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Track Record: The Tigers had not picked first overall since 1997, when they selected Rice closer Matt Anderson. They hope that picking a college righthander works out better this time. Mize signed for $7.5 million, which set a bonus record for any player since the current draft format was adopted in 2012. Mize came into his junior season at Auburn facing questions about his durability. He had missed time as a sophomore with a flexor strain and did not pitch that summer. But he had no problems fronting Auburn’s rotation in 2018 and reinforced the conviction that he was the clear top player in the 2018 draft class. Using his signature splitter, Mize held hitters to a .217 average in college. After tossing a career-high 114.2 innings in his junior season, Mize made just five starts in pro ball before shutting things down for the year. Scouting Report: Mize features a 91-95 mph fastball that touches 97. It’s a plus-plus pitch that plays up because of how well he locates it. His fastball sets up his other offerings, all of which are above-average across the board. Mize’s 80-86 mph slider is almost two pitches in one. He can make it bigger and slower when he’s looking for an early-count strike, but he can also throw it harder and tighter as a later-count out pitch. His best weapon is his plus-plus, mid-80s splitter. While many pitchers struggle to command and control their splitter, he commands his nearly as well as his fastball. It looks like his fastball out of his hand and then dives out of the zone as it nears the plate. Additionally, Mize has started to throw a cutter that flashes above-average. Everything he throws is hard, and he uses his splitter in lieu of a changeup. As good as his stuff is, Mize’s plus control is equally noteworthy. He ranked among the top 20 in walk rate in Division I as both a sophomore and junior and led D-I in strikeout-to-walk rate in 2017. The intangibles will also play a role for the righty, and Tigers coaches love his approach to the game. The Future: As he works to repeat his delivery with more consistency, Mize should fly through the minors. The 2019 season will be his first full campaign in the minors, and he should have no trouble reaching Double-A Erie by the end of it. Mize’s ability to command his offerings and throw a plus-plus splitter and two additional plus pitches put him in an excellent position to be a potential front-of-the-rotation starter.
Track Record: Manning was lauded out of high school in part because of his stuff, but also for his athletic bloodlines. His father, Rich, played two seasons in the NBA, and Matt was a Division I basketball prospect. Manning’s 2018 season was delayed two weeks by an oblique injury, but once he got going he masted two Class A levels and climbed to Double-A at age 20. Scouting Report: Manning’s 6-foot-6 frame gives him excellent extension, which allows his plus 91-95 mph fastball to appear even firmer. His best secondary offering is his low-80s downer curveball, which is a future plus pitch. Manning shows a feel for a changeup that should develop into an average pitch, though it currently lags behind his other secondary offerings. Despite having stabbing action in his arm swing, Manning’s athleticism gives him the body control to develop average control, but at times he has struggled to maintain a consistent release point because of the drop in his arm path. The Future: Tigers personnel applaud Manning’s competitiveness. He has to continue to refine the consistency of his delivery while polishing his changeup. His combination of stuff and athleticism gives him the upside of a mid-rotation starter with improved control.
Track Record: After signing with the Cubs in 2015, Paredes was traded to the Tigers in the July 2017 deal that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to Chicago. He stood out in 2017 as an 18-year-old shortstop who swatted 11 home runs with a low strikeout rate. He added 15 more homers in 2018 as he reached Double-A as a 19-year-old. Scouting Report: Paredes’ innate knack for putting the barrel on the ball gives him the potential to be a plus hitter. He has a contact-oriented approach with average power. It’s a pull-heavy approach and all his power is to his pull side. Equipped with an above-average arm, Paredes is viewed as an average defender at second or third base, who can move around the diamond if necessary. Scouts do not believe he has the range to stick at shortstop. Though he is a below-average runner and already has a stocky frame, his hands and consistency on the defensive end should allow him to stay in the infield. The Future: Paredes profiles as a first-division regular at second base thanks to his offensive potential. His defensive versatility only adds to his value. He should split 2019 between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo with a chance to make his major league debut in 2020.
