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  1. 1. 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: RJ Burgess.
    Minors: .301/.387/.534 | 24 HR | 16 SB | 485 AB

    Track Record: Greene has yet to lose any momentum since being selected fifth overall in 2019. He signed for $6.18 million and hit the ground running in 2019, cascading three levels and hitting a combined .271/.347/.403 as he rose to Low-A West Michigan. Following the canceled 2020 minor league season, the Tigers challenged Greene once again in 2021 with an assignment to Double-A Erie. Once again, Greene excelled, hitting .298/.381/.525 and joining Spencer Torkelson as the Tigers’ representatives at the Futures Game in Denver. The Tigers tested Greene again in August with a promotion to Triple-A Toledo, where Greene exceeded expectations both offensively and defensively. Over 40 games with the Mud Hens, Greene slashed .308/.400/.553 with a .954 OPS and eight home runs to bring his single-season total to 29 homers. Although Greene was among the Tigers’ selections for the Arizona Fall League, a head injury suffered at the end of his Triple-A season continued to produce concussion-like symptoms, forcing the Tigers to retract Greene’s participation. He cleared concussion protocol shortly after and began his offseason routine in preparation for the 2022 season.

    Scouting Report: Greene has drawn plaudits for his elite feel and instincts as a hitter since he was a high school underclassman. Mixing exceptional talent with a mature approach and a high IQ, Greene possesses elite bat speed with a fluid, balanced stroke and does damage with plus raw power. As a power hitter, Greene made major strides in 2021 as he blossomed into a true longball threat. Despite aggressive assignments, Greene hit 24 home runs and produced strong slugging metrics across the board. This showed up in the analytical data as well, with Greene’s max exit velocity reaching 113.9 mph. Hitting the ball hard will not be a problem for Greene, but his ability to balance potential plus power with easy plus contact and hitting ability is what sets him apart from other prospects. He has continued to display advanced plate discipline and barrel control at every level, and he shows the ability to make adjustments from at-bat to at-bat when fooled. His physical gifts and advanced feel at the plate make him a potential plus-plus hitter who contends for batting titles and he has a chance to grow into 20-plus home run power. Defensively, the Tigers’ have played Greene plenty in center field, but he projects to be a corner outfielder down the road. No matter where Greene plays, his decisions are made with enough confidence to make difficult plays look easy thanks to fluid actions. His above-average speed and arm strength give him a future in right field.

    The Future: Greene only seems to thrive with every challenge, leading to the belief that he could make a case for a major league promotion before the all-star break, if not sooner. His consistent contact and fluid defense should allow him to seize a starting role quickly and begin his ascent to a perennial all-star who hits for average and power.

  2. 2. Spencer Torkelson | 1B/3B
    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: .267/.383/.552 | 30 HR | 5 SB | 431 AB

    Track Record: Torkelson broke Barry Bonds’ freshman home run record at Arizona State and established himself early as the top prospect in the 2020 draft class. The Tigers drafted him first overall and signed him for $8.146 million, the largest signing bonus for any player since MLB implemented the draft pool system in 2012. Torkelson reported to the Tigers’ alternate training site after he signed and made his pro debut in 2021. He hit 30 home runs as he jumped three levels from High-A to Triple-A and was selected for the Futures Game in Denver. The Tigers sent Torkelson to the Arizona Fall League after the season, but his campaign was cut short by a sprained ankle.

    Scouting Report: With strength in both physical appearance and performance, Torkelson punishes baseballs to all fields with 80-grade raw power and hits jaw-dropping home runs that demoralize opposing pitchers. More than just an all-or-nothing slugger, Torkelson complements his power with a polished eye for the strike zone, excellent hand-eye coordination and a mature approach that make him a plus hitter. Torkelson played his entire college career at first base and, even though the Tigers announced him as a third baseman on draft day, first base is his present and future home. Torkelson is only a fringe-average runner, but his natural athleticism, average arm strength and steady footwork have him positioned as to be at least an average defender.

    The Future: After steamrolling his way through three affiliates, Torkelson has a chance to make the Tigers’ roster out of spring training. If he doesn’t, his debut should come shortly after.

  3. 3. Jackson Jobe | RHP
    Jackson Jobe
    Born: Jul 30, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Steve Taylor.

    Track Record: The son of professional golfer Brandt Jobe, Jackson carried Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City) High to the Oklahoma 4A state championship as its star shortstop and top pitcher and won BA’s 2021 High School Player of the Year award. Though he had pro potential as a position player, he was the best high school pitcher in the class, leading the Tigers to select him third overall as a pitcher and sign him for $6.9 million to forgo his commitment to Mississippi. Jobe did not pitch after signing and did not take part in instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Jobe stands at a projectable 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and has plenty of room to add strength and fill out his frame. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and touches 96 with solid movement. His primary weapon is a plus-plus, high-spin slider with depth and bite that he expertly locates to both sides of the plate. His low-80s changeup with late dive is steadily improving and shows plus potential, and his above-average spike curveball with 11-to-5 break and depth could improve the more he works it into his arsenal. Jobe repeats his low-effort delivery and clean arm action for above-average control and is an excellent athlete with an advanced feel for pitching on the mound.

