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  1. 1. Casey Mize | RHP
    Casey Mize
    Born: May 1, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 220
    Drafted: Auburn, 2018 (1st).
    Signed By: Justin Henry.
    Minors: 8-3 | 2.55 ERA | 106 SO | 23 BB | 109.3 IP

    Track Record: The Tigers had not picked first overall since 1997, when they selected Rice closer Matt Anderson. They hope that picking a college righthander works out better this time. Mize signed for $7.5 million, which set a bonus record for any player since the current draft format was adopted in 2012. Mize came into his junior season at Auburn facing questions about his durability. He had missed time as a sophomore with a flexor strain and did not pitch that summer. But he had no problems fronting Auburn’s rotation in 2018 and reinforced the conviction that he was the clear top player in the 2018 draft class. Using his signature splitter, Mize held hitters to a .217 average in college. After tossing a career-high 114.2 innings in his junior season, Mize made just five starts in pro ball before shutting things down for the year.

    Scouting Report: Mize features a 91-95 mph fastball that touches 97. It’s a plus-plus pitch that plays up because of how well he locates it. His fastball sets up his other offerings, all of which are above-average across the board. Mize’s 80-86 mph slider is almost two pitches in one. He can make it bigger and slower when he’s looking for an early-count strike, but he can also throw it harder and tighter as a later-count out pitch. His best weapon is his plus-plus, mid-80s splitter. While many pitchers struggle to command and control their splitter, he commands his nearly as well as his fastball. It looks like his fastball out of his hand and then dives out of the zone as it nears the plate. Additionally, Mize has started to throw a cutter that flashes above-average. Everything he throws is hard, and he uses his splitter in lieu of a changeup. As good as his stuff is, Mize’s plus control is equally noteworthy. He ranked among the top 20 in walk rate in Division I as both a sophomore and junior and led D-I in strikeout-to-walk rate in 2017. The intangibles will also play a role for the righty, and Tigers coaches love his approach to the game.

    The Future: As he works to repeat his delivery with more consistency, Mize should fly through the minors. The 2019 season will be his first full campaign in the minors, and he should have no trouble reaching Double-A Erie by the end of it. Mize’s ability to command his offerings and throw a plus-plus splitter and two additional plus pitches put him in an excellent position to be a potential front-of-the-rotation starter.

  2. 2. Matt Manning | RHP
    Matt Manning
    Born: Jan 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 215
    Drafted: HS--Sacramento, 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Scott Cerny.
    Minors: 11-5 | 2.56 ERA | 148 SO | 38 BB | 133.7 IP

    Track Record: Manning was lauded out of high school in part because of his stuff, but also for his athletic bloodlines. His father, Rich, played two seasons in the NBA, and Matt was a Division I basketball prospect. Manning’s 2018 season was delayed two weeks by an oblique injury, but once he got going he masted two Class A levels and climbed to Double-A at age 20.

    Scouting Report: Manning’s 6-foot-6 frame gives him excellent extension, which allows his plus 91-95 mph fastball to appear even firmer. His best secondary offering is his low-80s downer curveball, which is a future plus pitch. Manning shows a feel for a changeup that should develop into an average pitch, though it currently lags behind his other secondary offerings. Despite having stabbing action in his arm swing, Manning’s athleticism gives him the body control to develop average control, but at times he has struggled to maintain a consistent release point because of the drop in his arm path.

    The Future: Tigers personnel applaud Manning’s competitiveness. He has to continue to refine the consistency of his delivery while polishing his changeup. His combination of stuff and athleticism gives him the upside of a mid-rotation starter with improved control.

  3. 3. Riley Greene | OF
    Riley Greene
    Born: Sep 28, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200