Track Record: Perez was briefly developed as a third baseman at Carlos Guillen’s academy in Venezuela, but his arm strength prompted a return to the mound. He ranked as the No. 14 player in the 2014 international class and signed with the Astros for $1 million. He was dealt in 2017 as part of the package that brought ace righthander Justin Verlander to Houston. A knee injury slowed Perez in 2017, but he had more serious injury issues in 2018. He made just seven starts because he missed time with a lat strain and was shut down late in the year with a sore right shoulder. Scouting Report: Though his season was derailed by injuries, Perez’s feel, control and stuff are promising if he stays healthy. He throws four pitches, including a plus fastball that gets into the mid-90s. He is working with an above-average curveball and a developing slider that could be average or better as well. In addition, Perez has a feel for a plus changeup. He sells the pitch well, and throws it with roughly 10 mph of separation from his fastball. When Perez executes his changeup it shows run and sink away from lefthanded hitters. The Future: Perez will need a strong showing in 2019 to prove his health, but if he can get back on track, his stuff is enough project him as future mid-rotation starter thanks to his plus control.
Track Record: The son of former all-star outfielder Mike Cameron, Daz was originally drafted by the Astros before being flipped to the Tigers with righthander Franklin Perez and catcher Jake Rogers as part of the package used to acquire Justin Verlander for Houston’s run to the World Series. Cameron hit a career-high 14 home runs in 2017, then built on that year by zooming from high Class A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo in 2018. Cameron is a well-rounded player with no overwhelming tool, but no below-average one either. He unlocked his offensive game with a tweak in his approach. By being more aggressive early in the count he found more pitches on which to do damage. He’s an average hitter with average power. Defensively, he’s an above-average defender in center field with an above-average arm. He’s a plus runner who needs to sharpen his baserunning instincts to become a more efficient basestealer. Cameron could make an appearance in the big leagues at some point in 2019. His ability to play a solid center gives him a path to a future everyday job, while his arm gives him a fallback as a fourth outfielder.
Track Record: Of the seven prep pitchers drafted in the first round in 2015, two didn’t pitch in 2018, a third threw less than 10 innings and a fourth posted a 5.24 ERA in Class A. The durable Burrows has been more of a success story than his peers, as he quickly climbed to Double-A in his second season in pro ball. Scouting Report: Everything for Burrows is based off of an effective 92-94 mph fastball that can touch as high as 97. The pitch is more effective when thrown up in the zone for swinging strikes. He backs the pitch up with a pair of breaking balls, which work well in tandem, though neither is a plus pitch on its own. Burrows had more success throwing his low-70s curveball for called strikes, and he has shown the ability bury his mid-80s slider. His fringe-average changeup could develop into an above-average pitch if he could command it better. His delivery, which includes a very high front elbow and works as somewhat of a see-saw, might hinder attempts to improve his fringe-average control. The Future: Burrows should begin 2019 in Triple-A. The Tigers will try to develop him into a No. 4 starter, but his command issues and secondaries may eventually push him to the bullpen.
Track Record: Meadows is the younger brother of Rays outfielder Austin Meadows, and both brothers attended Grayson High in Georgia. Austin went ninth overall to the Pirates in 2013. Parker was a third-team high school All-American in 2018, when the Tigers selected him with the first pick in the second round. They spent $2.5 million to keep him from a Clemson commitment. Meadows ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and briefly made it to the college-heavy New York-Penn League in his first summer in pro ball. Scouting Report: Meadows has plus raw power and could hit for plus power in games in the future. But scouts have questions about his overall feel to hit, with long arms and a significant hitch in his load, which can be described as something of an arm bar. Even so, Meadows is athletic and a plus runner underway, and while his size might fit better in a corner one day, he should be a solid defender in either spot. The profile power and plus arm could make him a right fielder in the future. The Future: Meadows’ bloodlines give him a feel for the game, and after a strong pro debut in which he showed patience and power, he should move to full-season ball at low Class A West Michigan in 2019.