    The Future: Jobe’s arsenal and mature understanding of his craft could help him rise faster than most high school pitchers. He has at least mid-rotation potential and will begin his pro career in 2022.

  4. 4. 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: .239/.310/.407 | 12 HR | 1 SB | 322 AB

    Track Record: Dingler played both catcher and center field his freshman year at Ohio State before moving behind the plate full-time as a sophomore. His athleticism helped make him arguably the best defensive catcher in the 2020 draft class, and the Tigers drafted him 38th overall and signed him for $1,952,300, Dingler reported to the Tigers alternate training site after signing and made his pro debut in 2021. He quickly hit his way up to Double-A Erie, but he suffered a fractured finger tip on his left hand in early August when he got crossed up on a sign and finished the year slowly.

    Scouting Report: Dingler has a physical, well-proportioned frame and is a good athlete on both sides of the ball. He is a plus runner, rare for a catcher, and has cat-like reflexes behind the plate. He is relatively new to the position and is still learning it, but he has consistently improved both his framing and receiving with experience and projects to be an above-average defender. His best asset is his near plus-plus arm that shuts down the running game. While Dingler’s defense outshines his offense, he has increasingly learned to tap into his above-average raw power and does damage when he connects. He swings and misses too much to be more than an average hitter, but he projects to hit enough for a catcher.

    The Future: Dingler is fully recovered from his finger injury and will be ready for spring training. He is the Tigers’ catcher of the future and will be an asset behind the plate for their talented young pitchers.

  5. 5. 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/.326/.434 | 12 HR | 31 SB | 452 AB

    Track Record: A teammate of Spencer Torkelson’s at Arizona State, Workman quietly shined in Torkelson’s shadow and was selected in the fourth round by the Tigers in 2020, the same year they picked Torkelson first overall. After primarily playing third base in college, Workman spent most of his pro debut at shortstop and climbed from Low-A to High-A while showing an intriguing power-speed combination with 55 extra-base hits and 31 stolen bases.

    Scouting Report: Labeled insanely athletic by multiple observers, Workman is a defensive stalwart whose offense remains a work in progress. He’s a switch-hitter who is significantly better from the left side, but he does flash above-average power from both sides of the plate. He swings and misses too often to be more than an average hitter and will rely on his power to make an impact. Workman is extremely fluid defensively with clean hands, average range and an above-average arm strength. He’s an average defender at both shortstop and third base and can play whichever his team needs.Though he’s just an average runner, his instincts on the basepaths make him a stolen-base threat.

    The Future: Workman’s power and defense give him a path to an everyday job on the left side of the infield. He’ll move to Double-A in 2022.

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

    Track Record: A 34th-round pick of the Royals out of high school, Madden spent three years in Texas’ starting rotation and won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year in 2021. Expected to be one of the top pitchers selected in the draft, he instead slid to the supplemental first round, where the Tigers excitedly scooped him up with the 32nd overall pick and signed him for an above-slot $2.5 million bonus. The Tigers opted not to send him to an affiliate after he pitched 113.2 innings for the Longhorns in the spring.

    Scouting Report: Madden combines top-end velocity with above-average control and is more consistent than most pitchers his age. His fastball sits 94-96 mph and touches 99 mph and is extremely effective when he pitches down in the zone with it. He complements his heater with a plus slider in the mid-80s that draws swings and misses and rounds out his arsenal with a developing curveball with solid depth and changeup with late fade, both of which project to be average pitches. Madden gets hit when he pitches up in the zone, so keeping the ball down is paramount to his success. He throws plenty of strikes and is a confident, poised presence on the mound.

    The Future: Madden’s struggles pitching up in the zone raise questions, but his arsenal and demeanor are more than enough for him to be a solid back-end starter. He is set to make his pro debut in 2022 and could rise up the system quickly.

  7. 7. Ryan Kreidler | SS
    Ryan Kreidler
    Born: Nov 12, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 208
    Signed By: Tim McWilliam.
    Minors: .270/.349/.454 | 22 HR | 15 SB | 482 AB

    Track Record: The son of sports writer and author Mark Kreidler, Ryan long drew raves for his defense but didn’t hit until his junior year at UCLA. The Tigers drafted him in the fourth round in 2019 and signed him for $517,400. Kreidler spent 2020 at the Tigers alternate training site and emerged as a vastly improved hitter in 2021. He hit .270 with 22 home runs, 58 RBIs and 15 stolen bases between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo and became the fastest-rising prospect in the Tigers system.

