Detroit Tigers Prospects

Detroit Tigers: Five prospects who will make their debut in 2018

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DETROIT, MI - APRIL 7: A general view of Comerica Park during the tribute to former owner Michael Ilitch during the opening day celebrations prior to that start of the game against the Boston Red Sox game on April 7, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 7: A general view of Comerica Park during the tribute to former owner Michael Ilitch during the opening day celebrations prior to that start of the game against the Boston Red Sox game on April 7, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 7: A general view of Comerica Park during the tribute to former owner Michael Ilitch during the opening day celebrations prior to that start of the game against the Boston Red Sox game on April 7, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Tigers are in rebuilding mode, and with that should come the long-awaited MLB debuts of many of the teams finest prospects.

The Detroit Tigers are without many of the veteran stars that graced the Motor City over the last few seasons. The loss of Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez and of course Justin Verlander  will no doubt change the dynamic of this franchise.

However, it creates room for many of the teams highly-touted prospects to strut their stuff at the big league level.

Most of Detroit’s high profile prospects are still a few years away from making their major league debuts. There are a handful, however, that should get called up at some point during the 2018 season.

According to MLB Pipeline, the Tigers have seven top-30 prospects would are projected to debut in 2018. Based on spring training performances and other scouting reports, I think five of them are likely to see the MLB in 2018.

Dawel Lugo and Tyler Alexander are the two whom MLB Pipeline has as 2018 debuts, but who I think may need another full year in the minors before they make the big leagues. Lugo is 3-for-11 at spring training so far, while Alexander has only thrown 0.2 innings.

Of the other five, some may hear the call early on in the year, if an injury or ineffectiveness plagues another player. Some may not get their chance until September, when teams are allowed to carry up to 40 players on their active roster.

Regardless, Tigers fans will get a chance to see players they have been hearing about for a couple of years (in some cases) but haven’t had a chance to see in person.

Here are five Detroit Tigers prospects who I expect to make their big league debut in 2018.

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