Detroit Tigers Arizona Fall League Options: Top Prospects
Odds of going to the Arizona Fall League: 10%
Riley Greene has had a spectacular season in which he turned himself into a consensus top-10 prospect in baseball. He has only missed a handful of games this year, though, and he still has 10 more to play in Toledo, so it seems likely the club will let him rest in the offseason.
Odds of going to the Arizona Fall League: 20%
Like Greene, Spencer Torkelson has had an outstanding season and is deserving of some time off. We’re putting his percentage slightly higher than Greene just because he has found Triple-A slightly more challenging, and because he went to school in Tempe. He might be slightly more inclined to return to his old stomping grounds, and it would certainly result in a lot of local excitement for the AFL.
Odds of going to the Arizona Fall League: 30%
Gage Workman is another player who saw a full season of action and deserves some time off, but, like Torkelson, he went to school at Arizona State. Unlike Tork, Workman is actually from the area, so it may be a real trip home for him. We’re keeping this one lower because the competition may be a bit stiff for Workman, who struggled for a bit at the High-A level before turning things around in the final month of the season.
Odds of going to the Arizona Fall League: 5%
Colt Keith did miss some time this year due to injury/illness, so he could potentially use some extra work, but sending him to the AFL would be exceptionally aggressive, and it could potentially harm his development. He struggled at High-A West Michigan this season, and that should be enough for him to know what he needs to improve for 2022.
Odds of going to the Arizona Fall League: 50%
No Detroit Tigers minor league has raised his prospect profile more over the past season than Ryan Kreidler. He’s done it by performing, and seemingly improving after a promotion to Triple-A. Like all the players on this list he probably deserves a break, BUT, and we know fans don’t want to read this, it would behoove the Tigers to see Kreidler against top competition as much as possible to know if he has a chance to be their shortstop of the future.
At this point the Detroit Tigers don’t have many highly ranked pitching prospects. Alex Faedo and Alex Lange are both ineligible because they are on the 40-man roster, and they’re in different stages of recovery from Tommy John surgery anyway. Jackson Jobe hasn’t thrown a professional pitch yet, while Ty Madden and Dylan Smith both completed long college seasons, and neither has thrown a competitive pitch in months.