    Scouting Report: Kreidler is a strong, physical presence at 6-foot-4, 208 pounds and is impressively athletic for his size. He has a quick first step, moves extremely well with light feet and is a cerebral defender with excellent instincts and a knack for reading swings. His soft hands and plus arm strength make him a plus defender anywhere on the infield, and he often sets the defense with his natural leadership qualities. Kreidler generates plus raw power with ease and has improved his ability to get to it, but he swings and misses too often against better pitching and projects to be a below-average hitter. His average speed and solid instincts make him a base-stealing threat.

    The Future: Kreidler’s infield defense and power make him a strong utility candidate, and he could be a starter if he keeps improving offensively. He is in position to make his debut in 2022.

  8. 8. 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 was one of the top amateur players in Cuba before he left the country at age 16 to train in the Dominican Republic and showcase himself for MLB teams. The Tigers signed him for $2.85 million in 2019, the largest international signing bonus they awarded that year. Campos’ pro debut was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he finally got his career underway in 2021 in the Florida Complex League. He hit just .221 but also showed his power with eight home runs and a .441 slugging percentage in the FCL.

    Scouting Report: Campos has a frame physically developed beyond his years. He already stands 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and still has room to get even bigger and stronger. Campos is a power hitter first and foremost. He has the bat speed and strength to drive the ball out to any part of the field and boasts plus raw power that could still tick up as he matures. Campos shows flashes of advanced instincts in the batter’s box but still has some edges that need polishing. He doesn’t strike out often but is still learning what pitches he can drive. Campos is an average runner who may slow down as he gets bigger. He plays center field now but projects to move to right, where his above-average arm strength will fit.

    The Future: Campos is set to make his full-season debut with Low-A Lakeland in 2022. His ascent will be more of a slow and steady progression than a quick rise, but he has a chance to be an everyday corner outfielder if everything clicks.

  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: The Tigers acquired Wentz in the 2019 trade that sent Shane Greene to the Braves, but the lefthander suffered an elbow injury shortly after that required Tommy John surgery. He returned to the mound in 2021 and went an unsightly 0-7, 4.50 in 18 starts between High-A and Double-A, but he struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings and got better as the year went on.

    Scouting Report: Wentz is a big, physical presence at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and has feel to manipulate his three-pitch mix and keep opposing batters on the defensive. His low-90s fastball plays up with late life and pairs well with his above-average, mid-80s changeup. He mixes in an average curveball with late break and mixes his pitches to keep batters guessing. Wentz’s control has long been fringe-average and he is erratic in general. He will often cruise for three or four innings before unraveling.

    The Future: Wentz is still young and could see his stuff tick up as he moves farther away from surgery. He projects as a back-end starter who caps at five innings or a long reliever.

  10. 10. Izaac Pacheco | SS
    Izaac Pacheco
    Born: Nov 18, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: George Schaefer.
    Minors: .226/.339/.330 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 106 AB

    Track Record: Pacheco showed some of the biggest power in the high school class but also swung and missed more than ideal. The Tigers took the optimistic view and drafted Pacheco in the second round, No. 39 overall, and signed him for an above-slot $2.75 million to forgo a Texas A&M commitment. Pacheco made his pro debut in the Florida Complex League after signing and showed impressive physicality and raw power, but he hit just .226 with one home run and a 34% strikeout rate.

    Scouting Report: Pacheco is every bit of 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and has a powerful lefthanded swing. He looks for pitches on the inner half of the plate and turns on them with giant hacks, sometimes rotating and landing on one knee a la Adrian Beltre. He has plus-plus raw power, solid bat speed and natural loft in his swing. How much Pacheco will get to his power is in question. He recognizes pitches, but struggles with anything on the outer half and swings and misses an inordinate amount. He projects to be no more than a below-average hitter and has substantial gains to make to get there. Pacheco plays a solid shortstop for his large frame with clean hands and plus arm strength, but his future home is third base, where he could be an above-average defender.

    The Future: Pacheco’s biggest challenge will be proving he can make enough contact to get to his power. If he can, he has to be a dangerous lefthanded power threat in the Tigers’ lineup.

  11. 11. Cristian Santana | SS
    Cristian Santana
    Born: Nov 25, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.
    Signed By: Aldo Perez/Carlos Santana.

    Track Record: The Tigers persistently tracked Santana’s progress as an amateur in the Dominican Republic and signed him to a team-record $2.95 million bonus when the 2021 international signing period opened. He rewarded the club’s renewed focus on the international market by performing well in his Dominican Summer League debut, hitting .269/.421/.520 in 54 games.

