2020 to get back on track. His age, control and four-pitch mix point toward a future as a mid-rotation arm if he can stay healthy.
TRACK RECORD: Castro was born in Puerto Rico but raised in the Dominican Republic and became the Indians' top non-Cuban international signee in 2013 when he signed for $825,000. Detroit acquired Castro in exchange for Leonys Martin and Kyle Dowdy at the 2018 trade deadline. He has been one of the youngest players at every level he's reached. Castro made it to the big leagues in August and started 28 games at shortstop for the Tigers. SCOUTING REPORT: Castro features good bat-to-ball skills from both sides of the plate. His contact has helped him to maintain a similar OPS from both sides of the plate in the minors, but he has more natural power from the left side. His raw power is a tick above-average but won't translate to more than fringe-average power. He has the necessary range, speed and hands to stick at shortstop. Even with average tools, he showed inconsistency in his brief callup, botching routine plays yet making difficult ones look easy. He's an average runner. THE FUTURE: His time in the big leagues wasn't pretty, but his ability to get on base and athletic actions could eventually help him reach his ceiling of a second-division regular or a utility option.
TRACK RECORD: Rogers was drafted by the Astros in 2016 and sent to Detroit as part of the package for Justin Verlander. While he has shown power, the defense-first backstop hasn't done much with the bat as a pro. His maturity behind home plate and ability to connect with his pitchers helped him earn his first big league callup on July 30. SCOUTING REPORT: Rogers holds Tulane's record for caught-stealing percentage (56.8) and nabbed just under 50 percent of potential basestealers in the International League. His arm strength is plus but gets amplified by excellent footwork and transfer ability. Rogers receives praise for his work ethic and the way he studies the game. Utilizing a pronounced leg kick, Rogers' hit tool is considered well below-average. He tends to swing uphill and gets off plane too quickly to make consistent contact. His raw power is plus and should allow him to show average power in games. As with plenty of other catchers, Rogers has below-average speed but it doesn't hinder his athletic ability behind the dish. THE FUTURE: If he can adjust to big league pitching, he could be a 20-homer backstop who brings elite defensive skills to the position. If not, his ceiling is that of a backup catcher.
TRACK RECORD: Drafted 40th overall by the Braves in 2016, Wentz missed much of 2018 with an oblique injury but bounced back to pitch more than 125 innings for the second time in three seasons in 2019. The Tigers acquired him at the trade deadline as part of the package for closer Shane Greene. Wentz cut down on his walks after reporting to Double-A Erie and finished the year with a flourish. SCOUTING REPORT: Wentz works comfortably in the low-90s with his fastball. While it doesn't have blazing velocity, his fastball plays up with plus vertical movement and works effectively at the top of the zone and above it. Wentz's breaking ball is a mid-to-upper 70s slider that has inconsistent shape and blends with the appearance of an overhand curveball. His best secondary offering is a changeup in the low-to-mid 80s that projects as a future above-average pitch. His control has improved but doesn't project as more than average. THE FUTURE: Wentz has a frame built for innings and a three-pitch mix that allow him to project as a starter. He has a chance to pitch at the back of a rotation.
TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of Rays' outfielder Austin Meadows, Parker was a third-team All-American in 2018. The Tigers drafted him with the first pick of the second round, No. 44 overall, and gave him a $2.5 million signing bonus to forgo a Clemson commitment. Meadows spent his first full season at low Class A West Michigan and struggled as one of the Midwest League's youngest players. SCOUTING REPORT: Meadows features plus raw power but there is concern about his overall feel to hit. He has bat speed, but his long levers and lengthy swing cause him to miss hittable pitches. He has a power-over-hit offensive profile with a fringy ability to make contact. Defensively, he has near top-of-thescale speed and good range in the outfield. Even with good foot speed, executives are split as to whether he has enough acceleration to stick in center field long term. Meadows has an average arm that should work in any spot in the outfield. THE FUTURE: Meadows is one of the few Tigers prospects with extreme variance to his profile. If his hit tool significantly improves as he matures, he could reach his ceiling of an everyday, above-average center fielder. If he doesn't improve his routes and contact ability, he is ticketed for a fourth-outfielder role.
