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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: 4-5 | 3.84 ERA | 81 SO | 30 BB | 78 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/High

    Track Record: The son of professional golfer Brandt Jobe, Jackson carried Heritage Hall High to the Oklahoma 4A state championship as its star shortstop and top pitcher in 2021. His two-way exploits and pro promise helped him earn the BA High School Player of the Year award that season. Despite his natural ability as a position player, Jobe's top billing as the best high school pitcher in his class led the Tigers to select him third overall as a righthander. Detroit signed him for $6.9 million, about 96% of the slot value of $7.2 million. Jobe did not pitch after signing and made his pro debut with 18 starts for Low-A Lakeland in 2022. The Tigers promoted him to High-A West Michigan on Aug. 27, and in his final six starts of the season for Lakeland and West Michigan he recorded a 1.91 ERA while striking out 25, walking nine and allowing a .185 opponent average in 28.1 innings.

    Scouting Report: Jobe stands at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with a projectable, athletic frame and is expected to add a good deal of strength as his body continues to fill out. His most highly developed offering is a plus-plus, low-80s slider that combines depth and impressive spin, regularly surpassing 3,000 rpm. Despite his slider's tremendous horizontal break, Jobe has shown an ability to locate the pitch--though some scouts believed the consistency of his command could improve. His four-seam fastball averaged 94 mph in 2022 and has been up to 97, with around 17 inches of induced vertical break, though his results with the pitch weren't great and some scouts thought the pitch had just average life. Jobe's mid-80s changeup is a potential plus pitch that generated whiffs at a 42% rate, with impressive drop and solid feel. He also infrequently throws an upper-70s curveball that is less impressive than his slider, but gives him four legitimate pitches to round out his arsenal. Working off the natural downhill plane from his lanky frame, Jobe's natural athleticism and a mix of clean mechanics and easy velocity give him above-average future control grades.

    The Future: Over time, the Tigers have worked to perfect their ability to individualize a player's development track, as opposed to simply fast-tracking him through the pipeline. While Jobe's arsenal and mature understanding of his craft could help him rise faster than most high school pitchers, don't be surprised if the Tigers take their time with him to ensure both health and proper physical development. After beginning his professional career in 2022, Jobe spent just three outings in the High-A Midwest League to end the regular season, so a return to the Whitecaps to start the 2023 season is likely.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. 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: .231/.373/.333 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 108 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Being a first-round pick is in the Jung family's bloodlines. Older brother Josh starred at Texas Tech and was drafted eighth overall in 2019 by the Rangers. Jace put together a strong spring campaign for the Red Raiders in 2022, leading the Tigers to draft him 12th overall and sign him for slot value of $4.59 million. The sturdy 6-foot, 205-pound lefthanded batter stood out among collegians for his hitting ability and strike-zone judgment. In 2022, he hit .335 with a .481 on-base percentage while ranking fifth in Division I with 59 walks. Jung made his pro debut with High-A West Michigan and continued to showcase his on-base skills.

    Scouting Report: 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. He has an unorthodox setup at the plate, with his barrel dumped back toward the catcher, but the odd positioning has never been an issue. He consistently produced average, on-base ability and power in the Big 12 Conference. Jung has a chance for plus hitting ability and plus in-game power potential, but even if he doesn't reach those gaudy marks, his strong understanding of the strike zone should allow him to get on base consistently. He walked more frequently (20%) than he struck out (16%) in his college career and continued to show a good eye in his pro debut, with 25 walks and 28 strikeouts. Jung will need to hit because he's limited as a defender. He has below-average speed and range but adequate hands and arm strength to make routine plays.

    The Future: With Jung's combination of high baseball IQ, plate discipline and hitting ability, Jung is expected to be a fast mover. After a successful campaign with West Michigan, Jung could get tested with an aggressive assignment to Double-A Erie in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 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: 7-4 | 2.79 ERA | 130 SO | 23 BB | 104 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: The younger brother of Giants infielder Wilmer Flores, the righthander of the same name signed as a nondrafted free agent in 2020 out of Arizona Western JC. Flores threw just 11.2 inning in his lone junior college season, and he ended up at Arizona Western because he enrolled there while visiting his brother in the U.S. from Venezuela. Flores began his professional career with four appearances in the Florida Complex League in 2021 before receiving a promotion to Low-A Lakeland. He represented Detroit in the Arizona Fall League, and the extended time on the mound prepared Flores for a strong campaign in 2022. Between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie, Flores posted a 2.79 ERA over 103.1 innings with 130 strikeouts and 23 walks.

    Scouting Report: Flores worked with a three-pitch mix in 2022, primarily throwing his four-seam fastball and mid-to-upper-80s cutter. His fastball sat in the 92-94 mph range and touched 99 with sinking life. He showed excellent feel to land the pitch and threw it for a strike 70% of the time. His go-to secondary was his cutter, which averaged around 9 mph slower than his fastball and was a slightly better whiff pitch and chase offering compared to his fastball. Scouts like Flores' curveball, which is an upper-70s to lower-80s breaking ball with 11-to-5 movement, solid two-plane break and depth. His curve shows spin rates in the 2,500-2,600 rpm range. Flores throws the pitch for strikes less frequently than his fastball or cutter, but it was also his best swing-and-miss offering in 2022, with a 41% whiff rate.

