While the big names down in Toledo such as Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson grab the headlines, there are few Detroit Tigers prospects to pay attention to in 2022.
This week is the final games of the season for Double-A Erie, High-A West Michigan, and Low-A Lakeland. For Detroit Tigers prospect fans, it is the end of some considerable growth in a system that will be under new supervision in 2022.
Detroit Tigers fans are already becoming familiar with the infielder Ryan Kriedler’s rise to Triple-A among Greene and Torkelson after making the jump from Low-A in 2019. The story done today by Lynn Henning in the Detroit News ($) showed how in 2020, Kriedler worked with hitting instructor Doug Latta. Latta has been responsible for the swing changes of Derek Hill and Jake Rogers out of his headquarters in Northridge, California.
Kreidler has also recently seen time at third base, allowing for the Tigers to the positional versatility of Isaac Paredes and Kody Clemens, who has seen time elsewhere on the diamond down in Toledo.
While the Tigers’ previous top pitching prospects are now part of the starting rotation, 2021 allowed us to see a few names we may not have heard of before become more part of the Tigers minor league vernacular and could be more heard from next season. One ancient philosophy made this possible.
“Necessity is the mother of invention”- Plato
The July draft robbed us of a few debuts
With the draft being held in July, we as fans were robbed of the opportunity to see 1st round draft picks Jackson Jobe and Ty Madden pitch but did present a glimpse into how the farm system will stack up going forward with several pitchers being moved up because of necessity.
What seems to be coming up over the horizon is that a few names that have been staples in the system could be seeing new places in 2022. Let’s start with three names who have helped their case in 2020 stand out a bit.