Detroit Tigers “Wildcards”
RHP Dylan Smith and RHP Ty Madden
So for these players, it is a mix of potential, what I have been able to see, and the variable circumstances that currently exist in the Detroit Tigers farm system. While a vast majority of the names I mentioned before were pitchers, the trend continues since if you honestly asset the state of the depth, it gets thin pretty quick.
Enter 2021 1st round draft pick Ty Madden and 3rd round pick Dylan Smith. Manager AJ Hinch believes that Madden could quickly move through the system. The Big 12 pitcher of the year features a fastball, curve, slider, and a changeup.
As Chris Brown discussed when he was drafted, the upside is there for Smith to quickly move through the system.
Catchers Danuerys De La Cruz and Michael Rothenberg
Danuerys was among the Top 10 leaders in batting average in 40 games in the Complex League, batting .283 and finished with a wRC+ of 157 and an OPS of .957. He walked at a good clip so the real test is how he will handle himself at the next level.
Rothenberg showed pop at Duke and if he can show that power early on next season based on impressive defense abilities, he could also rise quickly through the system.
Shortstop Manuel Sequera
Sequera finished as the FCL player of the month after finishing the year strong, putting up a slash line of .333/.415/.727 in the month of September. He was part of the international signing class from 2019.