This isn’t Eaves’ first time being eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, but he’s worth a look adding to the 40-man roster this time around.
An infielder with pop (19 doubles, 13 home runs and three triples in 367 plate appearances), Eaves has played second base, third base and shortstop in his minor league career.
After hitting .222 in 2016 with Erie, the 24-year-old batted .271 in stints with the SeaWolves and Mud Hens.
In the case that Victor Martinez isn’t on the Detroit Tigers roster next season and the team decides to move Miguel Cabrera to designated hitter and go younger, it may be prudent to hand the first base job to a prospect like Ficociello instead of a veteran like Efren Navarro.
A potentially useful bench piece, Ficociello can play the infield and outfield corners. He’s also seen some time at second base in his career.
With the Tigers’ lack of prospect depth at second base, Harold Castro has emerged as a prospect to keep an eye on down the line.
A 23-year-old who spent the majority of 2017 with Erie, Castro hit .295 with a .328 on-base percentage in 482 plate appearances this season.
He also added 33 RBI, and perhaps most importantly, 22 stolen bases.
If he can continue to hit and steal bags at Triple-A, he could be in the Majors with the Detroit Tigers at some point.