Track Record: Power has been Stewart’s calling card ever since his high school days. His 69 homers over four years at Providence Christian Academy set a Georgia state record. From there, Stewart spent three more years mashing at Tennessee before the Tigers made him the second of their two first-rounders in 2015 and signed him for just shy of $1.8 million. Scouting Report: Stewart’s plus power remains his carrying tool. He hit 23 home runs at Triple-A Toledo in 2018 to tie for the International League lead. It marked his third straight season with at least 20 homers. The lefthanded-hitting Stewart’s home run power is geared strongly to his pull side. His hit tool is just fringe-average, and he has a swing geared to hit balls at the bottom of the zone. But he has the strike-zone awareness to lay off when pitchers work around him, so he posts solid on-base percentages. Stewart will have to continue to crush balls, because his defense in left field and throwing arm, though improved, are well below-average. He has below-average speed as well. The Future: Stewart will get at-bats in the big leagues as the Tigers rebuild. He is a hard worker who will look to make the most of his offensive prowess. He will try to prove he’s more than a DH.
Track Record: Castro, who was born in Puerto Rico but raised in the Dominican Republic, became the Indians’ top non-Cuban international signee in 2013 when he inked a deal for $825,000. He has been among the youngest players at every stop during his pro career, and he opened 2018 as the fourth-youngest player in the Double-A Eastern League. The Tigers acquired Castro from the Indians as a part of the deal for outfielder Leonys Martin. He finished the year with a cameo at Triple-A Toledo. Scouting Report: Switch-hitters can be tricky to project, and that’s certainly the case with Castro. For example, at Double-A Akron, he hit all five of his home runs lefthanded, whereas all but one of the four home runs he hit with Double-A Erie came from the right side. Overall, he projects as a below-average hitter with a 5-10 home run pop. He’s a solid defender at shortstop who was rated by EL managers as the circuit’s best defender at the position. He backs that up with plus arm and above-average speed. The Future: With further development and physical maturity, Castro could be a second-division regular. He’s likely to spend the bulk of his 2019 at Toledo.
Track Record: Surgeries on both knees between Faedo’s sophomore and junior seasons at Florida kicked off his draft year with uncertainty. He started slowly in 2017 but finished strong enough to earn Most Outstanding Player honors in the 2017 College World Series as the Gators claimed the national championship. The Tigers selected Faedo 18th overall and signed him for $3.5 million. He made his pro debut at high Class A Lakeland in 2018. Scouting Report: The first thing that jumped out about Faedo in 2018 was his missing fastball velocity. He sat 89-92 mph as a pro, down a couple of ticks from the 92-94 he sat in college. The lessened velocity affected all of his pitches. Faedo’s average changeup sometimes lacked separation, and his once plus slider dropped a half-grade because of his lack of arm speed. Without the ability to beat hitters with his fastball or command his pitches effectively, Faedo became home run prone. He allowed 15 in just 60 innings with Double-A Erie as a result of poor command that left a lot pitches in the middle of the zone. The Future: It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that 2018 was Faedo’s pro debut. If he can rediscover his previous arm speed, his fastball and slider could still work in a starting role.
Track Record: As an amateur, Perez drew interest for his blend of athleticism and polish at a premium position. He showed a bat that produced plenty of line drives, as well quick-twitch characteristics in the field. The Tigers signed him for $550,000, and watched as he tore up the Dominican Summer League, then zoomed through three levels in 2018 before stopping at low Class A West Michigan. Scouting Report: Perez uses quick wrists, solid bat control and a knack for the barrel to produce quality contact from both sides of the plate. Those traits could help his hit tool get to plus with further refinement. The Dominican teenager should be able to build around his plus hit tool with an improved approach as he gets more at-bats. He’s a plus runner and works with good hands, quick footwork and enough of a throwing arm to stick at shortstop, providing a tool set that should create a future at a position up the middle.The Future: The Tigers like his athleticism, and they think he will be fine at shortstop for now. While he doesn’t have the pop to profile at a corner-infield spot, Perez has the skills to be an average big leaguer up the middle. Perez will return to low Class A in 2019, with a possible cameo at high Class A toward the end of the season.
