Detroit Tigers: Top 20 prospects for 2022 – Part One

Tigers prospect Cody Clemens practices during spring training.
Tigers prospect Cody Clemens practices during spring training. /
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Detroit Tigers No. 19 Prospect – Garrett Hill – RHP

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Erie SeaWolves starting pitcher Garrett Hill throws against the Harrisburg Senators. /

Garrett Hill made just two of our six lists, but that was enough for him to sneak into the back of the top 20. And he does merit some discussion after a strong season that included an excellent performance in the Arizona Fall League (13.2 IP, 1.98 ERA, 15H, 21K, 3BB). The Tigers drafted Hill in the 26th round back in 2018, so even reaching Double-A is an accomplishment, but he has a legitimate chance to make the bigs one day.

Hill’s fastball is a pedestrian offering that lives in the low-90s, but his changeup flashes as a plus pitch, and his low-80s slider shows average potential. Hill turns 26 soon, and the Tigers chose not to protect him in the Rule 5 draft, but he commands his stuff well enough to potentially eke out a role as a swingman or emergency starter.