    The Future: Two years after signing as a nondrafted free agent in the truncated five-round 2020 draft, Flores is looking like a steal, with considerably higher upside now and a path to a solid back-end starter role with plus control.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Cutter: 50. 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: 8-6 | 3.01 ERA | 133 SO | 38 BB | 123 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Madden spent three years in the Texas rotation and won Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year honors in 2021. Expected to be one of the top pitchers drafted that year, he instead slid to the supplemental first round, where the Tigers scooped him up with the 32nd overall pick and signed him for an above-slot $2.5 million. The Tigers opted not to send him to an affiliate after he pitched 113.2 innings for the Longhorns in the spring. Madden made his pro debut in 2022 and excelled after tweaking his mechanics. In 122.2 innings between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie, Madden posted a 3.01 ERA and struck out 133 batters.

    Scouting Report: As an amateur, Madden received criticism for his fastball shape that prevented the pitch from playing well up in the zone. In the offseason, Madden reworked his delivery to adopt a lower arm slot and release point--going from over the top to more of a three-quarters delivery. The change has helped Madden improve the spin efficiency and movement of his fastball. Now he is throwing the pitch with similar power--he sits 93-94 mph and touches 99--but with nearly 18 inches of induced vertical break. Using the pitch to attack at the top of the strike zone is now more of an option. The slider remains Madden's go-to swing-and-miss offering and generated a 45% whiff rate with mid-80s velocity, 2,400-2,500 rpm spin and occasional biting two-plane break down and away from righthanded hitters. Madden is still developing feel for his mid-to-upper-80s changeup that he needs to throw for strikes more frequently. He will also mix in a curveball with more top-down shape, and a newer cutter in the high 80s.

    The Future: Madden made impressive adjustments in his first year in pro ball, and the results speak for themselves. He has No. 3 or 4 starter upside.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Cutter: 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/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: The Tigers drafted Keith in the fifth round in 2020 and signed him for a slightly above-slot $500,000. The pandemic delayed his pro debut until 2021, when he slashed .286/.396/.393 at three levels and reached High-A West Michigan. Keith returned to the Midwest League in 2022 and showed newfound power by slugging .544 in 48 games. His season was cut short after sustaining an injury to his shoulder during a pickoff attempt. After completing a successful rehab, Keith headed to the Arizona Fall League in preparation for the upper levels of the minor leagues in 2023. He ranked fifth in the AFL with a .463 on-base percentage and seventh with a 1.004 OPS.

    Scouting Report: Keith was a legitimate two-way prospect in high school as both a shortstop and righthanded pitcher. He showed impressive bat-to-ball skills amid a challenging assignment in 2022. After hitting just two home runs in 2021, Keith showcased a significant increase in his raw power in 2022 and finished with nine home runs despite not playing after June 9. Much of Keith's development hinges on both his health and the continued maturation of his approach, while also tapping into his power more consistently as his frame fills out. Detroit likes Keith's profile at third base--but he has steadily gotten bigger and stronger and is now closer to 230 pounds than his listed 211 pounds. He shows a plus arm while continuing to develop feel for the position. Keith is a fringe-average runner.

    The Future: Featuring the upside of an everyday big leaguer, Keith will be battling against 2022 draftee Peyton Graham if he hopes to hold the hot corner. Even if he moves off third base, Keith's natural athleticism and hitting upside should buy him a spot in Detroit's future lineup.

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

  6. 6. Peyton Graham | SS
    Peyton Graham
    Born: Jan 26, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .270/.345/.370 | 1 HR | 7 SB | 100 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: A lanky righthanded hitter with a long track record of hitting at a high level with Oklahoma, Graham showed improved in-game power in 2022 and hit a career-high 20 home runs while slashing .335/.417/.640. The Tigers liked what they saw and signed Graham for $1.8 million in the second round. He hit .270/.345/.370 in 27 games for Low-A Lakeland in his pro debut and went 7-for-8 in stolen base attempts.

    Scouting Report: Graham is an ultra-lean infielder listed at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, and perhaps the biggest question he faces in pro ball is how his 20-homer season translates. His average exit velocities were modest in his 2022 pro debut, but his top-end numbers were encouraging. Graham has shown an ability to drive the ball to his pull side with bat speed and leverage. There are some swing-and-miss tendencies with Graham, and he'll expand the zone more often than he should, with a leg kick and long levers that could be detrimental to his pure bat-to-ball ability. He struck out at a near 26% rate in Low-A, where he was age-appropriate. Graham transitioned from third base to shortstop in college and played all over the infield in his pro debut. He has solid athleticism, a good first step and above-average arm strength that could allow him to stick at shortstop, depending on how his body develops. Graham is an above-average runner with excellent baserunning instincts. He stole 34 bags in 36 tries with Oklahoma during the spring.

    The Future: If Graham can improve his swing decisions and cut down his swing-and-miss, he provides a well-rounded tool set with interesting defensive versatility. Whether he adds more strength and power could play a key role in his ultimate upside.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55 BA Grade: 50

  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: .238/.333/.419 | 14 HR | 1 SB | 387 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Dingler was viewed as arguably the best defensive catcher in the 2020 draft, and the Tigers took him in the second round and signed him for slightly over slot value at $1,952,300. Dingler reported to the Tigers' alternate training site shortly after and made his professional debut in 2021. His success with High-A West Michigan--he slashed .287/.376/.549--led to a promotion to Double-A Erie before he suffered a fractured finger. A return to Erie in 2022 presented Dingler the opportunity to represent the Tigers in the Futures Game. After the season he headed to the Arizona Fall League, but knee soreness forced the Tigers to shut him down for the year after just four games.

