Detroit Tigers No. 15 Prospect – Bryant Packard, West Michigan Whitecaps
2021 Stats: 63 ABs, .238/.377/.424, 3 HRs, 3 2Bs, 20 Ks, 12 BBs
So far in 2021, Packard has performed fairly well. The batting average has tailed off a bit but he also hasn’t played since May 27th so perhaps he was playing at less than 100%. He has commanded the strike zone well and even hit for some power. In a bit of a surprise move, he has spent the majority of his time in the outfield despite organizational talk about him moving to first base. Defensively, he isn’t going to win a gold glove but his trimmed down frame seems to have helped his range and allowed him to be a passable defender in the outfield.
Detroit Tigers No. 14 Prospect – Jake Rogers, Detroit Tigers
2021 Stats: 33 ABs, .212/.257/.333, 1 HR, 12 Ks, 2 BBs
Now, it is only 33 at-bats with the big league club but the early performance is not going to help the viewpoint that Rogers isn’t going to hit. A 33% K rate and only two extra base hits to this point is lackluster even for a catcher. He has been a positive on defense leading to 0.2 WAR defensively but he will need to prove he can be more productively offensively over the remainder of the season otherwise he may be out of chances with Detroit.
Detroit Tigers No. 13 Prospect – Alex Faedo
Faedo has not played and will miss the entire 2021 season due to TJ surgery.
Detroit Tigers No. 12 Prospect – Franklin Perez
Perez has not played and likely will not play in 2021 due to shoulder surgery. The former centerpiece of the Justin Verlander deal was actually released by Detroit however he agreed to resign with the club.
Detroit Tigers No. 11 Prospect – Parker Meadows, West Michigan Whitecaps
2021 Stats: 70 ABs, .129/.307/.323, 0 HRs, 4 XBHs, 29 Ks, 13 BBs
Meadows start to the 2021 season is certainly one he hopes to forget. He struggled mightily at the plate and was rarely in a position to make solid contact. Outside of the batters box, Meadows has been able to still show some of the tools that have tantalized evaluators since his high school days. He still has speed, arm strength, and plays solid defense. He was placed on the IL at the end of May so perhaps that was impacting him in the batter’s box.