May 30, 2014; Toledo, OH, USA; Toledo Mud Hens third baseman Mike Hessman (27) in the dugout prior to the game against the Charlotte Knights at Fifth Third Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers’ minor league system has been universally panned for being the worst in all of baseball.
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That is not to say they don’t have big league-caliber players knocking on the door. In fact they have several intriguing youngsters that may or may not make the Opening Day roster but will almost certainly be in a Detroit Tigers’ uniform at some point this season.
While the Tigers’ roster is mainly set, the young players that are sent to AA and AAA won’t lose hope. Baseball offers a long season. There are injuries, inconsistencies and certain needs throughout the year. There is also September call-ups in which prospects can show whether or not they are ready to hit big league pitching or get big league batters out the following season.
So let’s take a look at five Tigers’ prospects that will make some sort of impact in 2015. They likely will not win Rookie of the Year, but could prove surprising or establish a little bit of hope that the Detroit Tigers’ future is not as bleak as everyone is predicting.
One name you will not see on this list is James McCann. That is because he has seemingly gone from being a prospect to a member of the 25-man roster. It would take a terrible spring for McCann to start the season in Toledo.