Baseball America released its list of the top 100 prospects in major league baseball. The Detroit Tigers have three prospects in that list.
During the rebuild of the Detroit Tigers, there is going to be an added emphasis on the farm system. This emphasis will be to solidify the idea that a strong farm system is a key cog of the rebuilding process.
With it being prospect season, Baseball America released their list of the top 100 prospects in major league baseball. Three prospects in the Detroit Tigers farm system made their way onto the list. Franklin Perez, Alex Faedo (who was profiled last week), and Matt Manning, all right-handed pitchers, made the top 100 list.
Franklin Perez was the centerpiece of the trade with the Houston Astros that sent Justin Verlander out west. Perez, ranked 35, played at the AA level last season with the Astros and will likely spend 2018 with AA Erie SeaWolves.
The Detroit Tigers drafted Alex Faedo as their top selection in June’s MLB Draft. Faedo finds himself ranked 50th on the list despite never playing pro ball. The last pitcher ranked on the list, Matt Manning, is ranked 78. Manning was the Tigers top selection in the 2016 Draft.
Playing in Single-A ball, Manning posted a 3.78 ERA. According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, he will likely be headed up a class in 2018. As Fenech points out, of the top 10 Tiger prospects (according to Baseball America) five of them have come to the Motor City via trades in the last season.
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As more major publications come out with their lists, look for the Detroit Tigers to get high praises. These high praises won’t necessarily be because they have the best farm system. They’ll come in as praise for growing prospect talent through trading away veteran players and make strong signings of prospects.