Track Record: Clemens, the youngest of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger’s sons, was drafted by the Astros out of high school but opted to head to college. After Tommy John surgery limited him to DH duties as a sophomore at Texas, Clemens swatted 24 home runs as a junior. The figure was good for second in the NCAA. Even though he was already 22 years old, the Tigers liked the offensive profile and popped him with their third-round pick. Scouting Report: Clemens puts the barrel on the ball, and has a plus hit tool with future average power. For a middle infielder, his defensive tools are seen as average across the board and should allow him to stick at second base. While he doesn’t possess a plus run tool, he runs the bases well. Known as a leader on the field, Clemens is competitive and has a natural feel for the game. The Future: After a solid pro debut, Clemens is likely to return to high Class A before being promoted to the Double-A Erie.
Track Record: The Astros originally took Rogers in the third round of the 2016 draft before dealing him to the Tigers as part of the package for Justin Verlander. He was lauded as one of the best defensive catchers in his draft class, most notably for a strong, accurate arm that allowed him to throw out nearly 63 percent of attempted basestealers in his junior season at Tulane. Scouting Report: Rogers owns a plus arm, with a quick transfer and release, in addition to strong framing skills. There is no doubt he’ll stick behind the plate. He threw out 56 percent of attempted basestealers with Double-A Erie in 2018. Rogers studies the game, and receives high praise from his pitching staffs. He’s worked to tone down an exaggerated leg kick at the plate, which mitigated his hittability at times. He has solid-average raw power, though his in-game power was helped a bit this season by Erie’s cozy dimensions. The Future: Rogers is ticketed to spend more time at Double-A to continue developing his hitting. While still has areas to work on, Rogers has the profile behind the dish to help Detroit in the near future.
Track Record: Alcantara came to Detroit from Arizona as a part of a package of three infielders for J.D Martinez before the August 2017 trade deadline. Alcantara played in 120 games in his first stint in the upper minors with Double-A after spending all of 2017 at high Class A. Scouting Report: His profile is clearly defense-first because he is very fluid, athletic and gifted with a 70-grade throwing arm. He is a plus defender who will be an asset on defense at the shortstop position for Detroit. Alcantara’s hit tool projects as average and he has a willingness to be patient in the box and draw walks, but his power is well below-average. The Future: Alcantara has great defensive value and a solid hit tool, and that combination should bring him to the big leagues in a utility role. He is a trusted defender already, and should find himself playing in the majors within the next two seasons as he continues to get at-bats against advanced pitching.
Track Record: Soto has long had big league stuff, albeit with little idea of where each of his pitches are going. He’s racked up 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings over the course of his six-season career, but has mitigated those whiffs with 5.4 walks per nine innings. Still, the Tigers believe enough in the arm that they added him to their 40-man roster before the 2018 season. Scouting Report: Soto works from a three-quarter arm slot and generates an electric fastball that has touched as high as 96 mph and profiles as a plus pitch. Soto’s slider sits in the low 80s and is below-average, but shows promise of become an average offering down the line. His changeup lags behind, and he will have to work hard in order for it to get to an average grade. His body and frame are built to accrue innings, which shows in back-to-back seasons of 23 starts in the minors. The Future: While Soto needs to develop a better changeup and greatly improve his control in order to start, his fastball and slider are good enough for him to profile as a low-leverage reliever in the relatively near future.
Track Record: After three years at Louisville, Funkhouser gambled on himself. The Dodgers chose him with one of their two first round picks in 2015, but he opted to go back to school for another season. The gambit backfired, and he fell to the fourth round in 2017. Funkhouser dealt with a bout of elbow soreness in 2017, but he came back strong in 2018 before breaking his foot after a promotion to Triple-A. Scouting Report: Funkhouser’s fastball touches 95 but tends to sit comfortably in the low 90s. His changeup will be average in the future, and his two breaking pitches are of the same grade, though the consistency of both pitches varies from start to start. With average command, he can throw all of his pitches in different counts to give batters a different look. He also gets deception from a compact delivery. The Future: As he works to create some consistency with his secondary stuff, Funkhouser will spend more time at Double-A. With a plus fastball and other average offerings, he profiles to fit in as an innings-eater toward the back end of a rotation.
