Detroit Tigers: How Origination’s Top Prospects are Faring in Arizona Fall League

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Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) hits a double in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) hits a double in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Grayson Greiner and Artie Lewicki

Grayson Greiner

AFL Stats: 13 at-bats, 12 total bases, six hits, five RBI, three doubles, three runs scored, two walks, one home run and no strikeouts.

Will Greiner Crack the Major League Roster in 2017?

Probably. A towering, 6’6” backstop, Greiner made it all the way to Toledo, where he made his Triple-A debut at the end of the season. In his time split between Lakeland, Erie and Toledo in 2016, the right-handed hitter posted a .293 batting average, 42 RBI, 34 runs scored, 15 doubles, seven home runs and three triples.

Greiner is more known for his defensive work than anything else, so the offensive production is extremely encouraging.

If the Detroit Tigers head into 2017 with John Hicks operating as James McCann’s primary deputy, then Greiner will suit up for the Tigers at some point as the third catcher. That was the role that Hicks played in 2016, as he saw action in a game for Detroit as a September call up.

Artie Lewicki

AFL Stats: Four appearances, 6.2 innings pitched, 11 this allowed and six runs (five earned) allowed. Struck out four while walking just one. Gave up one home run.

Will Lewicki Crack the Major League Roster in 2017?

Probably not, no. Lewicki posted impressive numbers for Lakeland and Erie (3.44 ERA, 77 strikeouts, 19 walks in 89 innings), however Detroit may not want to rush things.

Additionally, the team employs plenty of other options who could step up in the event of an injury or trade. These include Buck Farmer, Myles Jaye and Chad Bell.

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