    The best pure hitter in the prep class, Greene entered the 2019 draft cycle as one of the most highly regarded bats and he has done nothing to dispel those notions during high-profile events throughout the summer and into the fall. He’s hit top-level pitching so consistently that some teams have pegged him as a future 70-grade hitter, which is rare for prep bats. Greene has a slightly wide stance and a small hitch in is swing, but he has plenty of bat speed—more than enough to prevent it from being a potential red flag. He has a patient approach, and while there is some swing-and-miss in his game, Greene does a good job of working the count until he gets a pitch he can drive. Greene currently has solid power, but that should turn into plus power in the future as he continues to add strength to a still-lanky, 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame. While Greene has perhaps the most complete hitting package of the entire high school class, his supplemental tools leave something to be desired. He plays center field for his Florida high school team, but he is a below-average runner and will quickly move to a corner outfield position at the next level. Greene gets solid jumps on fly balls, but he lacks the closing speed necessary to make the in-between plays that major league center fielders are expected to handle. He should be able to play either left or right field, however, thanks to his average arm strength. In total, Greene doesn’t project to add much defensive value, but a team drafting Greene is taking him for his bat, which should allow him to become a middle-of-the-order threat. Greene is committed to Florida.

  4. 4. Isaac Paredes | SS
    Isaac Paredes
    Born: Feb 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 225
    Drafted: Signed: Mexico, 2015.
    Signed By: Sergio Hernandez/Louie Eljaua (Cubs).
    Minors: .284/.369/.418 | 13 HR | 5 SB | 476 AB

    Track Record: After signing with the Cubs in 2015, Paredes was traded to the Tigers in the July 2017 deal that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to Chicago. He stood out in 2017 as an 18-year-old shortstop who swatted 11 home runs with a low strikeout rate. He added 15 more homers in 2018 as he reached Double-A as a 19-year-old.

    Scouting Report: Paredes’ innate knack for putting the barrel on the ball gives him the potential to be a plus hitter. He has a contact-oriented approach with average power. It’s a pull-heavy approach and all his power is to his pull side. Equipped with an above-average arm, Paredes is viewed as an average defender at second or third base, who can move around the diamond if necessary. Scouts do not believe he has the range to stick at shortstop. Though he is a below-average runner and already has a stocky frame, his hands and consistency on the defensive end should allow him to stay in the infield.

    The Future: Paredes profiles as a first-division regular at second base thanks to his offensive potential. His defensive versatility only adds to his value. He should split 2019 between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo with a chance to make his major league debut in 2020.

  5. 5. Franklin Perez | RHP
    Franklin Perez
    Born: Dec 6, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 197
    Drafted: Signed: Venezuela, 2014.
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Oscar Alvarado (Astros).
    Minors: 0-0 | 2.35 ERA | 6 SO | 5 BB | 7.7 IP

    Track Record: Perez was briefly developed as a third baseman at Carlos Guillen’s academy in Venezuela, but his arm strength prompted a return to the mound. He ranked as the No. 14 player in the 2014 international class and signed with the Astros for $1 million. He was dealt in 2017 as part of the package that brought ace righthander Justin Verlander to Houston. A knee injury slowed Perez in 2017, but he had more serious injury issues in 2018. He made just seven starts because he missed time with a lat strain and was shut down late in the year with a sore right shoulder.

    Scouting Report: Though his season was derailed by injuries, Perez’s feel, control and stuff are promising if he stays healthy. He throws four pitches, including a plus fastball that gets into the mid-90s. He is working with an above-average curveball and a developing slider that could be average or better as well. In addition, Perez has a feel for a plus changeup. He sells the pitch well, and throws it with roughly 10 mph of separation from his fastball. When Perez executes his changeup it shows run and sink away from lefthanded hitters.

    The Future: Perez will need a strong showing in 2019 to prove his health, but if he can get back on track, his stuff is enough project him as future mid-rotation starter thanks to his plus control.

  6. 6. Tarik Skubal | LHP
    Tarik Skubal
    Born: Nov 20, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Minors: 6-8 | 2.42 ERA | 179 SO | 37 BB | 122.7 IP

    Midseason update: Skubal has opened a lot of eyes after dominating the Florida State League with plus control and a plus fastball-curveball combo.

  7. 7. Jake Rogers | C
    Jake Rogers
    Born: Apr 18, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted: Tulane, 2016 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Justin Cryer (Astros).
    Minors: .251/.361/.482 | 14 HR | 0 SB | 255 AB

    Track Record: The Astros originally took Rogers in the third round of the 2016 draft before dealing him to the Tigers as part of the package for Justin Verlander. He was lauded as one of the best defensive catchers in his draft class, most notably for a strong, accurate arm that allowed him to throw out nearly 63 percent of attempted basestealers in his junior season at Tulane.

