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Detroit Tigers top 20 prospects following 2017 MLB Draft

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Nov 5, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; East outfielder Christin Stewart of the Detroit Tigers during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; East outfielder Christin Stewart of the Detroit Tigers during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 20, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Dominic Ficociello (72) and third baseman Andrew Romine (17) shake hands after they scored on a single to right off of the bat of Detroit Tigers shortstop Brendan Ryan (not pictured) during the fifth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the New York Mets at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Honorable mention part one

Relief Pitcher Zac Houston

Current minor league affiliate: Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps

Houston throws three pitches, including a fastball that can touch the mid-90s. He’s so far dominated in the low minors with a career 1.49 ERA and 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

In 30.2 frames for Single-A West Michigan this season, the 22-year-old has struck out 44 batters against just 18 hits, 15 walks and nine earned runs in 30.2 innings.

That spits out to a 2.64 ERA, a 1.076 WHIP and 12.9 strikeouts per nine frames.

Utility player Dominic Ficociello

Current minor league affiliate: Double-A Erie SeaWolves

Dominic Ficociello enjoyed a solid Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers this past year, with a .773 OPS, 11 RBI, nine runs scored, four walks, four home runs and a double in 53 plate appearances.

Capable of playing of playing first base, second base, third base and the outfield corners, the 25-year-old is batting .288 with a .359 on-base percentage, 33 runs scored, 19 extra-base hits, 19 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 302 plate appearances for Double-A Erie.

If he can continue to hit, it isn’t hard to imagine him serving as a bench cog in the future as a utility option.

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