Detroit Tigers Top 25 Prospects: Honorable Mentions
While James McCann is undoubtedly the Detroit Tigers catcher of the future, the team could use some depth behind him over the long haul.
John Hicks looks like a potential piece, but outside of the 27-year-old and Grayson Greiner, Detroit’s next best backstop prospect may be Arvicent Perez.
In 74 games with West Michigan, the 22-year-old hit an impressive .303 while contributing 30 RBI, 28 runs scored and 20 extra-base hits in 74 games.
Perez didn’t draw many walks (seven), but he didn’t strike out all that much either.
Over the span of 290 at-bats, the catcher went down on strikes only 36 times.
A college teammate of Christin Stewart, Simcox played with the slugging outfielder at Lakeland this season.
While the shortstop doesn’t have the power of his fellow prospect, he did turn in a solid season for the Flying Tigers in 2016.
Logging 527 at-bats in 127 games, Simcox hit .262 with 51 RBI, 19 doubles, seven stolen bases, five home runs, and five triples.
A solid defender, the Tennessee product’s on-base percentage slipped from .367 in his first season to .298 last year. He’ll need to draw more walks moving forward.