Track Record: Lugo came to Detroit as one of the pieces in the deal that sent J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks in 2017. He made his big league debut in 2018, providing help up the middle for the rebuilding Tigers. While not known for his bat, Lugo hit .269 in 123 games at Triple-A before the promotion. Although he smashed 17 home runs the prior season, Lugo has mostly doubles power. Scouting Report: Lugo’s hit tool is contact-oriented, as he hits for little power and doesn’t draw many walks. Primarily a third baseman, Lugo has been asked to move over to second for the time being. Although he isn’t a fast runner, his defense plays as average on the infield. Lugo is gifted with a plus arm, good enough to play on the left or right side of the diamond. The Future: Lugo will probably get at-bats at both Triple-A and the big leagues next year as he looks to adjust to the competition. He will also need more defensive repetitions at second base, which will help Detroit see where he best fits on the club. By moving around the infield, Lugo can help his case to become a reliable backup infielder.
Track Record: Shore moved between high Class A and Double-A a few times in 2018 before being dealt to Detroit as part of the package for righthander Mike Fiers. He logged 17 starts despite dealing with trapezius muscle issues that resulted in a trip to the disabled list. Scouting Report: Shore’s fastball will get into the low 90s with plus movement, but is seen as an average pitch. His best pitch is his changeup, which he throws with conviction in the upper 70s. The pitch grades as a future plus offering. Shore also features a curveball that sits in the mid-70s and is a clear third pitch. With a solid delivery and clean arm action, the righty shows solid command of his arsenal. The Future: After struggling in Double-A, Shore will need to spend more time adapting to better hitters in the upper minors. With a plus changeup, scouts think he can fit in at the back end of a rotation or as an effective member of the bullpen.
Track Record: Baez, signed on the strength of a projectable frame and a fastball that was bumping into the high 80s as a teenager, has slowly developed into the type of pitcher the Tigers hoped they were getting when they signed him as a 17-year-old. He’s moved slowly through the system, but was added to the 40-man roster before the 2018 season and made his major league debut. Scouting Report: Baez’s fastball is a true 70-grade pitch, sitting in the mid-90s and touching 99. His best secondary pitch is a changeup that shows hints of a future above-average offering because of the confidence and feel with which it is thrown. Baez also throws a slider, but his stiff wrist limits it to a below-average pitch. His frame is quite durable, even though he has a bit of a violent delivery that features a head whack. This hurts his control and causes it to grade out as below-average. The Future: Baez is another candidate for Detroit’s bullpen in 2019. His plus-plus fastball is a potent weapon, and his changeup gives him a solid, two-pitch combination.
Track Record: Even before Sodders was born, his family was already making an impact at Baseball America. His father, Mike, was the magazine’s first College Player of the Year back in 1981. The younger Sodders relies on pitchability and deception to get his outs, but he spent a large chunk of time in 2018 on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Scouting Report: Sodders’ fastball sits in the high 80s and can get into the low 90s. His out pitch is a swing and miss changeup that is a future 55-grade pitch. Sodders’ also throws a fringy curveball, but he spins it well enough to be average in the future. His above-average command helps him to get the most out of his arsenal. Sodders throws his glove hand up a bit during his delivery, which adds deception. The Future: Despite just eight starts in a return to high Class A Lakeland, Sodders could be in the mix for a spot at Double-A Erie in 2019. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter in the future.