    Scouting Report: Dingler features a physical, well-proportioned frame, with advanced athleticism on both sides of the ball. Boasting plus speed, he has cat-like reflexes behind the plate. Despite still learning the nuances of his defensive position, Dingler has shown consistent improvement in both receiving and framing. His nearly plus-plus arm holds opposing running games to in check. With his defense-first profile, Dingler has worked to polish his offensive feel and get more consistent with tapping into his raw power on contact. There is a still a great deal of swing-and-miss to the tune of nearly a 30% strikeout rate over the last two seasons. Dingler projects as a well below-average hitter--his career minor league batting average is .238--but with average power.

    The Future: With a mostly healthy 2022 in the rear-view, the 2023 season is going to be key in Dingler's work to prove potential longevity. He should begin the year with Triple-A Toledo. His health will decide how quickly he'll see his MLB debut.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 30. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 65

  8. 8. 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/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Carpenter starred at Eustis (Fla.) High and then for two years at St. John's River (Fla.) JC before transferring to Virginia Tech for one season in 2019. Drafted in the 19th round that year, he signed for $125,000 and spent his pro debut primarily in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Carpenter made the jump to Double-A Erie in 2021 after riding out the pandemic year in 2020. He returned to Erie in 2022 and set about climbing to Triple-A Toledo and then to Detroit on Aug. 10. Carpenter popped 30 home runs on the farm and led the minor leagues with a .645 slugging percentage. He placed fourth with a 1.025 OPS. In his time in Detroit, the lefthanded hitter put up an .851 OPS versus righthanders and was hitting in the middle of the order in September.

    Scouting Report: Carpenter is a sturdy 6-foot-2, 220 pounds and has a solid core and a lean lower half. His most noticeable achievement has been his ability to tap into plus raw power, the same power that had him leading the minors in home runs at the halfway point of the 2022 season. He has strong hands and good loft in his swing, but he is prone to chasing outside the zone. That contributed to his strikeout rate spiking to 28% in the big leagues and will be something to keep an eye on. With a clear bat-first profile, Carpenter is viewed as a below-average left fielder with fringe-average speed. His athleticism and instincts could benefit him as long as he can keep hitting.

    The Future: Once viewed as an organization player, Carpenter raised that evaluation to be a potential second-division strong-side platoon bat. He has nothing left to prove in the minors and is ready to take his swings against righthanders for a Tigers team that finished last in MLB in home runs in 2022.

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

  9. 9. Ryan Kreidler | SS
    Ryan Kreidler
    Born: Nov 12, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 208
    Signed By: Tim McWilliam.
    Minors: .214/.356/.409 | 8 HR | 17 SB | 215 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: The son of sportswriter and author Mark Kreidler, Ryan is a defensive standout who was drafted by the Tigers in the fourth round in 2019 and signed at slot value for $517,400. Kreidler spent 60 games with short-season Connecticut in 2019 before spending 2020 at the Tigers' alternate training site. He emerged as a vastly improved hitter in 2021. After hitting 15 home runs with Double-A Erie, Kreidler was promoted to Triple-A Toledo and continued to shine to end the regular season. Kreidler overcame a broken hand that put a damper on his 2022 campaign, with the Tigers rewarding him with his first callup in September 2022. Kreidler's offensive production hit a snag in 26 games in Detroit.

    Scouting Report: Standing at 6-foot-4, 208 pounds, Kreidler features a sturdy, daunting presence with eye-catching athleticism for his lanky build. Boasting excellent instincts and a quick first step, Kreidler has a natural ability to anticipate balls off the bat at shortstop and complements that feel with his plus arm strength and clean hands. Despite having a glove-first profile, Kreidler has worked very hard to bring more of a balance to his offensive skill set, with the fruits of his labor taking center stage in 2021. There is still a noticeable amount of swing-and-miss, as evidenced by his 25% or higher strikeout rate between Triple-A Toledo and Detroit. Moving extremely well for his size with average speed, Kreidler poses a threat on the basepaths.

    The Future: Kreidler flashed natural feel on both sides of the ball in his MLB debut. To make his case as a starter, he will need to boost his offensive output.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 40. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60 BA Grade: 45

  10. 10. Justyn-Henry Malloy | OF
    Justyn-Henry Malloy
    Born: Feb 19, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 212
    Signed By: Chris Lionetti
    Minors: .289/.408/.454 | 17 HR | 5 SB | 478 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Malloy ranked as the No. 214 prospect in the 2021 draft class out of Georgia Tech, where he showed impressive on-base skills and developing power. The Braves signed him for $300,000 in the sixth round, and he had a solid 2021 pro debut before breaking out in 2022 and pushing himself to Triple-A Gwinnett and then the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Malloy is a strong and physical corner infielder and outfielder who homered 17 times between three minor league levels in 2022. He played in pitcher-friendly home parks, making the total more impressive. While Malloy might have above-average raw power, his strike-zone discipline and contact ability drive his value as a prospect. Malloy has one of the keenest batting eyes in Atlanta's system and chased just 18% of the time while also showing quick hands and good bat-to-ball skills. He has a chance to be an above-average hitter who walks at a high rate, though scouts are mixed on his true power potential. His exit velocity numbers are modest, but he has flashed impressive pop to the pull side. Of note, his power numbers trended down as he moved up levels. A well below-average runner, Malloy will be limited to a corner and his most likely defensive home is left field. He played third base at High-A Rome and flashed plus arm strength but had trouble with throwing accuracy and needs much more work on his hands and footwork at the position. Malloy exclusively played left field and DH at Double-A and Triple-A and fits best at that position.

