Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila is moving away from hefty contracts. The Tigers will now focus on development. With that said, here’s how Detroit’s prospects are faring in the Arizona Fall League.
Detroit Tigers fans saw a fare bit of youth infused into the active roster last season. Not only did the likes of JaCoby Jones and Michael Fulmer make their Major League debuts, but Fulmer, Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Bruce Rondon established themselves as integral parts of the team.
With Avila looking to operate with a younger and more fiscally-sustainable team, the emergence of the young players was key.
However, the aforementioned players aren’t the only young players with high upside in the Detroit system. The likes of Matt Manning, Mike Gerber and Joe Jimenez will all contribute to the Tigers down the road.
All seven players will get valuable experience and reps playing for the Salt River Rafters against other top minor league talents.
Coincidentally, the group is joined by a pair of former Tigers farmhands. Backstop Kade Scivicque, who went to Atlanta in the Erick Aybar trade, is also playing for the Rafters—as is pitcher Gabe Speier.
Here’s a look at how the seven current Tigers farmhands are doing so far in the Arizona Fall League.