    Scouting Report: Rogers owns a plus arm, with a quick transfer and release, in addition to strong framing skills. There is no doubt he’ll stick behind the plate. He threw out 56 percent of attempted basestealers with Double-A Erie in 2018. Rogers studies the game, and receives high praise from his pitching staffs. He’s worked to tone down an exaggerated leg kick at the plate, which mitigated his hittability at times. He has solid-average raw power, though his in-game power was helped a bit this season by Erie’s cozy dimensions.

    The Future: Rogers is ticketed to spend more time at Double-A to continue developing his hitting. While still has areas to work on, Rogers has the profile behind the dish to help Detroit in the near future.

  8. 8. Daz Cameron | OF
    Daz Cameron
    Born: Jan 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted: HS--McDonough, Ga., 2015 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Gavin Dickey (Astros).
    Minors: .215/.330/.384 | 14 HR | 17 SB | 451 AB

    Track Record: The son of former all-star outfielder Mike Cameron, Daz was originally drafted by the Astros before being flipped to the Tigers with righthander Franklin Perez and catcher Jake Rogers as part of the package used to acquire Justin Verlander for Houston’s run to the World Series. Cameron hit a career-high 14 home runs in 2017, then built on that year by zooming from high Class A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo in 2018. Cameron is a well-rounded player with no overwhelming tool, but no below-average one either. He unlocked his offensive game with a tweak in his approach. By being more aggressive early in the count he found more pitches on which to do damage. He’s an average hitter with average power. Defensively, he’s an above-average defender in center field with an above-average arm. He’s a plus runner who needs to sharpen his baserunning instincts to become a more efficient basestealer. Cameron could make an appearance in the big leagues at some point in 2019. His ability to play a solid center gives him a path to a future everyday job, while his arm gives him a fallback as a fourth outfielder.

  9. 9. Alex Faedo | RHP
    Alex Faedo
    Born: Nov 12, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 230
    Drafted: Florida, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: R.J. Burgess.
    Minors: 6-7 | 3.90 ERA | 134 SO | 25 BB | 115.3 IP

    Track Record: Surgeries on both knees between Faedo’s sophomore and junior seasons at Florida kicked off his draft year with uncertainty. He started slowly in 2017 but finished strong enough to earn Most Outstanding Player honors in the 2017 College World Series as the Gators claimed the national championship. The Tigers selected Faedo 18th overall and signed him for $3.5 million. He made his pro debut at high Class A Lakeland in 2018.

    Scouting Report: The first thing that jumped out about Faedo in 2018 was his missing fastball velocity. He sat 89-92 mph as a pro, down a couple of ticks from the 92-94 he sat in college. The lessened velocity affected all of his pitches. Faedo’s average changeup sometimes lacked separation, and his once plus slider dropped a half-grade because of his lack of arm speed. Without the ability to beat hitters with his fastball or command his pitches effectively, Faedo became home run prone. He allowed 15 in just 60 innings with Double-A Erie as a result of poor command that left a lot pitches in the middle of the zone.

    The Future: It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that 2018 was Faedo’s pro debut. If he can rediscover his previous arm speed, his fastball and slider could still work in a starting role.

  10. 10. Parker Meadows | OF
    Parker Meadows
    Born: Nov 2, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 205
    Drafted: HS--Loganville, Ga., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Bryson Barber.

    Track Record: Meadows is the younger brother of Rays outfielder Austin Meadows, and both brothers attended Grayson High in Georgia. Austin went ninth overall to the Pirates in 2013. Parker was a third-team high school All-American in 2018, when the Tigers selected him with the first pick in the second round. They spent $2.5 million to keep him from a Clemson commitment. Meadows ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and briefly made it to the college-heavy New York-Penn League in his first summer in pro ball.

    Scouting Report: Meadows has plus raw power and could hit for plus power in games in the future. But scouts have questions about his overall feel to hit, with long arms and a significant hitch in his load, which can be described as something of an arm bar. Even so, Meadows is athletic and a plus runner underway, and while his size might fit better in a corner one day, he should be a solid defender in either spot. The profile power and plus arm could make him a right fielder in the future.

    The Future: Meadows’ bloodlines give him a feel for the game, and after a strong pro debut in which he showed patience and power, he should move to full-season ball at low Class A West Michigan in 2019.