    The Future: Malloy's defensive limitations could cap his upside as an everyday player, though his pure hitting ability and zone control could make him a quality platoon option. More power could increase his potential role as well.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 30. Fielding: 40. 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: 8-6 | 4.14 ERA | 168 SO | 38 BB | 120 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Olson was originally drafted as the Brewers' 13th-round pick in 2018 before being traded to the Tigers at the 2021 trade deadline for lefthander Daniel Norris. Prior to making the move to Detroit, Olson booked 14 starts with High-A Wisconsin, where he posted 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings over 69 frames. Following the Tigers' acquisition of Olson, they assigned him to High-A West Michigan, where he received a promotion to Double-A Erie after just 11 innings. The Tigers returned Olson to Erie in 2022, where he spent the entire season. He completed his Double-A campaign with 168 strikeouts--good for ninth-most in the minor leagues--over 119.2 innings with 2.9 walks per nine innings.

    Scouting Report: Olson features a four-pitch mix that grades above-average to plus, with added room for development across the board. There is some concern surrounding Olson's history of inconsistent command, but the improvement he showed in 2022 led to optimism for his development track. Olson leads his arsenal with an above-average changeup with fade, one of two very strong secondary offerings with an ability to produce weak groundball contact and plenty of swing-and-miss. Next up is a sweeping low-80s slider that Olson shows the most confidence in because of its proven ability against righthanded hitters. His go-to offering against lefthanded hitters is a high-70s curveball. Olson is still developing deception with his mid-90s fastball, a pitch that could tick up as he fills out.

    The Future: After Olson showcased his arsenal in 2022, there remains some debate as to whether he will stick in a rotation or face a move to the bullpen. But the proven quality of his pitch mix has established the righthander as a future multi-inning reliever at the very least.

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

  12. 12. 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: .270/.346/.473 | 20 HR | 17 SB | 486 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: In a year where the Tigers had a number of hitters struggle, Meadows was a development success story. The younger brother of Pirates 2013 first-round pick Austin Meadows, Parker's development seemed stuck heading into 2022. He was sent back to High-A West Michigan for a third year. But this time, he quickly hit his way to Double-A Erie while showing improvement in nearly every facet at the plate. He was sent to the Arizona Fall League to wrap up the year.

    Scouting Report: Meadows moves extremely well for a 6-foot-5 outfielder. He's a 65 runner on the 20-to-80 scouting scale and makes solid reads and takes direct routes in center field, where he is a plus defender with a plus arm. As a hitter, Meadows worked to shorten up his swing and it paid off in improved contact and better power when he did make contact. His 20 home runs easily doubled his previous career high. Meadows' defense and speed mean that if he's a fringe-average hitter with average power, he can be a productive regular.

    The Future: If Meadows can further build on his impressive improvements in 2022, he could finish 2023 in line for a spot in the Tigers' outfield. His combination of speed, defense and improved power makes him one of the team's more intriguing position prospects. Expect the Tigers to return Meadows to Erie to start the year, but he could spend a good bit of the season with Triple-A Toledo.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 50. Speed: 65. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  13. 13. 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: .215/.384/.374 | 10 HR | 10 SB | 270 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: After making a push to increase their presence on the international market, the Tigers landed Santana for a team-record bonus of $2.95 million during the 2021 international signing period. After an impressive debut in the Dominican Summer League where he slashed .269/.421/.520 in 2021, he struggled after an aggressive promotion to Low-A Lakeland in 2022. He hit .215/.384/.374 while splitting time at second base and shortstop.

    Scouting Report: Santana remains one of the Tigers' highest-ceiling position prospects as a teenager who has a solid understanding of the strike zone and developing power to potentially be an above-average hitter with above-average power. Santana has already proven to have an advanced approach at the plate, complimented by a pretty Alfonso Soirano-ish swing and mature pitch recognition. After a brutal first two months where he was bothered by an oblique injury, Santana hit .244/.411/.429 from July 1 til the end of the season. Defensively, Santana projects as a future average infielder with advanced footwork and instincts beyond his years. Santana's arm is average, but has balanced it out with his quickness, light footwork and natural ability to navigate the infield with ease.

    The Future: As with many of the young prospects within the Tigers' farm system, Santana's path is going to take time to come to fruition. Still just 19 years old, the Tigers are likely to start Santana back in Lakeland for the 2023 season, and could see West Michigan the same year.

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

  14. 14. 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: .258/.326/.385 | 5 HR | 7 SB | 403 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After leaving Cuba at the age of 16 to train in the Dominican Republic, Campos signed him for $2.85 million in 2019, the largest international signing bonus the Tigers handed out that year and the sixth most in the class. Campos showed power in his debut in the Florida Complex League in 2021. Promoted to Low-A Lakeland for 2022, Campos lowered his strikeout rate and strung together better at-bats, but also saw his power production dip. His season was better than it appears. The Florida State League's average slugging percentage was .361.