TRACK RECORD: Campos received the largest bonus for any Cuban signee during the 2019 international period, signing with the Tigers for $2.85 million. He left Cuba to work out in the Dominican Republic with his brother Raul, a 2018 Marlins signee, and trained in San Pedro de Macoris. Considering his frame, Campos made the transition from the infield to the outfield before signing with Detroit. SCOUTING REPORT: Campos has plus-plus raw power and can hit balls out to any part of the ballpark. He is athletic and strong, showing the ability to tap into his strength during his swing. For a 16-year old, he has an advanced ability to track pitches and stay within the strike zone. Campos does strike out some, but his approach should help him overcome that as he matures. He is learning to play the outfield and runs well under way, but doesn't have the type of range to profile in center field. His plus arm strength profiles best in right field long term. THE FUTURE: While far away from the big leagues, Campos' strength and ability to hit for power make for a potential right field masher in the future.
TRACK RECORD: Perez signed for $550,000 in July 2016 and made a strong first impression. He crushed the Dominican Summer League and advanced three levels all the way to low Class A West Michigan as an 18-year old, where he appeared in 16 games. He returned to the Midwest League in 2019 and made some adjustments, but still struggled overall. SCOUTING REPORT: Perez projects as an average defender up the middle with some feel to play shortstop. He has good footwork with plus foot speed and range. His arm is average and profiles at the position. Perez's bat is much more in question. He has bat speed from both sides of the plate but projects to have well below-average power. He can barrel up pitches thanks to quick hands and shows glimpses of impact but lacks consistency with his hitting approach, resulting in low averages and on-base percentages. He is still working to get the most from his speed and was successful on just 21 of 34 stolen base attempts in 2019. THE FUTURE: Perez's ceiling is a second-division regular, but his likelier role may be a sturdy utility infielder.
TRACK RECORD: The 22nd overall pick in 2015, Burrows quickly made it to Double-A Erie but needed three years to advance to Triple-A. Burrows dealt with biceps tendonitis and shoulder inflammation in April that put him on the shelf for nearly two months, returned in June but went back on the injured list in August for a season-ending oblique injury. SCOUTING REPORT: Burrows works with a four-pitch mix including a fastball that tops out at 96 mph. It can be straight at times, but it gets swings and misses at its best. Burrows doesn't have great control in part due to a high-front side in his delivery, which makes consistency tough to come by. He throws two breaking pitches, including a curveball in the low-70s that projects as above-average. His slider isn't particularly effective, but his changeup shows flashes of being above-average to give him a useful third pitch. THE FUTURE: The Tigers added Burrows to the 40-man roster in the offseason. Without a true out pitch, Burrows is best suited as an occasional starter or bullpen arm, where his fastball should play up in short stints.
TRACK RECORD: The youngest of Roger Clemens' sons, Clemens was drafted out of high school by the Astros but opted to head to college. He hit 24 homers as a junior at Texas, good for second in the NCAA, after a Tommy John surgery left him limited to designated hitter duties as a sophomore. After hitting 11 homers in the Florida State League in 2019, he was promoted to Double-A Erie in late August. SCOUTING REPORT: Clemens is known for his competitive nature and feel for the game. He is trending as more of a power-over-hit type of player as some swing-and-miss issues have mounted, including striking out in nearly a quarter of his at-bats last season. Clemens has some developing power from the left side, although he struggles against lefthanded pitching. He runs the bases well and has average defensive tools at second base that are good enough for him to stick there. THE FUTURE: Clemens will be ticketed for more at-bats against Eastern League pitching. His polish on the field should help him become a useful backup infielder or platoon bat if he doesn't handle lefties down the road.
