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  1. 1. Jackson Jobe | RHP
    Jackson Jobe
    Born: Jul 30, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Steve Taylor.
    Minors: 2-5 | 4.50 ERA | 68 SO | 22 BB | 60 IP

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    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.

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

  2. 2. Jace Jung | 2B
    Jace Jung
    Born: Oct 4, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .226/.314/.290 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 31 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    August Update: Being a first-round pick is in the Jung bloodlines, as older brother Josh was selected eighth overall in the 2019 draft by the Rangers. There is a chance the younger Jung can top that pick, as he put together another stellar spring campaign. The sturdy 6-foot, 205-pound lefthanded hitter is one of the best pure bats in the college class. Jung brings an old-school approach to the plate in terms of hitting the ball where it's pitched and has displayed power to all fields in his time at Texas Tech. His gap-to-gap approach will remain the same in the pro ranks and his home run power should translate to a wood bat as well. Though his offensive setup is unique (with the bat head pointed to the backstop), after his load he is in a perfect position to strike and let his hands work. Like most offensive threats, Jung does have a tendency to get “too big” or over swing trying to do too much. However, plate discipline is not a problem, as Jung walked 59 times compared to 42 strikeouts this spring and has a career walk rate of 19.9%. Defensively, Jung won't wow you with an overall athletic profile, but you can count on the routine plays being made with an average, accurate arm. His baseball IQ and adequate reads off the bat will allow him to stay on the dirt at the next level, with most action being at second base, third base or first base if needed. Jung backs his game up with very high makeup. Certainly the type of player you want in the clubhouse as his leadership at Texas Tech speaks for itself. With Jung's high baseball IQ, plate discipline and hit tool with power behind it, he could be a fast-mover through a minor league system and should go in the top half of the first round.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 60. Run: 40. Field: 45. Arm: 50.

  3. 3. Wilmer Flores | RHP
    Wilmer Flores
    Born: Feb 20, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: Joey Lothrop
    Minors: 5-2 | 2.16 ERA | 102 SO | 16 BB | 80 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    May Update: In 2020, Flores walked more than a batter an inning at Arizona Western JC (12 walks in 11.2 IP). The Tigers signed him as a nondrafted free agent anyway and just two years later, he' s emerged as one of the team' s best pitching prospects. Flores' mid-90s fastball is impressive, but it' s his hard, 12-to-6 77-83 mph curveball that causes hitters the biggest issues. Flores has complete confidence in his ability to land it for strikes or bury it depending on the situation. His once shaky control is now plus or even plus-plus. He' s walked two batters in his first 19.2 innings and has a 72.2% strike percentage, far beyond the MiLB average of 63%.

    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.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 40. Cutter: 40. Control: 60.

  4. 4. Ty Madden | RHP
    Ty Madden
    Born: Feb 21, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: George Schaefer.
    Minors: 7-4 | 3.25 ERA | 98 SO | 33 BB | 97 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    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.

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

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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    May Update: Keith has been one of the Tigers best performers in the early going. He combines solid swing decisions with the power to make an impact when he does connect.

    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.

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

  6. 6. Peyton Graham | SS
    Peyton Graham
    Born: Jan 26, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .238/.429/.286 | 0 HR | 3 SB | 21 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: Listed at 6-foot-4, 171-pounds, Graham is a lanky righthanded hitter who has done nothing but hit since he stepped foot on campus. With Graham's steady offensive improvement that has taken place every year, his draft eligible campaign falls nothing short of excellent. Through 59 games prior to super regionals, Graham slashed .339/.420/.661 with 19 home runs, 14 doubles and 32 stolen bases. He is a bit of a free swinger, and will expand the zone at times with a strikeout rate around 20% for his career. With more of an upright stance, Graham relies on a leg kick as a timing mechanism before settling into his power position. With a loose, quick set of hands, the barrel fires through the zone with bat speed and leverage producing exit velocities up to 108 mph. Though most of his action is to the pull side, Graham has demonstrated straight away loft power as well. Contributing on the left side of the dirt in his time with the Sooners, Graham made the transition from third base to shortstop this spring. Evaluators like his athleticism and range accompanied by above average arm strength. He does have a quick first step and the instincts off the barrel needed to stick at the position, and there's no glaring reason why he couldn't stick at the position long term, with plenty of defensive versatility if he needs to move. Graham is an above-average runner who's been an efficient base stealer this spring. The biggest question in his profile revolves around his body, as he's ultra lean now and has been throughout his time at Oklahoma.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 55. Field: 55. Arm: 55.

