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Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Prospects Following 2016 Season

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Feb 23, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Joe Jimenez (77) warms up during the Detroit Tigers spring training camp at Joker Merchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 23, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Joe Jimenez (77) warms up during the Detroit Tigers spring training camp at Joker Merchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 19, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Tyler Alexander (13) pitches against the LSU Tigers in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Tyler Alexander (13) pitches against the LSU Tigers in the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports /

10. Tyler Alexander

Position: Starting Pitcher
2016 Affiliate: Erie SeaWolves

The Detroit Tigers first selected Tyler Alexander in the 23 round of the 2013 draft out of Carroll High School in Texas.

The left-hander didn’t sign and would go on to pitch for Texas Christian University before Detroit once again selected him in the draft—this time in the second round.

Alexander has gone on to live up to his billing as a high draft pick, excelling at every stop he’s made so far. In his first 37 innings for Connecticut in the New York-Penn League, the starter struck out 33 while only allowing five walks and four earned runs.

2016 Stats

As the calendar turned to 2016, the TCU product continued to pitch effectively. In 136.1 innings split between Lakeland and Erie, Alexander posted a stellar 2.44 ERA to go along with 105 strikeouts and just 20 walks.

Numbers aren’t everything in the minors, but the fact that Alexander is pitching well with a low walk count bodes well for him in the future.

Future Role

Speaking of which, Alexander could very well end up starting for the Tigers in the future. He may never lead a rotation, but he has the ability and upside to stick in the Majors.

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