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Detroit Tigers Prospects: Fall League All-Stars

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With their new World Series crown, the Kansas City Royals have proven that a solid farm system works. Several of their current players, including Kelvin Herrera, Danny Duffy, Eric Hosmer, and the World Series MVP Salvador Perez, were all originally drafted by the Royals. As of this moment, we fans do not know if the Tigers will continue their reboot from 2015 or if they will go out and spend big money on recognizable names. One thing we do know is that there are some prospects that we should be noticing.

While the Toledo Mud Hens, Lakeland Flying Tigers, and Erie Seawolves were floundering in their respective leagues, the West Michigan Whitecaps won the Midwest League Championship proving that there are promising players on the horizon. A few of the Detroit Tigers prospects are currently playing the Arizona Fall League and they are making an impact with the Scottsdale Scorpions. These are some of the names to notice:

JaCoby Jones

. This shortstop was part of the trade that sent Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh. He spent the second half of the season with the Erie Seawolves where he batted .331 and hit 6 home runs. He is currently with the Scorpions and maintaining an above-average batting average and a .356 OBP in his last 10 games. He was named an Arizona Fall League Player of the Week in October. The scouts appreciate his power at the plate and his speed on the bases. He has already earned a spot on the Fall All-Stars East Team.

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  • Mike Gerber: He spent his entire summer with the West Michigan Whitecaps where he played right field. In West Michigan, he earned named an All-Star during the regular season and in the post-season. He batted .292 in the summer, but he has improved to .308 in his last ten games in Arizona. He is currently in the running for a spot on Fall All-Stars East Team. 
  • Adam Ravenelle: Vanderbilt University knows how to develop pitchers and Ravenelle is more proof. Drafted in the fourth round in 2014, he has been eating up batters in the minors. He pitched in 19 games with West Michigan and posted a 3.93 ERA. The young right-handed pitcher boasted a 1.89 ERA in 62 innings allowing only 1 home run during his years at Vanderbilt. Ravenelle has also been named to the Fall All-Stars East Team.
  • While these names may not sound as exciting as what is currently available on the free agency market, they are young men who could be leading Detroit to victory in the coming years. With Al Avila at the helm and the reboot from July, the Tigers could be taking some cues from the post-season-dominating St. Louis Cardinals and newly crowned champions in Kansas City. It is time to get the farm system back on track.

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