Detroit Tigers Top 20 Prospects: How are they Performing

May 23, 2021 - Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Mize delivers a pitch. Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
May 23, 2021 - Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Mize delivers a pitch. Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers No. 10 Prospect – Daniel Cabrera, West Michigan Whitecaps

2021 Stats: 102 ABs, .284/.345/.480, 3 HRs, 5 SBs, 21 Ks, 10 BBs

On May 14th, Cabrera was hitting .094/.167/.156 since then he has caught fire and looked every bit the polished offensive player scouts believed he was during his time at LSU. Reports on his offense indicate he has a strong approach and looks to have quickly caught up to the speed of the pro game. Reports on his defense have been more mixed but overall Cabrera is living up to expectations after a slow start.

Detroit Tigers No. 9 Prospect – Daz Cameron, Toledo Mud Hens

2021 Stats: 65 ABs, .292/.395/.446, 1 HR, 7 XBHs, 2 SBs, 15 Ks, 9 BBs

Cameron started the season on the IL and had a brief rehab stint at Lakeland before a promotion to Toledo. During his brief stint so far at Toledo Cameron has been excellent offensively. Commanding the strike zone and hitting for average and power. His defense remains strong as well and assuming he can stay healthy should be in line for a promotion to Detroit later this summer assuming the need arises.

Detroit Tigers No. 8 Prospect – Dillon Dingler, West Michigan Whitecaps

2021 Stats: 86 ABs, .302/.413/.628, 7 HRs, 29 Ks, 12 BB

(Insert eye popping emoji here) Dingler has been nothing short of superb to this point in 2021. He has likely already cemented himself inside the top 100 prospects in baseball with his performance and he certainly will be rising among prospects in the Tigers system. Name the area and Dingler has done nothing but exceed expectations. If you were trying to nit-pick his strikeout rate is a bit high but that is really splitting hairs.

Detroit Tigers No. 7 Prospect – Joey Wentz, Erie SeaWolves

2021 Stats: 5.2 IP, 4.76 ERA, 7 K s, 1.24 WHIP, 3 BB

Wentz is on a rehab assignment and was assigned to Lakeland. He has started two games and the second of those starts was very promising. Four, scoreless innings, five strikeouts, one hit, and no walks is an encouraging sign for a prospect coming back from major surgery. Also, reports on his velocity have him sitting in the low 90s which is another positive sign. It is great to see him back playing baseball and hopefully with our next update there will be lots more to dissect.

Detroit Tigers No. 6 Prospect – Isaac Paredes, Toledo Mud Hens

2021 Stats: 100 ABs, .270/.357/.390, 2 HRs, 6 XBHs, 16 Ks, 13 BBs

Let’s start with the positive, Paredes is doing what he has done in the past. Showing an advanced approach at the plate, as demonstrated by the strong BB:K ratio, and making lots of contact. Evaluators have always been high on his bat to ball skills and he is proving them correct. The problem early in 2021 has been Paredes hasn’t shown an uptick in his power production. His SLG% and his ISO are both below average. After a slow start he has been heating up with the weather though so the power may show up more consistently soon. His has primarily played second base and he has proven capable defender at the keystone. This helps his versatility and gives him a broader range of outcomes to help in Detroit.