  11. 11. Willi Castro | SS
    Willi Castro
    Born: Apr 24, 1997
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted: Signed: Dominican Republic, 2013.
    Signed By: Ramon Pena/Felix Nivar (Indians).
    Minors: .304/.368/.471 | 11 HR | 17 SB | 467 AB

    Track Record: Castro, who was born in Puerto Rico but raised in the Dominican Republic, became the Indians’ top non-Cuban international signee in 2013 when he inked a deal for $825,000. He has been among the youngest players at every stop during his pro career, and he opened 2018 as the fourth-youngest player in the Double-A Eastern League. The Tigers acquired Castro from the Indians as a part of the deal for outfielder Leonys Martin. He finished the year with a cameo at Triple-A Toledo.

    Scouting Report: Switch-hitters can be tricky to project, and that’s certainly the case with Castro. For example, at Double-A Akron, he hit all five of his home runs lefthanded, whereas all but one of the four home runs he hit with Double-A Erie came from the right side. Overall, he projects as a below-average hitter with a 5-10 home run pop. He’s a solid defender at shortstop who was rated by EL managers as the circuit’s best defender at the position. He backs that up with plus arm and above-average speed.

    The Future: With further development and physical maturity, Castro could be a second-division regular. He’s likely to spend the bulk of his 2019 at Toledo.

  12. 12. Beau Burrows | RHP
    Beau Burrows
    Born: Sep 18, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted: HS--Weatherford, Texas, 2015 (1st round).
    Signed By: Chris Wimmer.
    Minors: 3-5 | 4.22 ERA | 63 SO | 35 BB | 70.3 IP

    Track Record: Of the seven prep pitchers drafted in the first round in 2015, two didn’t pitch in 2018, a third threw less than 10 innings and a fourth posted a 5.24 ERA in Class A. The durable Burrows has been more of a success story than his peers, as he quickly climbed to Double-A in his second season in pro ball.

    Scouting Report: Everything for Burrows is based off of an effective 92-94 mph fastball that can touch as high as 97. The pitch is more effective when thrown up in the zone for swinging strikes. He backs the pitch up with a pair of breaking balls, which work well in tandem, though neither is a plus pitch on its own. Burrows had more success throwing his low-70s curveball for called strikes, and he has shown the ability bury his mid-80s slider. His fringe-average changeup could develop into an above-average pitch if he could command it better. His delivery, which includes a very high front elbow and works as somewhat of a see-saw, might hinder attempts to improve his fringe-average control.

    The Future: Burrows should begin 2019 in Triple-A. The Tigers will try to develop him into a No. 4 starter, but his command issues and secondaries may eventually push him to the bullpen.

  13. 13. Joey Wentz | LHP
    Joey Wentz
    Born: Oct 6, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 210
    Drafted: HS--Shawnee Mission, Kan., 2016 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Nate Dion.
    Minors: 7-8 | 4.20 ERA | 137 SO | 49 BB | 128.7 IP

    Track Record: About the only thing that slowed down Wentz in 2018 was the disabled list. He missed significant time with an oblique injury, but when he was on the mound he was among the most effective pitchers in the Florida State League. He had a 29-inning scoreless streak at one point in 2018.

    Scouting Report: Wentz lost a little velocity in the adjustment to the five-day schedule of pro ball, but he's regained it. His 90-95 mph fastball plays even better than its radar gun reading because he gets good plane from his high overhand release point. Wentz spots his fastball precisely with above-average command even if he has only average control because he doesn't give in. Wentz mixes in a future above-average curveball and plus changeup. He's a solid fielder and limits the running game.

    The Future: Wentz would have likely made it to Double-A last year if not for his oblique injury. There are many, many starting pitchers in the farm system between Wentz and the big leagues, but it's hard not to be impressed with his feel and solid stuff. His ceiling is as a solid mid-rotation starter.

  14. 14. Kody Clemens | 2B
    Kody Clemens
    Born: May 15, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Drafted: Texas, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Matt Lea.
    Minors: .230/.315/.397 | 12 HR | 12 SB | 473 AB

    Track Record: Clemens, the youngest of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger’s sons, was drafted by the Astros out of high school but opted to head to college. After Tommy John surgery limited him to DH duties as a sophomore at Texas, Clemens swatted 24 home runs as a junior. The figure was good for second in the NCAA. Even though he was already 22 years old, the Tigers liked the offensive profile and popped him with their third-round pick.