  7. 7. Dillon Dingler | C
    Dillon Dingler
    Born: Sep 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Ohio State, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Austin Cousino.
    Minors: .240/.337/.415 | 11 HR | 0 SB | 325 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    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.

    Scouting Grades:Hit: 45. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 70.

  8. 8. Ryan Kreidler | SS
    Ryan Kreidler
    Born: Nov 12, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 208
    Signed By: Tim McWilliam.
    Minors: .212/.351/.418 | 7 HR | 12 SB | 165 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    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.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  9. 9. Izaac Pacheco | 3B
    Izaac Pacheco
    Born: Nov 18, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: George Schaefer.
    Minors: .268/.343/.429 | 10 HR | 12 SB | 340 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    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.

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

  10. 10. Roberto Campos | OF
    Roberto Campos
    Born: Jun 14, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2019.
    Signed By: Aldo Perez/Oliver Arias.
    Minors: .248/.317/.379 | 5 HR | 4 SB | 335 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    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.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  11. 11. Reese Olson | RHP
    Reese Olson
    Born: Jul 31, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Steve Smith (Brewers)
    Minors: 5-5 | 4.40 ERA | 130 SO | 31 BB | 92 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    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 a plus 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.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Changeup: 60. Slider: 55. Curveball: 45. Control: 45.

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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Carpenter has shown consistent power throughout his pro career, which is impressive when you consider his career MiLB slugging percentage is better than the best slugging percentage he posted in his two years at St. John's River (Fla.) JC and one year at Virginia Tech. But it's hard to say that anyone saw this coming, even after he tweaked his swing during the offseason. Carpenter was leading the minors in home runs at the halfway point of the season, earning a promotion to Triple-A Toledo after a dominant return to Double-A Erie. Long viewed as an excellent org player, Carpenter has raised that evaluation to where he's now seen as a potential MLB backup outfielder. He is hitting the ball harder this year, but it's viewed as plus power rather than 30-plus home run potential. He's a pure left fielder who is a below-average runner.

  13. 13. Garrett Hill | RHP
    Garrett Hill
    Born: Jan 16, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 4-2 | 3.23 ERA | 98 SO | 25 BB | 70 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    May Update: A shorter (6-foot) righthander, Hill has been a steady performer for the Tigers ever since he was selected in the 26th round in 2018 out of San Diego State. That effectiveness is starting to get noticed now that he' s dominating Double-A hitters. Hill' s flat, lively 92-95 mph fastball jumps above hitters' bats, which helps explain his dominant start. Hill has struck out 52 of the first 127 batters he' s faced.

  14. 14. Dylan Smith | RHP
    Dylan Smith
    Born: May 28, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Mike Smith
    Minors: 6-4 | 3.82 ERA | 61 SO | 14 BB | 66 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    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. Cristian Santana | SS
    Cristian Santana
    Born: Nov 25, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Aldo Perez/Carlos Santana.
    Minors: .208/.376/.344 | 7 HR | 7 SB | 212 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    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.

  16. 16. Troy Melton | RHP
    Troy Melton
    Born: Dec 3, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Melton possessed some of the best stuff in last year's draft class but couldn't get teams to meet his bonus demands after a poor season. He opted to return to school and made the decision look wise with a dominant showing at the front of San Diego State's rotation. Melton is a physical, athletic 6-foot-4 righthander with a quick arm and physical projection still remaining. His four-seam fastball sits 93-95 mph, touches 98 and has room to tick up further as he gets stronger and fills out his frame. He added a two-seamer in the low 90s this season that gets under rigthhanded batters' hands and is at least an above-average pitch. Melton's short, mid-80s slider with late break flashes average, but is often only on one plane, leaving it vulnerable to getting hit hard. His firm, 87-88 mph changeup is an average third pitch. Melton's stuff previously played down because hitters could track the ball easily out of his glove, but he shortened his arm action to create more deception this spring and fixed the issue. After allowing a 6.14 ERA and 10.7 hits per nine innings last year, he logged a 2.07 ERA with 7.9 hits per nine this season. The change also helped Melton repeat his release point better and improve his control to fringe-average. Melton still struggles with consistency at times, but he is trending in the right direction. His improved stuff, deception and control have him in top-three rounds consideration.

