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

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Kody Eaves
Age: 23
Position: Infielder
2016 Minor League Affiliate: Erie SeaWolves

Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Jefry Marte, Eaves wrapped up his first full season above the Single-A level in 2016.

The 23-year-old only hit .222 with Erie, but did post a career-high .733 OPS at Double-A.

What is perhaps most impressive about the prospect is his ability to fill the stat sheet.

In 134 games for Advanced-A Inland Empire in 2015, the former 16th-round pick collected 71 RBI, 70 runs scored, 21 stolen bases, 17 doubles, 11 triples and 11 home runs.

Eaves continued to contribute in a number of different ways for Detroit’s Double-A squad last season.

Overall, the infielder drove in 51 runs while also adding 42 runs scored, 24 doubles, 11 home runs, six stolen bases and four triples.

Able to play both second and third base, Eaves could eventually find a role as a contributor with the Tigers.

Ryan Milton
Age: 25
Position: Relief Pitcher
2016 Minor League Affiliate: West Michigan Whitecaps

At 25-years-old, Milton isn’t your traditional prospect, but it’s hard to argue with his results so far in the lower minors.

The right-hander owns a 2.76 ERA in 84.2 frames since being drafted in the 23rd round in 2015.

Additionally, Milton has also struck out 11.5 batters per nine innings since becoming a professional.

Milton will obviously have to continue his success against better competition. However, if he does, there’s upside to be had coming out of the bullpen.

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