Track Record: After three solid seasons at Alabama, Turnbull’s pro career has been pockmarked by injuries. He missed time with shoulder and elbow issues during the 2016 and 2017 seasons before achieving his largest career workload in terms of starts and innings in 2018. Scouting Report: The righthander throws four pitches, highlighted by a fastball that sits 93-94 but can touch as high as 96. Turnbull’s best secondary pitch is a low to mid-80s slider. While the pitch can be inconsistent, it shows average upside because of its depth. Both his curveball and changeup are fringe-average offerings. His funky arm action creates a sling-like throwing motion and hampers his control. The Future: Turnbull should find himself competing for a bullpen spot in Detroit come 2019.
Track Record: Garcia had starred as Miami’s closer for three seasons when the Tigers popped him with their sixth-round pick in 2016 and put him on the fast track. Garcia zoomed through all four full-season levels in 2017 before having Tommy John surgery that wiped out all of his 2018 season. Scouting Report: Garcia’s fastball is a plus pitch that gets into the upper 90s. He throws a slider that projects as an above-average pitch with tight shape and good movement. The slider is coupled with a changeup that should be an average pitch with more work. He has average command, which should be enough to be effective in the big leagues. The Future: With his maturity and plus stuff, Garcia could make his major league debut late in 2019 with good health, and a solid two-pitch mix could pave the way for a late-inning reliever role.
Track Record: Since his college days, Hall has been known for his curveball. He used the pitch to whiff 171 batters in 125 innings in his junior year at Missouri State before becoming the Tigers’ sixth-round pick in 2015.The pitch also helped him carve up the low minors, including 126 more strikeouts between two Class A levels in his first full pro season. Scouting Report: Hall fronts his three-pitch arsenal with a below-average fastball that sits in the high 80s and touches 90. His best pitch is his curveball, which he spins very well and throws in the upper 70s. His changeup is below-average, but has the potential to get to an average pitch with further refinement. He has average control of all his pitches. Detroit personnel point to improved command, especially with the fastball, as a big key for his success in the minors this year. The Future: Hall made his major league debut in 2018, and should be in the mix for a spot in the Tigers’ bullpen in 2019. Without a step forward with his fastball, Hall’s ceiling is a matchup lefty in the pen.
Track Record: Robson spent much of 2018 at Double-A before a promotion to Triple-A. He performed well, posting a .295/.376/.440 slash line across the two levels and leading the system with 142 hits and 29 doubles. His 11 home runs were a pleasant surprise in the power department, as his previous high was just three during the 2017 campaign. Scouting Report: Robson’s tools aren’t great, but he does bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the table. He is a plus runner who can fit defensively at all three outfield positions with an average throwing arm. His hit tool has the potential to be average, although the power grades out as below-average in spite of his double-digit home run season. Tigers’ evaluators love his energetic approach to the game. The Future: Robson should expect to spend more time at Triple-A if he does not make the roster out of spring training. He can do a bit of everything for his club, which adds to his versatility. The ability to play all three outfield spots while making solid contact creates a future role of a fourth outfielder moving forward.
Track Record: Woodrow hit .343 as Creighton’s leadoff hitter and starting center fielder as a junior to earn a draft selection in 2016. The undersized speedster has continued to perform in pro ball. He was an All-Star at low Class A in 2017 and Double-A in 2018, and capped his 2018 season with a standout showing in the Arizona Fall League. Scouting Report: A scrappy, versatile player with double-plus speed, Woodrow’s outfield range fits well in center field as he is able to cover plenty of ground in the gaps. A below average arm will ultimately keep him out of right field long-term. Woodrow’s swing does not generate much power, profiling as below-average, but he makes solid contact up the middle from the left side and takes his walks to consistently get on base. The Future: Woodrow will head to Triple-A in 2019. His speed and ability to get on-base should prove valuable as a backup outfielder sooner rather than later.
