Detroit Tigers: 3 Under the Radar Trade Targets

Tigers general manager Al Avila, pictured here with all the high-level prospects likely to be change teams at this year's deadline.
Tigers general manager Al Avila, pictured here with all the high-level prospects likely to be change teams at this year's deadline. /
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Zach Reks
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Zach Reks (88) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the second inning of a spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers under-the-radar trade target: Zach Reks

Zach Reks is a bit of a deep cut. He’s a 27-year-old masher who is likely viewed more as an organizational depth guy than a future big leaguer. The man who I really hope is referred to as Z-Reks has been in the news recently for his non-profit coffee company that aims to help minor league players.

Z-Reks has yet to receive a big-league opportunity and it definitely has something to do with the loaded Dodgers outfield. While he labors a bit on defense, he can flat out hit, producing an OPS above .900 over the last two seasons.

This year he’s batting .326 with a .404 on-base percentage and .565 slugging for Triple-A Oklahoma City through 12 games and 46 at-bats.

He has improved his walk rate each season, leading to a career-high 12% in 2019. Because of his age and standing in the organization, he likely would not be difficult for the Detroit Tigers to acquire.