Tigers Have Three of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects
By John Parent
Baseball America released their much-anticipated Top-100 prospect rankings today. Topping the list was Washington’s Bryce Harper, followed by fellow teenager Mike Trout of the Angels. Yankees catcher Jesus Montero ranked third. Kansas City’s vaunted farm system placed three in the top-10, with Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Wil Myers coming in at 8-10. Kansas City placed two others in the top-20.
Where do the Tigers rank? Take a look after the jump.
The first Tigers you’ll find on the list is right hander Jacob Turner, who ranks as the 21st best prospect according to BA. Despite his age, Turner could, could, be in line for a mid-season cameo at some point should the Tigers need a spot starter.
Last year’s supplemental round pick, Nick Castellanos, comes in at number 65. The third baseman is still a handful of years away from a potential date in the big leagues, but he has all the tools needed to be the heir apparent to Brandon Inge at the hot corner.
The final Tiger to make the list is left hander Andy Oliver, ranking 87th. Oliver made seven starts for the Tigers last year and could be a factor in the rotation in 2011 as well. If things don’t go as planned via injury or ineffectiveness to another starter, Oliver could even make the club out of camp. More likely, he’ll be a mid-season call up the first time the Tigers need a replacement in the rotation.
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