Projecting the best Detroit Tigers prospects three years in advance.
If you follow baseball prospects, you know exactly where to find the ranking lists most people use as a guide. The listings at Baseball America and MLB Pipeline are the most well-known Top 30 rankings. Meanwhile, analytically-minded sites like Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus have developed lists as well – as have many others. No matter what list you look at, prospects eventually graduate into big leaguers. Ideally, current Detroit Tigers top minor league talents like Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Spencer Torkelson, Tarik Skubal, and even Riley Greene will be in the big leagues before 2023 if all goes according to plan. As time goes on, the Tigers will need a new batch of young players to move up and occupy those spots. Follow the links ahead to see how the Top 5 Tigers prospects sort themselves out as we begin the 2023 MLB Season. We’ll start with one player currently in the system who sits just outside the Top 5 as a bonus.
6. SP Joey Wentz
Current Tigers MLB Pipeline Prospect Ranking: 8
When the Detroit Tigers dealt reliever Shane Greene to Atlanta, the Tigers figured Wentz would be hitting the big leagues sooner than 2023, but Tommy John surgery put Wentz’ accelerated timetable on hold. In a display of patience by the club, Wentz rediscovered his control and bounced back to post impressive 2022 second-half numbers in Toledo. The now 25-year old is fully recovered and even more effective than he was before surgery. Beginning the season with early success in Toledo could easily make him the first pitcher called up to help the big-league rotation.