    Scouting Report: Santana is already showing signs of developing into a future impact bat. He has an advanced approach at the plate, mature pitch recognition and a fluid swing that leads to loads of hard contact. He posted exit velocities up to 106 mph in the DSL, an impressive number for an 18-year-old, and his swing is geared toward lifting the ball in the air. He’ll need to continue to grow into his frame to tap into more power, but the foundation is there. He projects as a future average infielder defensively with advanced footwork and instincts beyond his years. Santana’s arm is average, but his quickness and natural feel allow him to navigate the infield with ease.

    The Future: Santana’s development path is going to take a long time and the Tigers don’t plan to expedite it, but he shows exciting hitting qualities.

  12. 12. Manuel Sequera | SS
    Manuel Sequera
    Born: Sep 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Jesus Mendoza.
    Minors: .246/.314/.509 | 11 HR | 1 SB | 171 AB

    Track Record: Considered by many to be one Detroit’s top signings during the 2019 international signing period. Sequera added strength over the shutdown and re-emerged a power hitting shortstop likely to move off of the position. He spent the summer in the Florida Complex League with the Tigers East squad, winning the circuit’s home run title and ranking No. 8 on the FCL Top 10 Prospects list.

    Scouting Report: A physical player with a broad shouldered power hitter’s build. The added muscle and physicality manifested itself in big power numbers for Sequera, as he showed a knack for the barrel, deploying a simple, fluid righthanded swing with natural loft, and few moving parts outside a pronounced leg kick. The simplicity of Sequera’s load allows him to adjust to pitch height and sit back on breaking balls. His bat-to-ball skills are above-average, and enough to overcome aggressive, and at times immature swing decisions. As this area of Sequera’s game adds refinement his strikeout numbers should decrease. In the field Sequera is limited by a lack of range. He made 39 starts at shortstop this summer, but looks likely to move off of the position long term. He projects to move to third base where his strong throwing arm should suffice. A below-average runner, Sequera’s game is predicated on hard contact and bat-to-ball skills.

    The Future: With a strong debut season under his belt, Sequera should see assignment to Low-A Lakeland out of camp, where he’s likely to see time at a variety of spots in the infield. His combination of feel to hit, above-average power, and a strong throwing arm give him the look of a potential power-hitting corner infielder.

  13. 13. Colt Keith | 3B
    Colt Keith
    Born: Aug 14, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Biloxi, Miss., 2020 (5th round).
    Signed By: Mike Smith.
    Minors: .286/.396/.393 | 2 HR | 4 SB | 224 AB

    Track Record: The Tigers nabbed Keith, the 2019 Mississippi High School Player of the Year, for $500,000 in the fifth round of the 2020 draft. The pandemic delayed his pro debut to 2021, when Keith slashed .286/.396/.393 at three levels, reaching High-A West Michigan by the end of the season.

    Scouting Report: Keith was a legitimate two-way prospect in high school at both shortstop and pitcher. He hasn’t pitched so far as a professional—Detroit likes his profile at third base long-term—but it’s easy to see his natural athleticism. He shows a plus arm at third base while continuing to develop feel for the position. He also flashes plus run times, although he’s likely to settle in as an average runner. Offensively, Keith showed impressive bat-to-ball skills amid a challenging assignment. He hit just two homers, but scouts still believe there’s plus raw power in his lefthanded swing. Much of Keith’s development hinges on continued maturation of his approach while also tapping into his power more consistently as his frame fills out.

    The Future: Detroit’s crowded pool of infield prospects may ultimately push Keith to an outfield spot, but he has the upside of an everyday big leaguer.

  14. 14. Dylan Smith | RHP
    Dylan Smith
    Born: May 28, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Mike Smith

    Track Record: Smith emerged as Alabama’s ace during his junior spring and the Tigers made him their third-round selection in the 2021 draft and signed him to an above-slot bonus of $1.12 million. Smith, who was initially drafted by the Padres in 2018 out of high school, steadily added muscle to his projectable frame and watched his fastball velocity tick up throughout college.

    Scouting Report: Smith reportedly added 30 pounds of good weight in college and his fastball now touches 95 mph while sitting comfortably in the 92-93 mph range. He shows hitters a four-pitch mix, but scouts believe his slider is his strongest secondary offering. It’s a mid-to-upper 80s pitch with slurvy shape that Smith uses as a putaway pitch. Scouts see his work-in-progress changeup developing into a fringe-average pitch, and his low-80s curveball has shown good depth, working in tandem with his four-seam to keep hitters off balance. Smith was a reliever his first two years at Alabama before moving to the starting rotation following an improvement in command of his arsenal entering the 2021 spring.

    The Future: Set to make his pro debut in 2022, Smith needs to prove to scouts those command gains can hold in the pro ranks. If he does, he’ll remain on a starter’s track.

