3 Reasons the Detroit Tigers Could Catch Up to the White Sox

Michael Balko
Apr 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Mize (12) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Mize (12) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Number Two: Minor League Prospects

The Detroit Tigers have been staying afloat in the big leagues so far this season, but one thing that should certainly make them grin from ear to ear is the recent performances from some of their top prospects throughout the minor league system. While these players are still in the minor leagues, a few of them could get some strong considerations for a promotion to the big league club before the season’s end if they continue their hot streaks, and that would surely help the Tigers narrow their gap with Chicago.

One of the big names that stand out this season in the minors is outfielder Riley Greene, who is our number one ranked prospect, who is absolutely tearing the cover off the baseball this season. In just 27 games in Double-A Erie, Greene is batting a respectable .269 while adding 28 hits, five home runs, 19 RBI, and six stolen bases. Greene could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A ball if he keeps thriving in Erie, and a big-league promotion could certainly follow suit.

Another intriguing name to keep an eye on is outfielder Daz Cameron. Daz Cameron has dappled in the Detroit minor league system for five years now, but he finally received a promotion to the big leagues last season. Cameron was optioned to Triple-A Toledo prior to Opening Day, but he has played very well in Toledo recently and could receive a call back up to the Show. Cameron has been a major key defensively, and his much improved .403 on-base percentage certainly helps his odds as well. Detroit needs to get better in the outfield, and Daz Cameron could quickly be joining Derek Hill in Motown very soon.

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