Detroit Tigers: Top prospects to play at Triple-A Toledo in 2017
Along with Stewart, Gerber is one of the few position player prospects in the system who should make an impact sooner rather than later.
The former 15th-round pick has done nothing but produce since being drafted in 2014, hitting his way towards a call up.
That call up could come soon for the 25-year-old.
Detroit currently has a need in center field, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Gerber, who is also a capable defender, break camp with the team and platoon with Jones.
At this point, it would probably be better long-term to give the at-bats to someone like Gerber now than to run out veterans like Alex Presley or Tyler Collins on a daily basis.
The Creighton product notched 20 plate appearances with Toledo after spending the bulk of the year with Erie.
He recorded eight hits, three runs scored two doubles, two RBI, two walks and a triple.
One of the many hard-throwing, one-inning relievers in Detroit’s system, Voelker pitched at three different levels in 2017, including three innings with the Mud Hens.
Overall, he turned in a 2.00 ERA, 1.056 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 36 innings.
With an unsettled bullpen filled with uncertainties, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Voelker in the Majors by May or June if not sooner.