Detroit Tigers Top 25 Prospects: Honorable Mentions
Position: Utility Player
After a solid season with Double-A Erie in 2016, Ficociello was invited to Major League Spring Training by the Tigers.
The former 12th-round pick is capable of playing first base, second base and third base. Just last season with the SeaWolves, the prospect started receiving playing time in left field.
His offensive numbers—90 wRC+, .677 OPS, 38 RBI, 29 extra-base hits and five stolen bases in 123 games—don’t jump off the page, but Ficociello’s defensive flexibility should eventually help him reach the Majors.
Position: Starting Pitcher
Had it not been for a shoulder surgery in 2016, Kevin Ziomek would likely rank highly on our rankings of Tigers prospects.
The former second-round pick turned in a 3.43 ERA and 8.3 punch outs per nine frames in 2015 with Lakeland.
He was limited to just one start last season due to the injury after logging 154.2 innings the season before.
A healthy campaign will go a long ways for the 24-year-old, who turned in a 2.27 ERA and 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2014. Ziomek also totaled 123 frames with West Michigan during the campaign.
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Should the starter rebound in 2017, he could very well rank significantly higher in the 2018 edition of MCB’s prospect list.