Detroit Tigers’ farm system ranked sixth in MLB
The Detroit Tigers are in the midst of a long, full-scale rebuild, but fans keep on getting glimpses into the organization’s bright future.
With the 2019 season on pace to be one of the worst in franchise and possibly league history, Detroit Tigers fans are desperate for something to look forward to. At many points this summer, it seems as if players in the Tigers’ farm system are giving Motor City baseball fans more to cheer about than the guys actually in the big leagues.
At this point, fans must keep looking to the future and now can feel a bit more excited about what is to come for the Tigers in the next few years. In his newest rankings of the MLB’s top farm systems, MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis listed the Detroit Tigers’ farm system as the sixth-best in baseball.
The Tigers jump up to number six after being ranked tenth in the preseason rankings. Detroit does only have three prospects ranked in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list, tied with Toronto for the least among the top ten farm systems, but all three of those players (Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and Riley Greene) are ranked highly within the top 50.
In his explanation for the Tigers’ high ranking, Callis claims that the farm system has not been this strong since the likes of Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris, and more were developing in the late 1970s. He also notes that the likes of Jake Rogers and Daz Cameron could be impactful future pieces from the Houston trade in 2017.
As the Tigers just miss out on the top five, the San Diego Padres are once again number one on the list of baseball’s best farm systems, with an astounding seven prospects currently ranked in the top 100. Rounding out the top five are the Rays, Dodgers, Marlins, and Diamondbacks.
The future is certainly bright for the Detroit Tigers organization, but who knows when we will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel that is the rebuild. With plenty of talented prospects playing well, hopefully, things begin taking shape sooner rather than later.