Detroit Tigers should sign top prospect Kevin Maitan

Al Avila, Detroit Tigers (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 28: A wide view of Comerica Park during a MLB game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox 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 Tigers fans haven’t seen the team be prominent players much on the international free agent market. The organization should try and sign top prospect Kevin Maitan. Here’s why.

Detroit Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila has steadily improved the organization’s farm system over the last two years through trades and the draft.

Avila snagged potential frontline starting pitchers in Matt Manning and Alex Faedo in the first round of each of the last two drafts.

He also added another pitcher with the ceiling of an ace or a frontline hurler in Franklin Perez, who came over in the Justin Verlander blockbuster.

Speaking of the trade, it also netted Detroit two much needed, high upside position player prospects in catcher Jake Rogers and outfielder Daz Cameron.

The Tigers have plenty of promising pitching prospects coming through the ranks, from Manning, Faedo and Perez to the likes of Beau Burrows, Kyle Funkhouser, Gregory Soto, Sandy Baez and Gerson Moreno.

In fact, much of Avila’s work at the July and August trade deadlines involved bringing in position player prospects.

In addition to Rogers and Cameron, trades of outfielder J.D. Martinez, closer Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila brought back position players for the future in third baseman Jeimer Candelario, shortstop Sergio Alcantara and fellow infielders Isaac Paredes, Dawel Lugo and Jose King.