    Scouting Report: Clemens puts the barrel on the ball, and has a plus hit tool with future average power. For a middle infielder, his defensive tools are seen as average across the board and should allow him to stick at second base. While he doesn’t possess a plus run tool, he runs the bases well. Known as a leader on the field, Clemens is competitive and has a natural feel for the game.

    The Future: After a solid pro debut, Clemens is likely to return to high Class A before being promoted to the Double-A Erie.

  15. 15. Wenceel Perez | SS
    Wenceel Perez
    Born: Oct 30, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 195
    Drafted: Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Ramon Perez/Carlos Santana.

    Track Record: As an amateur, Perez drew interest for his blend of athleticism and polish at a premium position. He showed a bat that produced plenty of line drives, as well quick-twitch characteristics in the field. The Tigers signed him for $550,000, and watched as he tore up the Dominican Summer League, then zoomed through three levels in 2018 before stopping at low Class A West Michigan.

    Scouting Report: Perez uses quick wrists, solid bat control and a knack for the barrel to produce quality contact from both sides of the plate. Those traits could help his hit tool get to plus with further refinement. The Dominican teenager should be able to build around his plus hit tool with an improved approach as he gets more at-bats. He’s a plus runner and works with good hands, quick footwork and enough of a throwing arm to stick at shortstop, providing a tool set that should create a future at a position up the middle.

    The Future: The Tigers like his athleticism, and they think he will be fine at shortstop for now. While he doesn’t have the pop to profile at a corner-infield spot, Perez has the skills to be an average big leaguer up the middle. Perez will return to low Class A in 2019, with a possible cameo at high Class A toward the end of the season.

  16. 16. Sergio Alcantara | SS
    Sergio Alcantara
    Born: Jul 10, 1996
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 170
    Drafted: Signed: Dominican Republic, 2012.
    Signed By: Junior Noboa (Diamondbacks).
    Minors: .248/.344/.298 | 2 HR | 7 SB | 322 AB

    Track Record: Alcantara came to Detroit from Arizona as a part of a package of three infielders for J.D Martinez before the August 2017 trade deadline. Alcantara played in 120 games in his first stint in the upper minors with Double-A after spending all of 2017 at high Class A.

    Scouting Report: His profile is clearly defense-first because he is very fluid, athletic and gifted with a 70-grade throwing arm. He is a plus defender who will be an asset on defense at the shortstop position for Detroit. Alcantara’s hit tool projects as average and he has a willingness to be patient in the box and draw walks, but his power is well below-average.

    The Future: Alcantara has great defensive value and a solid hit tool, and that combination should bring him to the big leagues in a utility role. He is a trusted defender already, and should find himself playing in the majors within the next two seasons as he continues to get at-bats against advanced pitching.

  17. 17. Gregory Soto | LHP
    Gregory Soto
    Born: Feb 11, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 240
    Drafted: Dominican Republic, 2012.
    Signed By: Carlos Santana/Ramon Perez.
    Minors: 0-4 | 5.31 ERA | 47 SO | 19 BB | 40.7 IP

    Track Record: Soto has long had big league stuff, albeit with little idea of where each of his pitches are going. He’s racked up 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings over the course of his six-season career, but has mitigated those whiffs with 5.4 walks per nine innings. Still, the Tigers believe enough in the arm that they added him to their 40-man roster before the 2018 season.

    Scouting Report: Soto works from a three-quarter arm slot and generates an electric fastball that has touched as high as 96 mph and profiles as a plus pitch. Soto’s slider sits in the low 80s and is below-average, but shows promise of become an average offering down the line. His changeup lags behind, and he will have to work hard in order for it to get to an average grade. His body and frame are built to accrue innings, which shows in back-to-back seasons of 23 starts in the minors.

    The Future: While Soto needs to develop a better changeup and greatly improve his control in order to start, his fastball and slider are good enough for him to profile as a low-leverage reliever in the relatively near future.

