Detroit Tigers top 20 prospects following 2017 MLB Draft
#2 Outfielder Christin Stewart
Current minor league affiliate: Double-A Erie SeaWolves
Erie currently fields many of Detroit’s top prospects. The good news is that many of them will eventually be playing for Toledo—and just a phone call away from the majors— in the near future.
Stewart is perhaps the prospect with the most upside on Lance Parrish’s team.
With a penchant for drawing walks and hitting the ball over the wall, Stewart will eventually be hitting in the middle of Detroit’s lineup at Comerica Park.
The 23-year-old is currently batting .279 with a .359 on-base percentage, a .552 slugging percentage and a .914 OPS in his second taste of action at Double-A after seeing action in 24 games there down the stretch in 2016.
Additionally, Stewart has mashed 18 home runs, 14 doubles and three triples to go along with 55 RBI, 39 runs scored, three stolen bases and his strong on-base numbers.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see him in Detroit by the time September call-ups roll around, though that is purely speculative.
#1 Starting pitcher Matt Manning
Current minor league affiliate: Short-season Single-A Connecticut Tigers
The Detroit Tigers future rotation could at one time feature some combination Michael Fulmer, Manning, Faedo, Daniel Norris, Funkhouser, Burrows and Matt Boyd.
That’s not a bad group to build around, especially considering the frontline potential of Manning and some of the other prospects.
The ninth-overall pick in 2016, Manning has ace-like upside with a blazing fastball, a strong power curve and a solid changeup.
Considering he was a two-sport athlete in high school, Manning doesn’t have as much mileage on his arm as other pitching prospects at his point in the development process.
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This will only benefit the Detroit Tigers if the right-hander lives up to his potential.