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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9. Jose Azocar

Position: Outfielder
2016 Affiliate: West Michigan Whitecaps

After hitting .234 for the Tigers’ Venezuelan Summer League team in 2013, Jose Azocar followed it up with a .340 batting average in the same competition the next year. Since then, he hasn’t stopped hitting.

In 58 games split between Detroit’s Gulf Coast League and the New York-Penn League affiliates, Azocar batted .325 with a .350 on-base percentage.

The outfielder isn’t much of a power threat, with just one home run in his professional career, however his hit tool makes him an intriguing prospect for the future.

2016 Stats

That hit tool was on full display last season for Western Michigan, as Azocar, who turned 20 in May, finished fifth in the league in hits while collecting 56 runs scored, 51 RBI, 14 stolen bases and eight triples.

Future Role

Azocar’s hitting and speed combination should help him progress through the Tigers system and eventually make his debut in Detroit. The prospect’s ability to handle center field certainly doesn’t hurt.

All told, the Tigers have a number of intriguing outfield prospects coming through the system. However, Azocar’s upside should allow him to crack Detroit’s Major League roster sometime in the future.

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