  18. 18. Nick Quintana | 3B
    Nick Quintana
    Born: Oct 13, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 187
    Minors: .198/.284/.288 | 2 HR | 5 SB | 243 AB

    Quintana was an elite prep prospect out of the Las Vegas area in 2016, noted for a smooth line-drive swing with gap power. The Red Sox drafted him in the 11th round, but he instead chose to attend Arizona, where he moved from shortstop to third base and has been a middle-of-the-order threat for three years. After hitting a combined 20 home runs between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Quintana has 11 home runs through 45 games in 2019. His above-average raw power is the best asset of his offensive game, and he’s been a solid hitter in the Pac-12. However, he has struggled with higher strikeout rates at Arizona—nearly 20 percent over three seasons—and his lackluster statistics from two summers in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .230/.312/.435 with a 38 percent strikeout rate in 69 games, leave questions about his hit tool. Defensively, Quintana has plus arm strength and a good feel for third base after developing at shortstop. He is a below-average runner, but that lack of speed doesn’t show up at the hot corner, where his impressive instincts allow him to be an above-average defender. Quintana’s talent is enough to make him a late Day 1 pick, but his previous struggles with a wood bat might push him back to an early Day 2 selection this June.

  19. 19. Logan Shore | RHP
    Logan Shore
    Born: Dec 28, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted: Florida, 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Trevor Schaffer (Athletics).
    Minors: 4-7 | 3.40 ERA | 57 SO | 38 BB | 95.3 IP

    Track Record: Shore moved between high Class A and Double-A a few times in 2018 before being dealt to Detroit as part of the package for righthander Mike Fiers. He logged 17 starts despite dealing with trapezius muscle issues that resulted in a trip to the disabled list.

    Scouting Report: Shore’s fastball will get into the low 90s with plus movement, but is seen as an average pitch. His best pitch is his changeup, which he throws with conviction in the upper 70s. The pitch grades as a future plus offering. Shore also features a curveball that sits in the mid-70s and is a clear third pitch. With a solid delivery and clean arm action, the righty shows solid command of his arsenal.

    The Future: After struggling in Double-A, Shore will need to spend more time adapting to better hitters in the upper minors. With a plus changeup, scouts think he can fit in at the back end of a rotation or as an effective member of the bullpen.

  20. 20. Sandy Baez | RHP
    Sandy Baez
    Born: Nov 25, 1993
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 245
    Drafted: Signed: Dominican Republic, 2011.
    Signed By: Carlos Santana/Ramon Perez/Miguel Garcia.
    Minors: 1-0 | 6.84 ERA | 21 SO | 15 BB | 26.3 IP

    Track Record: Baez, signed on the strength of a projectable frame and a fastball that was bumping into the high 80s as a teenager, has slowly developed into the type of pitcher the Tigers hoped they were getting when they signed him as a 17-year-old. He’s moved slowly through the system, but was added to the 40-man roster before the 2018 season and made his major league debut.

    Scouting Report: Baez’s fastball is a true 70-grade pitch, sitting in the mid-90s and touching 99. His best secondary pitch is a changeup that shows hints of a future above-average offering because of the confidence and feel with which it is thrown. Baez also throws a slider, but his stiff wrist limits it to a below-average pitch. His frame is quite durable, even though he has a bit of a violent delivery that features a head whack. This hurts his control and causes it to grade out as below-average.

    The Future: Baez is another candidate for Detroit’s bullpen in 2019. His plus-plus fastball is a potent weapon, and his changeup gives him a solid, two-pitch combination.

  21. 21. Paul Richan | RHP
    Paul Richan
    Born: Mar 26, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted: San Diego, 2018 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Alex Lontayo.
    Minors: 13-7 | 3.93 ERA | 121 SO | 21 BB | 130.7 IP

    Track Record: Richan's draft year started strong when he tossed eight innings of one-run ball against Michigan in an early-season tournament. He faded down the stretch a bit, but the Cubs were undeterred and popped him with their pick in the supplemental second round. Because he was so advanced, the Cubs moved Richan immediately to short-season Eugene, where he was part of the Emeralds' improbable run to the Northwest League title.

    Scouting Report: Richan's arsenal is by no means flashy, but he pounds the zone with four pitches for strikes. He starts his arsenal with a low-90s fastball that touched up to 94 mph as an amateur and couples the pitch with a potentially plus slider that he can throw for called strikes or bury for chases. He also throws a changeup and curveball that each project to be average or a tick above. Scouts who saw him at San Diego also noted a late-breaking two-seamer. Richan gets a little bit of a boost from deception caused by hiding the ball in the back of his delivery.