Track Record: After signing as a 16-year-old in 2011, Castro’s career has been a slow burn. He took five seasons--albeit with a Tommy John surgery included--to reach full-season ball. He reached the upper levels for the first time in 2018 in a three-start shellacking at Double-A Erie at midseason before heading back to high Class A Lakeland. Scouting Report: Castro sports a three-pitch mix, fronted by a fastball that works in the mid-90s. The best pitch of the arsenal is his changeup. Castro throws it with good arm action, and it has splitter movement that works down in the zone. His curveball projects as average in the future because it has solid depth and generates some swings and misses. Scouts like Castro’s mound presence and his competitive nature on the mound. He isn’t a strikeout machine, but moves the ball around effectively to get hitters out. The Future: Having three quality pitches should help Castro to adjust to Double-A after his disappointing stint in 2018. Although his stuff might not crack a rotation, the profile should be suited for a long relief role.
Track Record: McMillan was known mostly for his glove as an amateur, and scouts saw little power coming from a frame that lacked much in the way of projection. He earned strong marks for his receiving, and the Tigers liked his upside enough to draft him in the fifth round in 2017 and sign him to a $1 million bonus, which was the highest handed out in his round. Scouting Report: While McMillan has a potential plus hit tool, he doesn’t show much power at all--he notched just seven extra-base hits in 50 games--and relies mostly on a contact approach and a solid feel for the strike zone. Scouts weren’t impressed by his defense this year, noting a league-worst 14 passed balls. His arm is below-average, too, and he threw out just 27 percent of runners with Connecticut. There’s plenty of work to be done to get back to his highly touted pre-draft defensive grades. The Future: McMillan still has plenty of development remaining, and his profile still gives him a chance to be a backup catcher.
Track Record: Deatherage was excellent over his first two seasons at North Carolina State before hitting a rough patch in his junior year, when he hit just .218. He went back to school for his senior year and showed a power spurt. His 14 home runs in his final season with the Wolfpack exceeded his total for the previous three seasons combined. Drafted in the 10th round and signed for $10,000, he opened his pro career on a high note with three home runs in his first game. Scouting Report: The lefty swinger has a hit over power profile, with a future 45 hit tool on the 20-to-80 scouting scale and below-average power. His defense is above-average and he is a plus runner, which should allow him to play in any outfield position. His maturity and natural athleticism allow him to play above the sum of his toolset. The Future: He won’t be an offensive masher, but his instincts and athleticism could allow him to become a fourth outfielder in the future. The 2019 season should see Deatherage get more at-bats with high Class A Lakeland before he progresses to Double-A.
Track Record: Struggles at Sacred Heart scuttled Foley’s draft chances, but area scout Jim Bretz kept on him during the summer and signed him as an nondrafted free agent. He ranked as one of the organization’s hardest throwers and made it to high Class A Lakeland in 2017 before requiring Tommy John surgery that kept him out all of 2018. Scouting Report: The profile is highlighted by a 70-grade fastball that can touch triple digits and has good movement. Foley couples the pitch with a future-average slider. It’s a harder slider, registering in the mid to upper-80s. His changeup is also high velocity, showing in the high 80s but it’s not as reliable as his other offerings at the moment. His control is solid for now, with a future 55-grade in sight in the future. The Future: Once Foley rehabs from surgery, he should return to high Class A to continue his progression. His big fastball and solid slider make him a candidate for a late-inning bullpen role.
Track Record: The Angels signed Hernandez in 2015 based off his projectability and the present mid-80s fastball he was sporting when he was signed. The pitch ticked up shortly after he turned pro, and he turned in an excellent season in 2017 in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He was dealt to the Tigers for Ian Kinsler at the 2017 Winter Meetings. Scouting Report: Hernandez has a lively arm that produces fastballs that have touched 96 mph. It’s a future 60-grade pitch and pairs well with his curveball, which grades as future-average. His third-best pitch is a changeup, and he doesn’t have particularly good control of it at the moment. He has a solid pitcher’s body, and there is room for added physicality and further projection with his offerings. The Future: With an above-average fastball/curveball combination, Hernandez could eventually find relief work in higher-leverage situations. He will have to improve upon his control, which has the potential to be average. Hernandez will be ticketed for more time in the Midwest League in 2019.