Detroit Tigers minor league free agent outfield ideas
1. Nick Plummer (St.Louis Cardinals)
David Laurlia of FanGraphs did a piece on Plummer earlier this summer because Plummer was starting to become a prospect again. The former first-round draft pick in 2015 out of Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills is a left-handed bat that can play centerfield and showed some pop in between his time at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis with an. ISO of over .200 at Double-A and hitting 15 home runs.
While his strikeout rate this season is in the high twenties, keep in mind as Laurlia mentioned, that it has dropped down from the 30% range and he walked last season at around 14.1% at Springfield and 19.1% at Memphis. He looked healthy after struggling with wrist issues.
Trevor Hooth over at Bless You Boys and Prospects Live, came away impressed with Plummer’s improvement this season.
This was his swing before. It appears from my amateur point of view that his bat is much quieter and the way he rotates his hips on the swing has improved.
If there is one player the Tigers should seek right now is Plummer. He could be another local find that could help out the depth in the Tigers system, similar to Eric Hasse.
2. Forrest Wall (Toronto Blue Jays)
Chris Brown said he is an interesting speedy outfielder with minimal pop. He is a lefty bat that can play all three outfield positions and before coming to Toronto, he was drafted in the first round by the Rockies in 2015. I like his versatility and the ability to play multiple positions.
3. Luis Liberato (Seattle Mariners)
Here’s another lefty bat who was among the Mariners’ top prospects. He is known for his speed and 60 graded arm in the outfield with good range. He can play all three outfield positions. He isn’t known for his hit or power tool but someone who could be a 4th outfielder type.
4. Garrett Whitley (Tampa Bay)
Whitley is a right-handed bat who was drafted out of high school in the first round 13th overall by Tampa in 2015. He has been hampered by injuries but has raw power, speed and has shown a good eye at the plate with a double-digit walk percentage but with the way the minors were this season, those numbers may be a bit skewed.