    The Future: Richan profiles as a classic innings-eater toward the back of a rotation. He has the pedigree to jump directly to high Class A Myrtle Beach if the Cubs decided that's the best place for his development.

  22. 22. Anthony Castro | RHP
    Anthony Castro
    Born: Apr 13, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted: Signed: Venezuela, 2011.
    Signed By: Oscar Garcia/Pedro Chavez.
    Minors: 5-2 | 4.18 ERA | 113 SO | 62 BB | 99.0 IP

    Track Record: After signing as a 16-year-old in 2011, Castro’s career has been a slow burn. He took five seasons--albeit with a Tommy John surgery included--to reach full-season ball. He reached the upper levels for the first time in 2018 in a three-start shellacking at Double-A Erie at midseason before heading back to high Class A Lakeland.

    Scouting Report: Castro sports a three-pitch mix, fronted by a fastball that works in the mid-90s. The best pitch of the arsenal is his changeup. Castro throws it with good arm action, and it has splitter movement that works down in the zone. His curveball projects as average in the future because it has solid depth and generates some swings and misses. Scouts like Castro’s mound presence and his competitive nature on the mound. He isn’t a strikeout machine, but moves the ball around effectively to get hitters out.

    The Future: Having three quality pitches should help Castro to adjust to Double-A after his disappointing stint in 2018. Although his stuff might not crack a rotation, the profile should be suited for a long relief role.

  23. 23. Bryan Garcia | RHP
    Bryan Garcia
    Born: Apr 19, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 203
    Drafted: Miami, 2016 (6th round).
    Signed By: Nick Avila.
    Minors: 3-0 | 3.10 ERA | 46 SO | 14 BB | 40.7 IP

    Track Record: Garcia had starred as Miami’s closer for three seasons when the Tigers popped him with their sixth-round pick in 2016 and put him on the fast track. Garcia zoomed through all four full-season levels in 2017 before having Tommy John surgery that wiped out all of his 2018 season.

    Scouting Report: Garcia’s fastball is a plus pitch that gets into the upper 90s. He throws a slider that projects as an above-average pitch with tight shape and good movement. The slider is coupled with a changeup that should be an average pitch with more work. He has average command, which should be enough to be effective in the big leagues.

    The Future: With his maturity and plus stuff, Garcia could make his major league debut late in 2019 with good health, and a solid two-pitch mix could pave the way for a late-inning reliever role.

  24. 24. Alex Lange | RHP
    Alex Lange
    Born: Oct 2, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 197
    Drafted: Louisiana State, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Kevin Ellis.
    Minors: 5-13 | 5.45 ERA | 94 SO | 53 BB | 102.3 IP

    Track Record: Lange was stellar in college, amassing a 30-9, 2.91 mark over three seasons at Louisiana State and reaching the College World Series finals in 2017. He was eased slowly into pro ball at short-season Eugene before getting his first full workload in 2018.

    Scouting Report: The biggest problem with Lange's season was that his fastball was down a notch from his college days, instead settling in at 89-92 mph. Moreover, the pitch wasn't thrown with much movement or life. Some scouts went as far as describing the pitch as a batting practice fastball. He backed the pitch up with a changeup that showed sink and fade and projected as plus, and a power curveball with bite and depth. The curve was inconsistent at times, and projects as average. He throws from a hurried, funky delivery that includes a head whack and can hamper his control and command. Evaluators suggest slowing down and making an effort to separate his hands over the rubber might better serve him.

    The Future: Lange will move to Double-A Tennessee in 2019, and has a ceiling of a back-end starter.

  25. 25. Matt Hall | LHP
    Matt Hall
    Born: Jul 23, 1993
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Drafted: Missouri State, 2015 (6th round).
    Signed By: Martin Miller.
    Minors: 5-4 | 5.30 ERA | 106 SO | 31 BB | 86.7 IP

    Track Record: Since his college days, Hall has been known for his curveball. He used the pitch to whiff 171 batters in 125 innings in his junior year at Missouri State before becoming the Tigers’ sixth-round pick in 2015.The pitch also helped him carve up the low minors, including 126 more strikeouts between two Class A levels in his first full pro season.