    Scouting Report: Campos has the physical and athletic build to be a future power hitter. Combining bat speed and raw strength, Campos drives the ball to all fields, but he didn't hit the ball in the air nearly as often in 2022, which explains the dip in his power production. Campos is currently a center fielder, but he's an average runner who will likely slow down further in the future. He has an above-average arm that should fit in right or left field.

    The Future: Campos' power production may have dipped, but he has the potential to be a productive corner outfielder, especially if he gets more comfortable with lofting the ball in hitters' counts. Campos should head to spring training competing for a spot at High-A West Michigan. Even if he doesn't start the season there, he should reach the Midwest League before too long.

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

  15. 15. Izaac Pacheco | 3B
    Izaac Pacheco
    Born: Nov 18, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Signed By: George Schaefer.
    Minors: .254/.331/.408 | 11 HR | 12 SB | 390 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Tigers were enamored with Pacheco's power potential to the point that they were willing to accept some risk as far as his contact ability. Despite some swing-and-miss concerns, the appeal of natural, raw power has always been difficult to overlook. At 6-4, 225 pounds, Pacheco was selected 39th overall as the Tigers' 2021 second-round pick for $2.75 million. The 18-year-old shortstop was in the mix about a month later, making his debut with the Florida Complex League Tigers in July. Over 30 games, Pacheco slashed .226/.339/.330 with seven extra-base hits. Entering the 2022 season at 20 years old, Pacheco split the year between Class A Lakeland and High-A West Michigan, slashing a combined .254/.331/.408 with 36 extra-base hits.

    Scouting Report: Still just 20 years old, Pacheco has plenty of physical projection remaining. Like many young developing power hitters, Pacheco has some contact issues, but mainly because he expands the strike zone too much rather than missing hittable strikes. Pacheco's swing produces plus raw power with plenty of natural loft and solid bat speed. Defensively, the Tigers have moved Pacheco to third base primarily. The speed of the game sometimes seemed too much for him at shortstop and his range was limited. He's more effective at third base where he has a plus arm and a decent first step. His offensive profile should be fine at third base long-term.

    The Future: With his first full-season campaign behind him, Pacheco's highly improved pitch recognition has him positioned for an impact season in 2023. Likely to begin the regular season with High-A West Michigan, Pacheco should move quickly, as long as his offensive production and continuing maturation can keep up with the pace.

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

  16. 16. 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: 2-2 | 3.04 ERA | 57 SO | 22 BB | 54 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Tigers dipped into the Braves' surplus of starting pitching prospects to acquire Wentz in 2019 at the trade deadline in exchange for Shane Greene. Soon thereafter he suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. He returned to action in May 2021. He suffered a left shoulder strain in 2022, but he did throw 86 innings and made his MLB debut on May 11.

    Scouting Report: Wentz has long been known as a soft-tossing lefty who tries to keep hitters off balance by mixing his pitches. He added an average cutter in 2022, which gives him a harder breaking ball (81-84 mph) that he can consistently throw for strikes. Wentz' fringe-average four-seam fastball touches 95-96, but he sits 91-93. He works up in the zone with his fastball, while the cutter works in on righthanded hitters and down and away from lefties. Wentz's fringe-average slow 73-77 mph curveball and average low-80s changeup are effective when he's tickling the black with them. Both are more chase pitches than swing-and-miss offerings. Wentz's control is fringe-average although he has better command than that. He doesn't have the stuff to sit in the zone, so he has to nibble.

    The Future: After a successful return from Tommy John surgery, Wentz looks ready to handle a back-of-the-rotation role as a lefty with plenty of guile.

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

  17. 17. Dylan Smith | RHP
    Dylan Smith
    Born: May 28, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Mike Smith
    Minors: 8-6 | 3.77 ERA | 89 SO | 21 BB | 89 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: A Padres 18th-round pick out of high school, Smith raised his draft stock by going to Alabama, where he gained strength and earned a spot in the weekend rotation. After being picked in the third round in 2021, Smith made his pro debut in 2022, pitching effectively at High-A West Michigan. His nickname growing up was the Real Deal, a nickname his West Michigan manager Brayan Pena says he won't use until Smith reaches the majors.

    Scouting Report: Smith arrived at Alabama weighing 160 pounds. He's worked at gaining weight and strength and now is considerably heavier than his listed 180 pounds. That and better use of his lower half has paid off in improved velocity to go with above-average control. He can touch 97 mph now and sits 92-94 with his average fastball. It doesn't have exceptional movement, but he has plus control of it. Smith's mid-to-high 80's slider with split tilt and is a potential plus pitch. Smith's changeup is still a work in progress, although with more use, it projects as a future average pitch. His slurvy upper-70's curve is a fringe-average pitch as well.

    The Future: Smith has steadily improved, but with a quick arm and a solid frame he could continue to add to his stuff. He projects as a useful back-end starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 45. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.