  15. 15. Reese Olson | RHP
    Reese Olson
    Born: Jul 31, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Steve Smith (Brewers)
    Minors: 8-5 | 3.96 ERA | 114 SO | 51 BB | 105 IP

    Track Record: Olson was drafted by the Brewers in 2018 and then dealt to the Tigers at the 2021 trade deadline in exchange for lefthander Daniel Norris. Prior to the deal, Olson posted a 4.30 ERA at Milwaukee’s High-A Wisconsin affiliate, the same club he pitched for in 2019 when it was previously a Low-A affiliate. Detroit promoted him to Double-A Erie shortly after the trade, where he made five starts.

    Scouting Report: Olson’s four-pitch mix grabs the attention of scouts, but so does his violent delivery and inconsistent command. He attacks hitters with a mid-90s fastball and scouts believe there’s still room for a touch more velocity. However, despite above-average velocity, the pitch lacks movement, and deception at release. He mixes a trio of strong secondaries that all generated whiffs at a rate of 40% or higher in 2021. The best of that group is an above-average changeup with heavy fade and tumble, generating both ground balls and whiffs at a high rate. His pair of breaking balls show distinctive shape and sharp break. His low-80s sweeper slider sees higher usage than the curveball in large part due to its dominance against righthanded hitters. His curveball is a mid-to-high-70s downer, with two-plane break, and is used primarily versus lefthanders as an alternative to his changeup. Olson needs to demonstrate more consistent command of his arsenal to project long term in a starting role, as he walked nearly 12% of hitters with High-A Wisconsin in 2021.

    The Future: There’s considerable reliever risk, but due to Olson’s fastball velocity and deep quality mix of secondaries he could become an effective multi-inning relief option down the road.

  16. 16. 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: .232/.285/.392 | 13 HR | 8 SB | 449 AB

    Track Record: Cabrera was a consistent three-year performer in college at Louisiana State, and the Tigers knew him well when they made him their second-round selection in 2020 thanks to general manager Al Avila’s connection to the program. Cabrera posted a .910 OPS and hit 22 homers as an amateur in the SEC, but his professional debut wasn’t particularly powerful. He hit .242/.300/.395 in 99 games with High-A West Michigan and struggled mightily after being promoted to Double-A Erie, hitting .174 in 17 games.

    Scouting Report: Cabrera lacks a true carrying tool, but he’s always impressed scouts with a fluid lefthanded swing, solid hand-eye coordination and bat speed. His approach was tested at times in 2021, especially against upper-level pitching, and he’s susceptible to effective breaking balls when his swing mechanics fall out of sync. His swing is heavily hands driven which can lead to a variety of timing issues, and professional pitchers exploited this. Defensively, Cabrera worked hard to improve his athleticism to the point where he’s a viable option in right field in addition to left field. Despite his average speed, Cabrera boasts above-average arm strength and advanced instincts which boost his overall fielding grade.

    The Future: Set to turn 24 years old in September, Cabrera was considered a potential quick-mover as an amateur, but he’ll need to refine his eye to jump back on a fast track.

  17. 17. Kody Clemens | 2B
    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: .245/.309/.458 | 18 HR | 4 SB | 380 AB

    Track Record: The son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, Kody was the 2018 Big 12 Conference player of the year at Texas. Detroit drafted the younger Clemens in the third round of the 2018 draft and signed him to a $600,000 bonus. His development has been slow, but he reached Triple-A Toledo in 2021 and was added to the 40-man roster after the season.

    Scouting Report: Clemens is touted for his raw power and aggressive infield defense. He logged the bulk of his defensive action at second base, where he showed a quick first step and above-average instincts. Clemens’ arm isn’t flashy, but his accuracy and quick release balance that out. He also spent time in right field for the first time as a professional. It took Clemens some time to rediscover his natural raw power, but he ultimately hit a career-best 18 homers with Toledo, showing improved ability to hit to all fields with a fluid line-drive stroke. It’s above-average raw power, but his flatter bat path leads to a high rate of ground balls. Further adjustments to add more loft to his barrel at contact could reap the rewards a high average exit velocity of 90.4 mph usually produces.

    The Future: Clemens will need to show his bat can continue to adjust to upper-level pitching in 2022.

  18. 18. Beau Brieske | RHP
    Beau Brieske
    Born: Apr 5, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Joey Lothrop
    Minors: 9-4 | 3.12 ERA | 116 SO | 23 BB | 107 IP

    Track Record: Following a pedestrian high school career, mostly as an outfielder, Brieske grew three inches during his freshman year at Glendale Community College and converted to full-time pitching. He transferred to Division II Colorado State-Pueblo his junior season and struck out 116 batters across 79.2 innings. The Tigers selected Brieske in the 27th round of the 2019 draft.