TRACK RECORD: Garcia rocketed all the way to Triple-A in 2016 in his first full season, but Tommy John surgery derailed his ascent and wiped out his 2018 campaign. Garcia returned to the mound in 2019 and reached the majors after building up innings across three levels of the minors. SCOUTING REPORT: Garcia receives high marks for his work ethic and mound presence. His fastball is a plus pitch that tops out in the upper-90s. With plus arm speed, Garcia throws an average slider that has good movement. He throws a changeup in the upper-80s that doesn't have much separation from his fastball, but he sells it well with similar arm speed. It grades as a future above-average offering. THE FUTURE: Garcia should get plenty of outings in the majors for Detroit in 2020. His control is still suspect, but Garcia's aggressive mentality and two-pitch mix make for a quality late-inning reliever.
TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez signed with the Angels during the 2014 international signing period. His pitchability helped him to navigate his way to the low Class A Midwest League as a 19-year-old in 2017. That September, the Angels sent him to the Tigers as the player to be named later in the Justin Upton trade. SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez tops out at 93 mph with his fastball, but there is room for growth with his projectable frame. His delivery is smooth and allows him to throw plenty of strikes. Rodriguez uses a changeup that flashes plus with horizontal movement and gets under the barrel consistently. He throws it in the low-80s and also features a mid-to-upper 70s curveball. His curveball is his decided third pitch. It has nice shape but tends to roll into the zone without much downward snap. THE FUTURE: Rodriguez's delivery, projectable frame and three-pitch mix point towards a potential role as a back-of-the-rotation starter. He should see Double-A Erie in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: It's been a slow rise for Castro in the Tigers' system after signing as a 16-year-old in 2011. It took him four seasons to reach full-season ball and he missed 2015 after having Tommy John surgery. He finally got on track post-surgery and spent of all 2019 at Double-A Erie. SCOUTING REPORT: Castro uses a 93-97 mph fastball that has excellent cutting action. The pitch flashes plus-plus and misses bats. His curveball has slurve-like shape with two-plane break. While it's a weapon for him, he doesn't land it in the strike zone with frequency. His third offering is a changeup that is often firm, registering in the low-80s. Castro's had difficulty with his control and command; making it questionable that he can stick in a rotation. THE FUTURE: Castro's cut fastball and slurve fit best in the bullpen. His arm is intriguing and helps him profile as a seventh-inning type.
TRACK RECORD: Quintana opted to attend Arizona after being selected in the 11th round by the Red Sox in the 2016 draft. He led the Wildcats in homers his sophomore season with 14 and led the Pac-12 Conference with 77 RBI his junior year before Detroit took him 47th overall. Quintana was challenged with his first assignment at low Class A West Michigan, where he hit .158/.228/.226. He wore down after a large workload in the summer and was sent down to short-season Connecticut in early August to finish the season. SCOUTING REPORT: Quintana brings a power swing to the table with above-average raw power. He struggles to make consistent contact and is wholly dependent on home runs to provide offensive contributions. Quintana has plus bat speed but sometimes features a stiff swing, causing him difficulty making adjustments. Quintana has a quick first step at third base with good hands that profile at the position long term. He also has a plus arm with good natural carry. THE FUTURE: After struggling his first season in pro ball, a return to low Class A West Michigan will be on the agenda for Quintana in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Alcantara was part of the three-infielder package the Tigers acquired from the D-backs in exchange for J.D. Martinez at the 2017 trade deadline. Alcantara repeated Double-A in 2019 and walked more while striking out less, but he also made less quality contact and hit for less power. SCOUTING REPORT: Alcantara is a plus defender at shortstop with easy actions in the field. He has soft hands and good footwork. A near top-of-the-scale arm allows him to project as an impact defender at the position. A thin, twitchy 5-foot-9, he has below-average power but has a chance to be an average hitter if he can start hitting the ball harder. Alcantara shows the ability to work the count and get on base via walk. He is an average runner and steals bases on occasion. THE FUTURE: After struggling for two seasons at Double-A with the bat, it's hard to see a ceiling higher than that of a utility role for Alcantara. His athleticism and fielding would be impactful off the bench.
