Detroit Tigers: 5 Prospects to Watch in 2016

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Apr 2, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; General view during a spring training baseball game at Joker Marchant Stadium between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees was 6772. The Tigers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

It is hard to predict what the Detroit Tigers will do with some of their emerging and top prospects within the organization because so much is unsure for 2016.

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As we have mentioned often here, the Tigers’ ownership has pledged that they will still spend money in order to attempt to win the World Series next year and beyond. With several free agents departing this season, a very rich free agent class, and the Tigers with money to spend, it seems they will be very active in the free agency market.

What they will do is still up in the air. We know they need at least one top-flight starter and Al Avila has pledged to fix the rotation. You can only hope he gives the bullpen more attention than his predecessor and do they bring in another bat, such as trying to resign a red-hot and price-inflating Yoenis Cespedes?

Cespedes could be the x-factor. The Tigers could explore interest and if they sense that Cespedes might be out of their price range or in love with New York, they can move on to decide what they want to do in a Rajai Davis-less outfield.

These moves could lead to increased or reduced playing time for Detroit Tigers prospects.

Either way, these five prospects will likely play into the Tigers’ plans at some point in the 2016 season. Let’s take a look at them.

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