    Scouting Report: Brieske made the most of the time allotted by the shutdown of 2020, connecting with his junior college pitching coach and following a rigorous regiment. Assigned to High-A West Michigan out of minor league camp, evaluators saw not only improved stuff, but pitchability and feel for the game. Mixing a four-pitch arsenal led by a fastball sitting 92-95 mph with above-average spin and ride, Brieske works the top of the zone with his heater before attacking low gloveside with a tight slider in the mid 80s and low armside with a changeup in the low 80s. The changeup is an above-average offering with hard armside run and an average of over 10 mph of separation from his fastball. Early in counts he’ll show a 12-6 curveball in the mid-to-high 70s, but it’s a fringe pitch used to change hitters’ eye levels.

    The Future: A combination of three average or better pitches, above-average command, and a brilliant understanding of sequencing, Brieske has quickly developed into a legitimate starting pitching prospect as he enters 2022. Brieske should return to Double-A Erie to begin the season after making eight strong starts there in 2021.

  19. 19. Tyler Mattison | RHP
    Tyler Mattison
    Born: Sep 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: Jim Bretz

    Track Record: The Tigers were sold on Mattison’s increased velocity and power pitcher’s build, selecting the Northeast Conference’s Pitcher of the Year in the fourth round of the 2021 draft out of Bryant for an under-slot $400,000 bonus. Mattison is the highest draft pick in Bryant history. He did not make his professional debut in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Scouts highlighted the uptick in velocity early in 2021, noting Mattison seemed more confident attacking the strike zone. His fastball sits in the 92-95 mph range and touches 97 mph with natural downhill plane, and Mattison held his velocity deep into starts. Scouts view Mattison’s changeup as his strongest secondary, and it pairs well with his curveball. Both have solid-average potential. He also added a cutter/slider hybrid into his arsenal, but threw it less frequently and scouts think he needs to gain more confidence in the offering. Mattison repeats his delivery well, throwing all his pitches from a high arm slot.

    The Future: Mattison is already one of the more advanced college pitchers in the Tigers’ pipeline and will likely open the 2022 season at High-A West Michigan. Considering his age and evolving arsenal, Mattison could move quickly through Detroit’s system.

  20. 20. 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.

    Track Record: Faedo was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2017 College World Series in his final season at Florida, and it was no surprise when the Tigers locked him in as their first-round selection in 2017 for $3.5 million. Injuries, including Tommy John surgery as well as a positive test for Covid-19, and ineffectiveness have plagued Faedo’s career to this point. He hasn’t pitched since 2019, when he struck out 134 hitters with Double-A Erie. The figure ranked third among all Tigers prospects that season, behind only Tarik Skubal and Matt Manning.

    Scouting Report: Since his days at Florida, Faedo’s slider has always been his signature pitch. There was concern early in his professional career about a drop in his fastball velocity, but the pitch slowly worked back to its previous form. With those two pitches Faedo also blends a changeup that was below-average at the close of the 2019 season. There were also questions about how much his unorthodox delivery would hinder the progression of his command and control.

    The Future: Faedo’s rehab work will dictate his future with the Tigers, and there’s a growing likelihood he transitions to a relief role once he returns.

  21. 21. Jason Foley | RHP
    Jason Foley
    Born: Nov 1, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Jim Bretz
    Minors: 1-1 | 4.41 ERA | 36 SO | 19 BB | 35 IP

    Track Record: The Tigers signed Foley, who was college teammates at Sacred Heart with Tigers infielder Zack Short, as a nondrafted free agent. Scouts were impressed by a velocity spike that led to regular triple-digit readings. Foley broke out with Class-A West Michigan in 2017, but Tommy John surgery cost him his 2018 season. The pandemic wiped out 2020, but Foley made his big league debut in June 2021.

    Scouting Report: Foley’s signature is unquestionably his plus fastball, which has regained its upper-90s velocity since surgery. Despite premium velocity, hitters timed Foley’s four-seam fastball fairly well in the minors, and he worked with the Tigers to add a two-seamer to his repertoire. The pitch features heavy arm-side run and sink, but he’s still learning to command the pitch’s heavy movement. The two fastball variations played off of each other, allowing his four-seam to play up as a swing-and-miss pitch when elevated. He has gained more confidence in his tight mid-80s slider, which missed bats at a high rate in 2021. He works primarily with a sinker-slider mix, looking to drive weak ground ball contact at a high rate. He’ll mix in a split-changeup that misses bats even as he’s gaining feel for the pitch.

    The Future: For Foley, the biggest question will be his health. If he’s able to maintain longevity, the Tigers should have a dependable relief option for years to come.

  22. 22. Wilmer Flores | RHP
    Wilmer Flores
    Born: Feb 20, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Joey Lothrop
    Minors: 6-4 | 3.68 ERA | 90 SO | 24 BB | 66 IP

    Track Record: The younger brother of major leaguer Wilmer Flores, the righthander signed as a nondrafted free agent in 2020 out of Arizona Western JC. He began his professional career with four appearances in the Florida Complex League before seeing promotion to Low-A Lakeland in mid-July.

