Detroit Tigers: 3 Yankee trade targets to keep an eye on this series

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher JosŽ Ure–a (62) pitches to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, May 2, 2021, in New York.Tigers At Yankees
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher JosŽ Ure–a (62) pitches to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, May 2, 2021, in New York.Tigers At Yankees /
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3.Outfielder Estevan Florial

Florial was sent back down after the doubleheader yesterday to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the outfield situation in New York has been destroyed by injuries. He went 1-for-3 in his one-game appearance.  He comes in as the number 10 prospect in the Yankees system according to MLB Pipeline. 

He has not gotten off to a good start in between spending time between Double-A and Triple-A this season, putting up a slash line of .211/.300/.535 with a walk rate around 10% and a strikeout rate of 23%. but he has six home runs so far in just 18 games above the High-A level so far.

Manager Aaron Boone said he does need more experience and that is a good point so why not in Detroit? He is a left-handed bat with speed and strength and can play centerfield, where the Tigers do have Riley Greene waiting in the wings but Greene could be placed in either corner spot. Florial also has the same range to play any outfield position.

Does the strikeout rate alarm you at first glance? It does but the walk rate has been near 10% so that should play out find if he is hitting for power and providing speed.

An outfield of Akil Baddoo, Riley Greene, and Estevan Florial does not sound too bad at all for the rest of the summer in 2021 or  2022, should the Tigers decide to trade Robbie Grossman.

Plus, if the Tigers are not going to spend money, with Florial, you have someone under club control with tremendous upside.

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