Detroit Tigers Top 25 Prospects: 15-11, Ecker, Voelker, Azocar, Maddox and Martinez

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#13 Jose Azocar
Age: 20
Position: Outfielder
2016 Minor League Affiliate: West Michigan Whitecaps

A potential member of Lance Parrish’s 2017 Erie roster, Azocar has intriguing upside.

An above-average fielder waiting to happen, Azocar has also shown the ability to make consistent contact at the plate.

Over the span of 129 games with West Michigan in 2016, the 20-year-old hit .281 with a .315 on-base percentage.

The outfielder also added 141 hits, 56 runs scored, 51 RBI, 14 stolen bases, 11 doubles and eight triples.

Additionally, Azocar was also playing against competition that was on average of 1.5 years older than him, making his stats all the more impressive.

Potential Future Role With the Detroit Tigers

It remains to be seen when Jose Azocar will make his Major League debut, but he certainly has the upside to succeed should he reach Detroit.

What’s more, a starting job could be waiting for him with the Tigers.

By the time Azocar reaches the Majors, one or both of the outfield corner spots could be open.

J.D. Martinez or Justin Upton could depart, or the Tigers may decide to shift one of the duo to designated hitter.

Detroit may need a replacement for Victor Martinez, who will be approaching 40 by the time his contract expires following the 2018 season.

Upton or J.D. Martinez could fit the bill, leaving a potential opening for Azocar in the field.

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