TRACK RECORD: The son of former player and now Dodgers scout Orsino Hill, Derek's pro career began with a myriad of injuries. The 2014 first rounder went through issues with his back and quadriceps his first two seasons before needing Tommy John surgery. The operation caused him to miss significant time in 2017. Hill reached Double-A for the first time in 2019 and managed to play a career-high 120 games, which allowed him to hit a career-high 14 home runs. SCOUTING REPORT: Hill is extremely athletic and has started to show more thump with the bat with full health. He makes loud contact and shows growing power, but his hit tool projects to be fringe-average at best due to an inconsistent approach and strikeout issues. Defensively, Hill is one of the best outfielders in the minors. His plus-plus speed and a strong throwing arm help him grade as a future plus-plus defender in center field. THE FUTURE: Hill's future role is that of a backup outfielder. His defensive ability can change a game, but his bat is most suitable off the bench.
TRACK RECORD: Richan pitched himself into the supplemental second round in 2018 with an excellent season at San Diego. The Cubs drafted him 78th overall and traded him one year later to the Tigers with righthander Alex Lange for Nicholas Castellanos. Richan made five starts with high Class A Lakeland after the trade and notched 29 strikeouts against just two walks in 30.2 innings. SCOUTING REPORT: Richan's delivery is low-effort and repeatable despite a long arm action, allowing him to throw plenty of strikes. His fastball projects near average, topping out at 93 mph, and he commands it to both sides of the plate. Richan snaps off a slider in the low-80s that projects above-average with good tilt. It gets more swings and misses than his changeup, which projects average but currently lags behind his other pitches. THE FUTURE: With future plus control, Richan profiles as a potential back-of-the-rotation starter. He should get his first taste of the upper minors in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Tigers signed Reyes for $1.45 million during the 2018 international signing period because they were impressed with his bat and physical frame. He made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2019 and had instant success. Reyes' smacked seven home runs, all against righthanded pitchers, and hit .331. SCOUTING REPORT: Reyes is strong and has loft in his swing that should develop into plus power as he matures. He shows the ability to use the whole field, although he is raw at tracking breaking pitches. His swing is long at times, which causes him to swing and miss, but he has the power potential to make up for it. He moves well in the field but his defense lags behind his bat. Reyes' arm should help him stick on the left side of the infield. THE FUTURE: Reyes originally signed as a shortstop, but his physicality and strong arm would also be suitable at third base where his bat will play. He'll make the jump to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Tigers spent aggressively during the 2018 international signing period and gave their largest bonus to De La Cruz, who signed for $1.85 million. He hit the ground running in the Dominican Summer League in his first taste of pro ball. The outfielder showed off his power as well, ending up in a three-way tie for the DSL lead in home runs with 11. SCOUTING REPORT: De La Cruz has a mature skill set for a 17-year-old outfielder and plays the game hard. He has plus bat speed and makes loud contact with a chance to grow into plus power. There are questions surrounding his hit tool, as he has shown swing-and-miss tendencies against both fastballs and breaking pitches. De La Cruz should be a true center fielder due to his plus speed and arm. Even if he fills out, De La Cruz's arm and defensive prowess will fit in right field. THE FUTURE: If everything clicks, De La Cruz has the chance to be a power-hitting center fielder down the road. He'll move to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: After recovering from a lat strain that dismantled his 2017 season, Pinto reached the Florida State League the following season but struggled with his control. The flame-thrower started back in the FSL in 2019 and saw great success, working briefly as the closer for high Class A Lakeland before reaching the Eastern League, where he averaged 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. SCOUTING REPORT: Pinto's main weapon is a plus fastball that has good riding action up in the zone. It now tops out at 96 mph after reaching the upper 90s in the past. His main secondary is a curveball that tops out at 82 mph but doesn't project as plus. Pinto's command is inconsistent and leads to below-average control numbers, evidenced by his 5.1 walks per nine innings in 2019. He is purely a reliever who has never started as a pro. THE FUTURE: Pinto's plus fastball gives him a chance to pitch in the sixth or seventh inning. He will try to harness his breaking ball in 2020 to reach that ceiling.