  18. 18. Andre Lipcius | 2B/3B
    Andre Lipcius
    Born: May 22, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .277/.391/.435 | 12 HR | 13 SB | 462 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: A shortstop earlier in his career at Tennessee, Lipcius moved to third base in his draft year, and has shown versatility as a pro, adding second base to his array of positions. Detroit took the nuclear engineering major as their third-round pick in 2019. Lipcius has proven to be a productive infielder who knows how to pester pitchers and hit for average.

    Scouting Report: Lipcius is a lean, athletic 6-1, 190 pounds with advanced hand-eye coordination. He's a polished contact hitter who knows how to spray the ball and get on base. He will show flashes of power, something that was a bigger part of his game in college. He does have enough pop to pile up doubles and should hit 10-15 home runs a year. Lipcius still plays third base more than second, but he's a fringe-average defender at either spot with an above-average arm. Lipcius has slow feet, but he has solid instincts, good hands. He slows the game down and is reliable.

    The Future: Players with Lipcius' hitting ability, upper level success and versatility usually find a way to carve out major league careers. He may never be a regular, but his ability to get on base, hit for average and play solid defense at multiple infield spots could help him compete for playing time as soon as later in 2023. The Tigers added him to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, further solidifying his spot in their future plans.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  19. 19. Wenceel Perez | 2B
    Wenceel Perez
    Born: Oct 30, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Ramon Perez/Carlos Santana.
    Minors: .295/.369/.534 | 14 HR | 18 SB | 356 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in the 2016 international draft class for $550,000, the progression of Wenceel Perez has been a curious story to follow. After spending 2017 in the Dominican Summer League, Perez dazzled the following year with a jump across three affiliates, including slashing .309/.324/.441 with Class A West Michigan. Between 2019 and 2021, Perez hit a snag at the plate and in the field, producing some rough defense from a once seemingly fluid infielder. Perez hit a new stride in 2022, earning a promotion to Double-A Erie where he slashed .307/.374/.540.

    Scouting Report: One of the most confounding development stories within the Tigers' organization, Perez is once again proof that no prospect develops at the same pace. A confident, athletic infielder, Perez, at his strongest, is light of foot with polished hands and a mature first step. Although he spent the majority of his early years at shortstop, the Tigers have transitioned Perez to more work at second base, where he spent a good deal of his 2022 season. In addition to displaying more raw power in 2022, Perez produced more plate discipline by navigating from his previous tendency to chase deceptive pitching.

    The Future: With his successes at the Double-A level, in addition to added defensive versatility, Perez could stand a return to Erie to start the 2023 season. Perez was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason.

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

  20. 20. Mason Englert | RHP
    Mason Englert
    Born: Nov 1, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: 8-6 | 3.64 ERA | 136 SO | 31 BB | 119 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After signing for $1 million in 2018, Englert was part of the Rangers ill-fated plan to shut all of their 2018 top pitching signees. Englert, like most of them, quickly blew out his elbow. He had Tommy John surgery early in the 2019 season, which means that he didn't make his actual pro debut until 2021, nearly three years after he signed. Englert threw seven-innings of a no-hitter in 2022, followed by six no-hit innings in his next start, but the no-hitter was broken up with two outs in the ninth. Englert was acquired by the Tigers as a Rule 5 pick.

    Scouting Report: Englert baffles hitters with a wide array of pitches. He has two and four-seam 91-93 mph fastballs, a low-80s slider, a mid-70s curveball and a low-80s changeup. He can attack hitters with a sinker/slider approach or four-seam fastballs up in the zone mixed with curveballs. None of his pitches his plus, and only his changeup grades as above-average, but every one of these pitches is fringe-average to average and he has above-average control.

    The Future: As a Rule 5 pick, Englert will have to make a big leap from less than 200 innings of MiLB experience and three starts of Double-A to the big leagues. His varied arsenal fits better as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter than it does as a reliever, but his short-term role more likely is as a long-man in the pen.

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

  21. 21. Troy Melton | RHP
    Troy Melton
    Born: Dec 3, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 210
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 5 SO | 0 BB | 5 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Melton was a draft eligible redshirt sophomore in 2021, but no team was going to meet his bonus demands at the end of a disappointing season that saw him go 4-5, 6.13 with a .291 opponents average. That proved to be a wise choice for Melton. He finished his marketing degree and blossomed after shortening his arm action. He went 5-2, 2.07 as the Aztecs ace. He barely pitched after signing, making two brief appearances in September.

    Scouting Report: Melton sits 93-95 mph and will touch 98 with his above-average fastball. While he has started to fill out, there's still the potential for additional strength gains. Melton has added a low-90s sinker as well that gives hitters another fastball to worry about. Melton mixes in a mid-80s, fringe-average slider with late break that could strengthen with more use. His final offering is an 87-88 mph changeup that projects as a future average offering. Melton's new shorter arm action improved his ability to repeat his delivery, which has helped him improve his control as well. He slashed his walk rate from 8.8% of hitters in 2021 to 5.6% of hitters in 2022.

    The Future: After taking a cautious approach to start his pro career, Melton should be ready for a full season of work in 2023. He could begin the season in the warmth of Low-A Lakeland, but should spend most of the year at High-A West Michigan.

