Detroit Tigers Prospects

Detroit Tigers: A postseason review of the 2018 draft class

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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 – OCTOBER 18: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat with an official postseason logo is seen on the bat rack in the udgout againstthe New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Round 40: Kevynn Arias, C

Arias hit .150 in 20 games in the Gulf Coast League. He probably won’t be around in 2019.

Rounds 39 and 38: Cory Acton and Cole Henry, P

Acton and Henry are high schoolers who did not sign with the Tigers.

Round 37: Matthew Jarecki, OF

Jarecki slashed .245/.347/.437 with four home runs and 10 steals split between Tigers East and Tigers West in the GCL. One of the more impressive very late round performances for the Tigers.

Round 36: Yaya Chentouf, RP

Besides appearing to be named after a character from the Sandlot, Chentouf threw 36 innings with a 2.00 ERA and a nice 29/8 K/BB ratio with Tigers West and primarily with short-season Connecticut. He may have done enough to stick around.

Round 35: Chavez Fernander, RP

Another solid performance from a late round pitcher, as Fernander saw time with both GCL teams and the Connecticut Tigers. He finished with a 1.59 ERA and a 41/9 K/BB ratio in 39.2 innings. He’ll probably be around again in 2019.

Round 34: Vinny Esposito, OF

Esposito played with both GCL teams, slashing .312/.424/.496 with four home runs and 10 steals.

Round 33: Justin Childers, 1B

The Tigers need 1B prospects, but Childers’ .200/.342/.328 line in 40 games in the GCL probably isn’t going to cut it.

Round 32: Clark Brinkman, OF

The Creighton product was Detroit’s lowest selected prospect to reach High-A Lakeland, although he only hit .136 in six games there. He fared slightly better at short-season and in rookie ball, and could join the ranks of Creighton outfielders who exceed expectations in Detroit’s system, alongside Mike Gerber.

Round 31: Jayce Vancena, SP

A local product from the University of Michigan, Vancena made 12 starts between the GCL and Connecticut, pitching to a 4.62 ERA and an 0-8 record. That might be it for him.

Round 30: Jared Tobey, SP

A lefty from nearby Wayne State University, Tobey threw 36.2 innings for Tigers East, posting a 4.17 ERA and a 29/20 K/BB ratio. Yikes.

Round 29: Jeb Bargfeldt, RP

Bargfeldt tossed 25.2 innings of 4.56 ball with GCL Tigers East. He had two saves but an ugly 1.71 WHIP.

Round 28: Daniel Reyes, LF

Reyes showed elite speed in the GCL, giving him a small cameo at short-season where he hit .320 with two doubles in six games. He’ll likely start at that level again in 2019.

Round 27: Stevie Ledesma, SP

A big right-hander from UC-Santa Barbara, Ledesma pitched well enough in the GCL to earn a three start cameo in Connecticut, where he got crushed to the tune of a 7.80 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.

Round 26: Garrett Hill, SP

Hill started six games for Tigers West, posting a nice 3.11 ERA with a 46/13 K/BB ratio. He gave up a lot of hits, but was able to control most of the damage.

Round 25: Chance Kirby, SP

Kirby made it all the way up to Single-A West Michigan for four starts, where he posted a 4.87 ERA and a nice 20/4 K/BB ratio. He looked excellent in the GCL, and should be around again in 2019.

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