    Scouting Report: Flores deploys a four-pitch arsenal that leans heavily on a fastball and curveball combination. The fastball is a higher spin four-seam with natural cut sitting 93-95 mph touching 98 mph at peak. He commands the fastball fairly well showing a healthy preference to his armside. His low-80s curveball features 11-5 movement with heavy two-plane break and moderate depth. His command of the pitch comes and goes, but at it’s best he can land it on the bottom of the zone to steal strikes, or bury it glove side for chases and whiffs. He throws a high-80s cutter and a mid-80s changeup as well, but each pitch was hit hard in 2021 and grades out as below-average. Evaluators like the power of Flores fastball and curveball combination and can envision the righthander settling into a middle relief role.

    The Future: The Detroit scouting department did a good job identifying Flores’ upside and signed him as an NDFA. He rewarded the organization with a strong performance across a pair of levels. With high octane stuff and the ability to miss bats and throw strikes, Flores has the look of a feature middle relief arm used in single inning appearances.

  23. 23. 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: De la Cruz’s $1.8 million bonus was the largest of any Tigers 2018 international signing. He dazzled in his Dominican Summer League debut the next summer, slashing .307/.375/.556 with 11 home runs. He impressed again in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League in 2021, earning a promotion to Low-A Lakeland, where he hit .127 in 39 games.

    Scouting Report: De la Cruz has drawn praise for his all-out style of play and intriguing mix of tools. He has the ability to produce hard contact thanks to his plus bat speed, but it comes with plenty of swing-and-miss. De la Cruz’s strikeout rates hovered around 30% in rookie ball and ballooned to 46.8% in his first taste of Low-A. Still, De la Cruz was just 19 years old and some scouts are optimistic he’ll cut that number down with more reps. Defensively, De la Cruz boasts plus speed and a plus arm, which profiles well across the outfield. Some scouts seem to believe right field could be the best fit for him as he fills out.

    The Future: After getting his feet wet with Lakeland in 2021, De la Cruz’s chances of advancing depend strongly on cutting his strikeout rate.

  24. 24. Adinso Reyes | SS
    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: .184/.272/.356 | 7 HR | 1 SB | 163 AB

    Track Record: The Tigers signed Reyes to a $1.45 million bonus in 2018, coveting his natural strength and projectable frame. He debuted the following year in the Dominican Summer League and hit .331/.379/.508. The missed year of development in 2020 didn’t help the 20-year-old, who struggled in 2021, hitting a combined .184/.272/.356 during his time in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: There’s plenty to dream on with Reyes. In addition to his pure strength, Reyes has a knack for hard contact and flashes the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He’s still a work in progress at the plate with several elements of his swing and approach needing refinement. Reyes’ overly aggressive approach and downward bat path are both potential areas of improvement, and he chased pitches outside the zone at an alarming rate of 47.4%. His naturally long swing led to a high rate of in-zone swing and miss and his habit of chopping downward led to a near 50% ground ball rate. He struggled mightily versus breaking balls, but did show the ability to handle velocity. Defensively, evaluators are optimistic he can handle shortstop because of his arm strength and smooth footwork, but note he has the athleticism to handle third base if his size pushes him in that direction.

    The Future: Reyes has upside, but he’ll have to make significant adjustments to his swing and approach. He’s expected to move through the system slowly.

  25. 25. Eliezer Alfonzo | C
    Eliezer Alfonzo
    Born: Sep 23, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 155
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Alejandro Rodriguez/Raul Leiva.
    Minors: .287/.337/.407 | 8 HR | 3 SB | 369 AB

    Track Record: Alfonzo has quietly drawn praise for his developmental progress since signing with Detroit out of Venezuela in 2016, especially after breaking out in the Dominican Summer League in 2018 by hitting .391/.485/.500 in 33 games. He split his time between Low-A Lakeland and High-A West Michigan in 2021, hitting .287 with eight homers between the two levels.

    Scouting Report: Alfonzo moves more quickly than his solid frame might suggest and can add more defensive polish if he continues to keep his weight in check. In 59 games behind the plate, Alfonzo allowed just one passed ball. At the plate, he has solid bat-to-ball skills and a compact swing geared to contact. He doesn’t walk much, and needs to shore up his approach against more advanced pitching, especially against breaking stuff. Coaches who have worked with Alfonzo point out his natural leadership ability.

    The Future: After posting respectable production at High-A West Michigan in 2021, Alfonzo is expected to return to the level to start 2022.

  26. 26. 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: .210/.292/.331 | 8 HR | 9 SB | 366 AB

    Track Record: Meadows is the younger brother of current Rays outfielder Austin Meadows. Parker, who was drafted in the second round in 2018, has yet to put it all together offensively and spent nearly all of 2021 with High-A West Michigan, hitting .208/.290/.330 over 94 games.