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

  22. 22. Josh Crouch | C
    Josh Crouch
    Born: Dec 7, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .286/.361/.433 | 11 HR | 1 SB | 395 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After navigating a pandemic just after transferring to Central Florida, Josh Crouch was able to find his stride with the Golden Knights the following year, slashing a team-best .311/.435/.574 and pushing him onto the Tigers' draft radar. The collegiate defensive standout was selected as Detroit's 11th-round pick that same year for $125,000. Crouch received accolades across the organization for his work behind the plate, including a climb through three levels in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Crouch has quickly established himself as one of the best defensive catchers in the organization, with only Dillon Dingler rivaling him as a receiver. At the plate, Crouch has quickly come into his own, including dropping his strikeout percentage nearly 10 percentage points between Low-A Lakeland and High-A West Michigan. Combining a sharp eye he has worked to develop from behind the plate, Crouch continues to string together good at-bats, although his power is still hit or miss. Defensively, Crouch boasts a plus arm, which helps him shut down running games. He's thrown out 31% of basestealers for his career.

    The Future: Crouch has looked like a steal so far as a late-round pick. His initial assignment in 2022 may depend in part on him and in part on where Dingler begins the season, but he should spend a good part of the season at Double-A Erie.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Speed: 35. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  23. 23. Manuel Sequera | SS/3B
    Manuel Sequera
    Born: Sep 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Jesus Mendoza.
    Minors: .232/.279/.422 | 19 HR | 4 SB | 457 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: One of Detroit's top signings during the 2019 international signing period, Sequera didn't get to make his pro debut until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but he used the layoff to get bigger and stronger. Sequera's 11 home runs led the Florida Complex League in 2021. This year, he fell one short of going back-to-back on home run titles, as his 19 home runs were second best in the Florida State League, one behind Carlos Dominguez.

    Scouting Report: A physical player with a broad-shouldered power hitter's build, Sequera's swing is geared to consistently get to that power. He has a significant leg kick and excellent rotational speed paired with a fluid swing. Sequera's top end exit velocities (106 mph) aren't all that spectacular, but he should continue to get stronger. Sequera has one glaring flaw at the plate that he has to improve. He currently swings at most anything and chases out of the zone way too often. If he gets a pitch in the zone, his above-average bat-to-ball skills are apparent, but he's too often swinging at unhittable pitches. His 22% strikeout rate is an impressive testament to those bat-to-ball skills considering his incredible aggressive approach. Defensively, Sequera has limited range and below-average speed. He started playing second and third base regularly, which are better fits than shortstop. His average arm should be able to handle either spot.

    The Future: Sequera's 2022 season was better than the slash line may indicate. As a multi-position infielder with power potential, he has everyday regular potential. High-A West Michigan beckons.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  24. 24. Abel Bastidas | SS
    Abel Bastidas
    Born: Nov 24, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 174
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: One of the more prominent signings in the Tigers' 2021 international class, Bastidas seemed overmatched at times in his pro debut. But to his credit he bounced back to produce a solid season in the Florida Complex League in 2022. The Venezuelan native had drawn high praise for his defensive profile, polished from his work with Cesar and Maicer Izturis.

    Scouting Report: Astidas is a tall, lanky shortstop. He's skinny and fluid, so he may be able to be a taller-than-average shortstop, but he also has the potential to thicken up and turn into a more powerful third baseman. Currently, his lack of functional strength is apparent. He makes excellent swing decisions, but pitchers do not need to fear him as he barely has gap power at this point. Bastidas has a fluid swing from both sides of the plate with fringe-average power that is expected to develop as his physique fills out. Defensively, Bastidas has quick feet, a good first step, an accurate above-average arm and instincts well beyond his years for reading the ball off the bat. He's an above-average runner

    The Future: Still 19 years old, there is no cause for Detroit to rush Bastidas. Based on his success, he'll likely begin 2023 with Low A Lakeland. He remains one of the Tigers' most promising young position prospects.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  25. 25. 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: .276/.344/.453 | 9 HR | 1 SB | 192 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Tigers liked Reyes' projectable frame and natural strength enough to sign him for $1.45 million in 2018. Reyes torched the Dominican Summer League in 2019, hitting .331/.379/.508 with seven home runs and 48 RBIs. Since the pandemic, Reyes found himself overmatched in the Florida Complex League in 2021, but bounced back in a return to the FCL before struggling again after a late-season promotion to Low-A Lakeland.

    Scouting Report: When you watch Reyes in action, it's easy to see how much the Tigers had to dream on. In addition to his pure strength, Reyes has an advanced approach that has proven able to drive the ball to all fields. His swing is often too long, but there is apparent power potential. Reyes improved his chase rate significantly in 2022, but it remains an issue. The Tigers moved Reyes to third base nearly full-time in August. There were some adjustment issues as he posted an .887 fielding percentage in 36 games there, but that is his likely long-term home, as his feet and average arm play better there.

    The Future: Reyes is showing himself to be a player who needs to be promoted slowly, as he often requires some time at a level to acclimate himself before getting comfortable. His late-season stint at Lakeland should help prep him for a return there in 2023.

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

  26. 26. Brant Hurter | LHP
    Brant Hurter
    Born: Sep 6, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 250
    Minors: 7-6 | 3.71 ERA | 136 SO | 21 BB | 107 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Hurter first grabbed attention as a sophomore with Georgia Tech in 2019 before suffering an elbow injury that led to Tommy John surgery. After missing the entirety of the 2020 season, Hurter worked his way back to commanding attention and landing as the Tigers' seventh-round selection in 2021. He didn't look fully recovered in 2021, but his stuff ticked back up in 2022. He climbed through three levels in a season that ended at Double-A Erie.