    Scouting Report: Hall fronts his three-pitch arsenal with a below-average fastball that sits in the high 80s and touches 90. His best pitch is his curveball, which he spins very well and throws in the upper 70s. His changeup is below-average, but has the potential to get to an average pitch with further refinement. He has average control of all his pitches. Detroit personnel point to improved command, especially with the fastball, as a big key for his success in the minors this year.

    The Future: Hall made his major league debut in 2018, and should be in the mix for a spot in the Tigers’ bullpen in 2019. Without a step forward with his fastball, Hall’s ceiling is a matchup lefty in the pen.

  26. 26. Travis Demeritte | OF
    Travis Demeritte
    Born: Sep 30, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Derrick Tucker
    Minors: .287/.388/.552 | 19 HR | 4 SB | 335 AB
  27. 27. Jacob Robson | OF
    Jacob Robson
    Born: Nov 20, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Drafted: Mississippi State, 2016 (8th round).
    Signed By: Justin Henry.
    Minors: .268/.353/.398 | 9 HR | 25 SB | 407 AB

    Track Record: Robson spent much of 2018 at Double-A before a promotion to Triple-A. He performed well, posting a .295/.376/.440 slash line across the two levels and leading the system with 142 hits and 29 doubles. His 11 home runs were a pleasant surprise in the power department, as his previous high was just three during the 2017 campaign.

    Scouting Report: Robson’s tools aren’t great, but he does bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the table. He is a plus runner who can fit defensively at all three outfield positions with an average throwing arm. His hit tool has the potential to be average, although the power grades out as below-average in spite of his double-digit home run season. Tigers’ evaluators love his energetic approach to the game.

    The Future: Robson should expect to spend more time at Triple-A if he does not make the roster out of spring training. He can do a bit of everything for his club, which adds to his versatility. The ability to play all three outfield spots while making solid contact creates a future role of a fourth outfielder moving forward.

  28. 28. Danny Woodrow | OF
    Danny Woodrow
    Born: Jan 26, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Drafted: Creighton, 2016 (12th round).
    Signed By: Ryan Johnson.
    Minors: .275/.350/.341 | 1 HR | 23 SB | 378 AB

    Track Record: Woodrow hit .343 as Creighton’s leadoff hitter and starting center fielder as a junior to earn a draft selection in 2016. The undersized speedster has continued to perform in pro ball. He was an All-Star at low Class A in 2017 and Double-A in 2018, and capped his 2018 season with a standout showing in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: A scrappy, versatile player with double-plus speed, Woodrow’s outfield range fits well in center field as he is able to cover plenty of ground in the gaps. A below average arm will ultimately keep him out of right field long-term. Woodrow’s swing does not generate much power, profiling as below-average, but he makes solid contact up the middle from the left side and takes his walks to consistently get on base.

    The Future: Woodrow will head to Triple-A in 2019. His speed and ability to get on-base should prove valuable as a backup outfielder sooner rather than later.

  29. 29. Elvin Rodriguez | RHP
    Elvin Rodriguez
    Born: Mar 31, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 11-9 | 3.77 ERA | 112 SO | 44 BB | 133.7 IP
  30. 30. Sam McMillan | C
    Sam McMillan
    Born: Dec 1, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Drafted: HS--Live Oak, Fla., 2017 (5th round).
    Signed By: R.J. Burress.

    Track Record: McMillan was known mostly for his glove as an amateur, and scouts saw little power coming from a frame that lacked much in the way of projection. He earned strong marks for his receiving, and the Tigers liked his upside enough to draft him in the fifth round in 2017 and sign him to a $1 million bonus, which was the highest handed out in his round.

    Scouting Report: While McMillan has a potential plus hit tool, he doesn’t show much power at all--he notched just seven extra-base hits in 50 games--and relies mostly on a contact approach and a solid feel for the strike zone. Scouts weren’t impressed by his defense this year, noting a league-worst 14 passed balls. His arm is below-average, too, and he threw out just 27 percent of runners with Connecticut. There’s plenty of work to be done to get back to his highly touted pre-draft defensive grades.

    The Future: McMillan still has plenty of development remaining, and his profile still gives him a chance to be a backup catcher.

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