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Detroit Tigers: Top prospects to play at Triple-A Toledo in 2017

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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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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 7: A general view of Comerica Park prior to the start of the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on April 7, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Bryan Garcia

A sixth-round pick in 2016, Bryan Garcia made quick work of hitters at Single-A West Michigan, Advanced-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie before ending 2017 with Toledo.

He struck out 27 of the 59 batters he faced with the Whitecaps, allowing just 12 hits, five earned runs and four walks in 14.1 innings pitched.

The hard throwing right-hander then proceeded to Lakeland, where he didn’t allow a run in 8.2 innings before jumping to Erie.

In 18.2 frames with the SeaWolves, Garcia allowed just the two earned runs while striking out 24.

His stats with Toledo weren’t as impressive (13.1 innings, 12 strikeouts, eight walks, six earned runs, one home run), but the reliever continued to miss bats.

This is all purely speculative, but Garcia could very well be on the Opening Day roster with an impressive Spring Training.

Grayson Greiner

Another player who joined Toledo later in the year, Greiner notched just 17 plate appearances with the Mud Hens.

Despite the lack of Triple-A experience, he seems like the obvious to step in as Detroit’s third catcher now that John Hicks has replaced Alex Avila as an occasional compliment and deputy to James McCann

Kody Eaves

If Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler are both traded this offseason, the Tigers should give Eaves a shot to win a job with the team in Spring Training.

Capable of playing both second base and third base, Eaves has mashed to the tune of a .200 ISO in each of the last two campaigns with Double-A Erie.

There will obviously be a step up in competition, but potential middle infielders with power don’t exactly grow on trees.

Next: For a number of reasons, the Tigers should sign Danny Valencia

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