  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: .283/.317/.546 | 11 HR | 3 SB | 205 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    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. Manuel Sequera | SS
    Manuel Sequera
    Born: Sep 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Jesus Mendoza.
    Minors: .229/.265/.423 | 16 HR | 2 SB | 385 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    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.

  19. 19. Javier Osorio | SS
    Javier Osorio
    Born: Mar 29, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record:: The Tigers snapped up one of the top shortstops in Latin America on Jan. 15, 2021 when they signed Cristian Santana, who got off to a terrific start in the Dominican Summer League and is one of their most exciting prospects at the lower levels. One year later, they added Osorio, one of the top Venezuelan shortstops in the 2021-22 international class.

    Scouting Report: Osorio has strong hands and quick wrists to snap the barrel through the zone with whippy bat speed. He has hit well in games with mostly gap power now, but he has the bat speed and physical projection remaining to develop into a 20-plus home run threat. An above-average runner, Osorio has the athleticism, hands, footwork and plus arm to handle shortstop. If he does outgrow the position, he has the attributes and offensive profile to project anywhere else on the infield, but the upside is there for him to be a shortstop with offensive impact.

    The Future: Osorio should follow in Santana' s footsteps as a starting shortstop for the Tigers in the Dominican Summer League for his pro debut in 2022.

  20. 20. Brant Hurter | LHP
    Brant Hurter
    Born: Sep 6, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 250
    Minors: 7-4 | 3.07 ERA | 112 SO | 15 BB | 88 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Hurter has regained his pre-Tommy John surgery form. This year' s he' s sitting 92-93 mph, up a tick from what he was in his final year at Georgia Tech. His sinker isn' t much of a bat-misser, but it sets up an average slider and changeup that pair well. Hurter should move up to High-A West Michigan before long, but he' s spent his first six weeks toying with Florida State League hitters.

  21. 21. 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: .216/.296/.372 | 10 HR | 3 SB | 269 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    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.

  22. 22. 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: .298/.361/.457 | 6 HR | 1 SB | 151 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    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.

  23. 23. 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: .309/.376/.407 | 2 HR | 0 SB | 81 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    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.

  24. 24. Andre Lipcius | 3B
    Andre Lipcius
    Born: May 22, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .257/.381/.407 | 9 HR | 12 SB | 334 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    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.

  25. 25. 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: .258/.335/.462 | 16 HR | 12 SB | 368 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    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.

  26. 26. Tyler Mattison | RHP
    Tyler Mattison
    Born: Sep 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: Jim Bretz
    Minors: 3-1 | 5.88 ERA | 33 SO | 16 BB | 26 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    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.

  27. 27. 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: 0-2 | 4.19 ERA | 43 SO | 17 BB | 35 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    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.

    Scouting Grades:Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 45.

  28. 28. Austin Bergner | RHP
    Austin Bergner
    Born: May 1, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 5-3 | 2.55 ERA | 104 SO | 36 BB | 99 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    May Update: Bergner is actually throwing a little softer than the 94-95 mph he sat at last year, but he' s been just as effective in a jump to Double-A Erie as he' s proven he can get above hitters' bats at the top of the zone. His hard 84-87 mph slider gives him a second effective weapon to attack hitters.

  29. 29. Garrett Burhenn | RHP
    Garrett Burhenn
    Born: Sep 12, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Minors: 4-5 | 3.43 ERA | 103 SO | 19 BB | 79 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: The Tigers' ninth-round pick in 2021 out of Ohio State, Burhenn was a consistent but unspectacular starter at Ohio State. He's begun his pro career by demonstrating improved control to go with his solid but unremarkable four-pitch mix. There may not be a plus pitch in Burnhenn's quiver, but his low-90s fastball, slider, curve and changeup are all fringe-average to average. That, combined with above-average control, gives him a shot of being a back-of-the-rotation starter.

  30. 30. Josh Crouch | C
    Josh Crouch
    Born: Dec 7, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .304/.381/.464 | 8 HR | 1 SB | 289 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: A 15th round pick in 2021, Crouch has made big strides at the plate, where he's putting together consistent at-bats and flashes of power. He also has been one of the better catchers in the minors at throwing out basestealers, as he's gunned down 32% of basestealers despite the liberalized basestealing rules.

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