Detroit Tigers Links: Prospect Rankings, Devon Travis, and Nick Castellanos


May 26, 2013; Hoover, AL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores outfielder

Connor Harrell

(20) cheers on his teammate after reaching third base against the LSU Tigers during the championship game of the SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Met. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers Top 30 Prospects: 29-26 – Jordan Gorosh – Bless You Boys

"The ranking of the top 30 prospects moves into full scale with 26-29 on our list. (Here’s No. 30, in case you missed it.)"

Some interesting names to keep on your radar for next season. Three of the four are 2013 draftees that impressed in their first half-season in the lower minors.

Former 13th-round pick Travis is rising fast – Jason Beck –

"Travis will be in camp with the Tigers this spring, and while he won’t be vying for an Opening Day job, he’ll have a chance to make an impression.“I think when we identified him out of the Draft, we thought we were getting a very good defensive second baseman with the ability to hit,” Tigers vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd said. “Obviously what he’s done since he’s been in professional baseball [has impressed].”"

Travis had a monster BABIP last year — he probably can’t keep that up in the upper minors — but even adjusting for that he was well above average in both the Midwest and Florida State leagues in 2013. AA will present a new challenge for the helium-filled second base prospect.

Tigers take gamble with Nick Castellanos, but should give him time to develop – Kurt Mensching – Bless You Boys

"If Castellanos struggles out the door, the Tigers — and their fans — should give him plenty of time to turn it around, because as of today the alternatives are none too pretty — Don Kelly and Steve Lombardozzi are not exactly exciting possibilities."

I think he’ll get plenty of chances to stick in the big leagues. The only exception might be if he is neither hitting nor fielding at an acceptable level.