For prospect followers out there, Baseball America at the end of the season does some good work on individual leagues and their top 20 prospects. The first two have come out and BA has done both the rookie leagues to get started. The Tigers, who play in the Gulf Coast League managed to land three players on BA’s list. I would provide a link, but it is premium content, so I will just summarize.
The three players who made it?Austin Schotts, Jake Thompson, and Harold Castro. None of the guys were in the top 10, and all were at the back half, but it is still pretty impressive nonetheless. None of these guys is a first round pick, and Harold Castro was signed for around 30,000 dollars.
Castro is a guy that I have been touting quite a bit for the past year. He looks like a guy that can really hit, controls the zone well for a guy his age, and has some athleticism as well. His frame also suggests that he can add some pop later on, and he already has doubles power.
Thompson is a big dude, and the Tigers highest draft pick in 2012 in the 2nd round. He commands a solid fastball that can occasionally touch 93-94, and the Tigers hope they can get more in the future. His secondaries are decent already and as he continues to sharpen them, it looks like he could have three above average pitches.
Schotts is an exciting player the Tigers drafted in the 3rd round out of high school in Texas this past summer. His biggest asset is his speed, and he has the potential for some pop as well. Schotts played SS in high school and is adapting to CF because arm strength isn’t a plus.
I did an interview earlier this year with Schotts. If you would like to check that out, click here.
Also, check out our GCL season review as well if you would like here.