TRACK RECORD: It's been a slow rise through the minors for Azocar, who reached the upper minors in 2019 for the first time after six seasons in the lower levels. The 2012 international signee hadn't shown much power up to this point, but went out and hit a career-high 10 homers at Double-A Erie after previously never hitting more than three in a season. SCOUTING REPORT: Azocar's offensive ceiling isn't particularly high due to below-average power and a propensity to chase pitches. He hunts fastballs and does have some natural bat-to-ball ability. Azocar is a standout defensively in the outfield with a double-plus arm. It is strong and accurate, allowing him to throw behind runners at bases. He runs well under way and can play a plus right field and a playable center field. THE FUTURE: With the ability to be an impact defender, Azocar may be limited to a backup outfielder who gets the occasional start. Without much power or on-base ability, it's tough to envision him progressing further than that.
TRACK RECORD: The Dodgers drafted Funkhouser with one of their two first round picks in 2015, but the righthander opted to return to Louisville for his senior season. The move backfired as he fell to the fourth round of the 2017 draft to the Tigers. After breaking his foot in 2018 and dealing with shoulder soreness in May, Funkhouser struggled badly at Triple-A Toledo in 2019. He logged an 8.53 ERA and walked 54 batters across 63.1 innings in the International League. SCOUTING REPORT: Funkhouser relies on his excellent arm strength. He throws his fastball in the 92-96 mph range and can manipulate it to throw a sinker, which is a touch below the velocity of his four-seam fastball. Funkhouser can spin a slider in the low-to-mid 80s that grades as future average but doesn't generate many swings and misses. His third offering is a changeup in the upper-80s that doesn't present much variance off his heater. Funkhouser's control is well below average, with many unsure he'll throw enough strikes to even be a reliable option in relief. THE FUTURE: Funkhouser's control may push him out of the rotation and into the bullpen soon enough. His pitch mix and arm strength still have upside for the rebuilding Tigers.
TRACK RECORD: Lange compiled a 30-9, 2.91 record across three seasons at Louisiana State before being selected by the Cubs 30th overall in the 2017 draft. Lange pitched well in the Carolina League in 2018, but opened the season there once again this season and his ERA soared to 7.36 across 11 starts. He fared much better for Double-A Tennessee before being traded to the Tigers as part of the package for outfielder Nicholas Castellanos at the trade deadline. Lange was strictly used as a reliever after the trade for the first time in pro ball. SCOUTING REPORT: Control has been an issue for Lange with his high-effort delivery and head whack. He tops out at 93 mph with his fastball, but sits 90-92 most outings. It doesn't have much life and projects as average at best. He throws a power curveball with hard downward drop and a slider with short break on it, both of which are effective but not plus. His changeup is firm but flashes above-average at times with sinking action. THE FUTURE: Even with a four-pitch mix, Lange's delivery and fringe command make the bullpen his long-term spot. He'll see Triple-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Angels signed Hernandez in 2015 on the promise of his projectable frame and mid-80s fastball. After spending 2017 in Rookie ball, the Angels dealt him to the Tigers for Ian Kinsler at the Winter Meetings. Hernandez made his full-season debut at low Class A West Michigan in 2019. He logged over 100 innings and posted a career-best 2.3 walks per nine innings. SCOUTING REPORT: Hernandez attacks hitters with a fastball that now sits 92-93 mph and tops out at 95. He still has room to add strength and grow into more velocity, allowing it to project as a potential plus pitch as he fills out. His curveball needs refinement but shows signs of being an average pitch down the road. Hernandez also uses his changeup a fair amount, but like his breaking ball, it projects near average at best. While his control has been suspect in the past, it has started to trend positively and could end up being near above-average. THE FUTURE: Executives are split as to whether Hernandez's stuff would hold up in the rotation. He will try to show it can at high Class A Lakeland in 2020.
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