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Detroit Tigers: Notable prospects not on 40-man roster eligible for Rule 5 Draft

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 28: A Detroit Tigers hat, glasses and glove sit on the dugout stairs during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on June 28, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers win on a walk off home run 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 28: A Detroit Tigers hat, glasses and glove sit on the dugout stairs during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on June 28, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers win on a walk off home run 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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The Rest of the 2014 draftees

Rounding out the rest of the notable Detroit Tigers 2014 draftees who are potentially eligible for the 2017 Rule 5 draft are Turnbull, Greiner, Ravenelle and Voelker.

Similar to Hill, Turnbull has seen his career held up because of injuries.

Now 24, the former second-round pick made it to Erie this season. In 112 total innings, the right-hander worked to a 3.70 ERA, a .239 batting average against and 102 strikeouts.

Ravenelle and Voelker could both factor into the Tigers’ bullpen plans long term.

Both throw extremely hard and have promising off-speed deliveries.

Ravenelle spent 2017 with the SeaWolves, posting a 1.529 WHIP, 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.54 xFIP.

Fellow reliever Voelker made the jump from Erie to Toledo late in the year, going on to appear in a pair of games for the Mud Hens.

All told, the right-hander notched a 2.00 ERA, 10 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.056 WHIP. He walked just nine batters in 36 innings.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 25-year-old appear in the Majors next season. One player who could join him is catcher Grayson Greiner.

Greiner ended 2017 with Triple-A Toledo. He mashed 36 extra-base hits in 388 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A.

It’s conceivable that he could take over as the team’s third catcher behind James McCann and John Hicks.

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