    Scouting Report: Hurter is a massive presence on the mound as a 6-foot-6, 250-pound southpaw. At his best he pounds the zone with a 91-94 mph two-seam fastball and an above-average slider. His fastball was up 2-3 mph compared to where he was sitting in 2021. His low-80's slider produces swing-and-misses from hitters on both sides of the plate. Wrapping his arsenal, Hurter mixes in a mid-80's, tumbling changeup that he primarily uses against righthanders. It's primarily a chase pitch. Hurter is a strike-thrower who spots his fastball and slider around the zone.

    The Future: With just four outings with Erie in 2022, Hurter will likely begin the 2023 season back with the SeaWolves for more exposure against upper-level hitters. His impressive 2022 season hints at his potential as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

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

  27. 27. Gage Workman | 3B
    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: .225/.276/.415 | 14 HR | 30 SB | 475 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: The Tigers doubled down on Arizona State products in the 2020 draft. Spencer Torkelson was the team's first-round pick and Workman, his Sun Devils' teammate, was the team's fourth-round pick. Son of Padres' 1996 third-round pick Widd Workman, Workman struck out in 40% of plate appearances in 2022 and his 206 strikeouts were fourth most in the minors. Workman was sent to the Arizona Fall League to try to help finish the season on a high note, but he hit .193/.230/.386 with a 39% strikeout rate.

    Scouting Report: Workman is a switch-hitter whose lefthanded swing has consistently been better and more consistent than his righthanded swing. He has above-average power from both sides of the plate. Workman's ability to hit to all fields, combined with his base-running savvy is praised, but unless he makes more contact, his otherwise well-rounded skill set won't get him to the majors. Workman struggles with chasing pitches out of the zone, but he also misses hittable pitches in the zone as well. He is extremely fluid defensively with soft hands, average range and an above-average arm that make him an average defender at third base. He's an average runner but is aggressive on the basepaths

    The Future: Workman likely needs to return to Erie after struggling at the plate. He is going to need to make much more contact to have a shot at an MLB role, as MiLB players with his current strikeout rates almost always end up falling short.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

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

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Osorio was the Tigers' top target in the 2022 international class. Just five months later he made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, but the speed of the game seemed a little much for Osorio. He hit .175/.281/.227 with just six extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and a 38% strikeout rate in 46 games. On back-to-back days Osorio went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.

    Scouting Report: As rough as his debut may have been, Osorio has an interesting blend of natural athleticism and abundant projection remaining in his lanky teenage frame. He just needs to get a lot stronger, which will help his bat speed and power continue to improve. He has a very whippy bat already, but should fill out. When he was an amateur, some scouts projected him to eventually have 20-home run potential. He has a shot to stay at shortstop with quick hands, solid athleticism and a plus arm. He's an above-average runner.

    The Future: Osorio won't turn 18 until the end of 2023's spring training. His struggles in 2022 show he may benefit from a return to the Dominican Summer League to start 2023, although a strong first half could earn him a stateside debut later in the season.

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

  29. 29. 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: .204/.288/.348 | 11 HR | 4 SB | 328 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: De La Cruz was a $1.8 million signing in 2018. He dazzled in his Dominican Summer League debut, slashing .307/.375/.556 with 11 home runs. That production has yet to make the trip to the States. In each of the past two seasons he has failed to hit .210 or post a .300 on-base percentage. He did hit 11 home runs in 2022.

    Scouting Report: De La Cruz has drawn praise for his all-out style of play and despite his rough stat lines, there's still plenty of power potential. De La Cruz produces hard contact, thanks to his plus bat speed. But his 38% strikeout rate in the past two seasons has so far kept him from utilizing that plus power as much as he and the Tigers would hope. He struggles against righthanders. Defensively, De La Cruz boasts plus speed and a plus arm, which profiles well across the outfield. His power potential probably fits best in right field where he can continue to get bigger and stronger.

    The Future: De La Cruz did show improvements in 2022, even if he still has a long ways to go at the plate. He should reach High-A West Michigan in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  30. 30. 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/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: The son of big league catcher Eliezer Alfonzo, the younger Eliezer has always been moved slowly by the Tigers, but he's generally hit while drawing raves for his defense behind the plate. A 2016 signee out of Venezuela, Alfonso has hit over .300 in four out of five pro seasons, but he's generally been asked to repeat levels. He missed significant time in 2022 because of a thigh strain, a back injury and an elbow fracture.

    Scouting Report: Drawing comparisons to former Tigers backstop Brayan Pena (now a Tigers MiLB manager), Alfonzo shows advanced maturity and impressive defensive chops. Defensively, Alfonzo moves more quickly than his solid frame would suggest and should continue to polish that as he trims his frame. His fringe-average arm plays up because of a quick release. Alfonzo's offensive profile has always been more of a concern. His swing can be a little choppy, but he has consistently performed. He's often been old for the levels he's played at, but he's a career .304/.370/.392 hitter. He makes good swing decisions and has solid bat-to-ball skills but below-average power.

    The Future: The Tigers did not protect Alfonzo from the Rule 5 draft, figuring correctly that a Class A catcher would not merit much attention.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45.

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