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Detroit Tigers: Eight Prospects in the Low Minors to Keep an Eye on in 2017

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Apr 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; A view of the Detroit Tigers logo on the on deck circle at Comerica Park. The Indians won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; A view of the Detroit Tigers logo on the on deck circle at Comerica Park. The Indians won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila is in the midst of building a more sustainable farm system. Here are eight players in the lower levels of the minors worth watching next season.

Detroit Tigers fans haven’t exactly seen the gold standard of farm systems in years past.

Under former general manager Dave Dombrowski, the franchise opted to deal many of its brightest minor league talents for upgrade at the Major League level.

Sometimes, this strategy worked out brilliantly as the prospects traded away didn’t pan out while the players Detroit received thrived.

While the respective acquisitions of Miguel Cabrera, Doug Fister and Jhonny Peralta were all definite wins for the Tigers, there were losses as well.

The Devon TravisAnthony Gose swap stands out as a retrospectively poor deal for Detroit. The same can likely be said of the trades to acquire Edgar Renteria, Jose Veras and Joakim Soria.

However, things are different with Al Avila at the helm.

Detroit’s current general manager already added intriguing talent in his first draft in charge. The likes of Matt Manning, Kyle Funkhouser, Mark Ecker, Bryan Garcia and Zac Houston all have the upside to be key members of the Tigers roster.

Prospects like Manning, Christin Stewart, Funkhouser and Beau Burrows are some of the more notable names in the system, but there are plenty of other prospects to keep an eye on.

Here are eight players from the lower levels of the Detroit Tigers farm system that are worth monitoring next season.

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