    Scouting Report: The Tigers may be waiting for the bat to come around, but there’s no denying the defensive potential. Few outfielders have the ability to move as well as Meadows. He produces some of the fastest sprint speeds in the system, and his advanced routes and instincts allow him to handle center field without issue. He also has a plus arm. Offensively, Meadows has struggled to shorten his naturally long swing. While Meadows has plenty of raw power, he has yet to tap into it on a regular basis.

    The Future: Meadows is one of the best defensive outfielders in the system, but he needs to start hitting consistently.

  27. 27. Abel Bastidas | SS
    Abel Bastidas
    Born: Nov 24, 2003
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Jesus Mendoza

    Track Record: The Tigers thought highly enough of Bastidas to sign him to a $1.175 million bonus, the second-largest deal in their 2021 international signing class. He appeared in 54 games with Detroit’s Dominican Summer League team, slashing .188/.324/.276.

    Scouting Report: Bastidas is still in the early stages of his development, but it’s clear his bat is going to be the focal point as his body fills out. He produces a fluid swing from both sides of the plate and showed good hand-eye coordination as an amateur. He doesn’t impact the ball with much authority now, but there’s plenty of physical projection left on his long and lanky frame, and scouts project potential for future average power. As an amateur, Bastidas trained with Cesar and Maicer Izturis and received praise for his polished defensive profile. Bastidas’ slick glove remains intact. He manages the infield with light footwork, an above-average arm, good throwing accuracy and instincts well beyond his years.

    The Future: Detroit is working to bolster its international presence and Bastidas, along with Cristian Santana, represents a strong step forward. Now, Tigers player development must work with Bastidas on his offensive development while his body matures.

  28. 28. 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 was the American Athletic Conference player of the year as a sophomore at East Carolina, and the Tigers made him their fifth-round pick the next year in 2019. His offensive prowess showed up in his pro debut, when he posted a 162 wRC+ with Low-A West Michigan and advanced to High-A. He returned to High-A in 2021, but hit just .222/.310/.369.

    Scouting Report: Packard has been viewed as a bat-first prospect since his college days. He possesses an advanced, fluid lefthanded stroke and has enough strength in his frame to produce easy raw power. Packard has a polished eye and trimmed his strikeout rate by 2.5% in 2021 compared to 2019. Packard’s limited athleticism and lack of speed make him best suited to left field. If that’s the case, he’ll need to do damage at the plate with consistency. While Packard has earned praise regarding his work ethic, his limited athleticism and lack of speed make his profile best suited for left field. His offense will continue to be his selling tool as long as it stands up against advanced pitching.

    The Future: The Tigers still believe in Packard’s bat and are likely to test him in 2022 against upper-level pitching.

  29. 29. 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

    Track Record: The Cubs made Richan their second-round pick in 2018 out of San Diego. He was one of two pitchers dealt to the Tigers in the 2019 Nick Castellanos deal, along with righty Alex Lange. Richan opened 2021 with Double-A Erie, but threw just 29 innings before being placed on the injured list in late June, ending his season.

    Scouting Report: None of Richan’s pitches grades as better than average, but his whole arsenal gets a boost thanks to impressive command and a smooth delivery. Richan’s fastball sits between 88-92 mph, touching as high as 94 mph. It doesn’t generate many whiffs, but Richan locates it well. His primary offspeed is a low-80s slider that gets swings and misses at an above-average rate. Richan also mixes in a curveball and a changeup that are dependable pieces, but lack the impact of his fastball or slider.

    The Future: Richan doesn’t have much margin for error, but he has enough control and deception to profile as a potential low-leverage big league relief option.

  30. 30. Andre Lipcius | 3B
    Andre Lipcius
    Born: May 22, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .243/.321/.399 | 12 HR | 7 SB | 424 AB

    Track Record: Lipcius hit 16 homers as a junior at Tennessee in 2019, enticing the Tigers to select the nuclear engineering major in the third round of that year’s draft and add him to their strong infield pipeline. That power hasn’t translated to pro ball. He’s hit just 14 home runs in 677 minor league at-bats and his only slugging percentage better than .400 came in a 22-game sample at High-A this past season.

    Scouting Report: Advanced hand-eye coordination helps Lipcius post consistent contact rates. While scouts see no major flaws in his swing from the right side, there’s some question as to whether he’ll ever hit for much power. Versatility has been his calling card dating back to his college days at Tennessee, and Lipcius split his time defensively between third base and second base in 2021. He leans on his advanced instincts at both positions and is a fluid defender despite speed that is just average.

    The Future: Lipcius’ future depends entirely on his offensive progression, and he faces a crowded infield depth chart at the upper levels of Detroit’s system.

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