Detroit Tigers: Double-A Erie SeaWolves are team to watch in 2017

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Feb 28, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers player Dominic Ficociello (72) high fives Detroit Tigers third base coach Dave Clark (25) as he rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers player Dominic Ficociello (72) high fives Detroit Tigers third base coach Dave Clark (25) as he rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers minor league affiliate, the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, have a number of prominent prospects on their roster. The SeaWolves are a team to keep an eye on over the coming months.

Detroit Tigers fans have seen the team incorporate significant youth into the team in recent seasons.

What was once a veteran-heavy team now utilizes the likes of Nicholas Castellanos, Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd, James McCann, Daniel Norris, Jose Iglesias, Tyler Collins, Dixon Machado and Shane Greene on a weekly basis.

Additionally, JaCoby Jones, Joe Jimenez, Bruce Rondon and Kyle Ryan have all contributed to Detroit this season.

The young talent has certainly helped the Tigers. Moving forward, the next wave of young talent could come from Double-A Erie’s roster.

While Triple-A Toledo currently has Jones, Jimenez (currently on the disabled list) and Rondon on the team’s roster, the rest of the team is comprised of veterans.

The next wave of impactful call ups—in the long run—will come from Erie.

The SeaWolves have used their fair share of veterans this season, like Gustavo Nunez (29) Waldis Joaquin, Argenis Diaz and Anthony Vasquez (all 30), but the team is predominantly made up of prospects.

Leading the way for Erie is slugger and walk-drawing machine Christin Stewart, who has mashed 10 home runs and drawn 21 walks in 145 plate appearances. He owns a .386 on-base percentage and a .610 slugging percentage.

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