5 Detroit Tigers Double-A Players Worthy of a Promotion

Michael Balko
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.P1seawolves061521
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.P1seawolves061521 /
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Detroit Tigers Prospect Number Five: John Valente

This selection may come as a bit of a surprise, but one of the most reliable hitters in the Detroit Tigers’ organization all season long has been second baseman, John Valente. Not many people know too much about John Valente, but that is likely because he was a 21st Round Draft Pick out of St. John’s back in 2018 by the Detroit Tigers.

John Valente has the versatility to play second base, third base, or shortstop, and he has proven he can do so in Double-A Erie. Valente is one of the best pure hitters in Detroit’s system, and he currently has the fifth-highest batting average in the Double-A Northeast. Valente, this season, is hitting .320 with 47 hits, 14 runs, two home runs, 16 RBI, and he has even stolen nine bases.

John Valente is the spark of the Erie lineup, and he could be a dark horse candidate to move up to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers value a high batting average, and John Valente has the highest of everyone in the Detroit Tigers’ system, even higher than his top prospect teammates that take away a lot of the hype surrounding John Valente.

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