Similar to catcher, the Detroit Tigers don’t have too much shortstop depth. Young prospect Hector Martinez has shown plenty of promise in the low minors, but he’s years away from the Majors at this point.
Outside of Simcox and the team’s incumbent options at the Major League level, Pinero is the best prospect in terms of being close to the majors.
A ninth-round pick in 2016, the towering 6’5” shortstop hit .271 in his first taste of professional baseball.
The Toronto native also added 26 runs scored, 22 RBI, eight doubles, two home runs, two stolen bases and a triple.
What is perhaps most encouraging is that the 22-year-old drew almost as many walks (29) as strikeouts (30).
Position: Relief Pitcher
Generally, recent 21st-round draft picks don’t tend to show up so soon on team’s lists of top prospects. However, Navilhon posted an extremely promising first professional season.
In 16 appearances with Connecticut in the New York-Penn League, the right-hander led the leagues with a sparkling 0.34 ERA in 26.1 innings.
What’s more, the reliever also added 29 strikeouts compared to just seven walks.
That spits out to 9.9 strikeouts and only 2.4 walks per nine frames. Navilhon’s strikeout rate ended up tying for 12th in the league.