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Detroit Tigers: Lakeland Infield Predictions (7)
- Justice Bigbie – Bigbie played mostly outfield and third base at Western Carolina University, where he hit .350 with 27 home runs over 176 career games, but he spent most of his pro debut manning first base in the Florida Complex League.
- Alvaro Gonzalez – Gonzalez received a $1 million bonus as Detroit’s top international signing in 2017. He plays second base exclusively now, and so far in his pro career he has shown some on-base skills, but not much power or hitting ability. Last year he batted .200/.325/.263 in 64 games with Lakeland, so he needs to repeat the level.
- Chris Meyers – Meyers was the MAC player of the year last season after hitting .378 with 15 home runs (and making three starts as a pitcher) for the Toledo Rockets. He played first base only in pro ball, though, and struggled quite a bit with his bat, hitting just .200/.313/.322 in 34 games.
- Izaac Pacheco – Pacheco is a massive kid who technically plays shortstop, but we expect him to see just as much time at third base in 2022. He had trouble making contact in rookie ball, so the Tigers might not promote him to Low-A, but presumably they believe in last year’s 2nd rounder and will want to push him a bit.
- Adinso Reyes – Reyes received the 2nd largest bonus handed out by the Tigers in their 2018 international free agent class, and he hit .331 with power in the DSL in 2019. The power stayed for his stateside debut last year, but he batted just .184 with a 40% strikeout rate in the Florida Complex League. He split time between shortstop and third base, and he could easily return to the FCL based on the rest of Lakeland’s roster.
- Cristian Santana – Detroit’s biggest international signing from the 2020 class (though technically not signed until 2021), Cristian Santana had an outstanding pro debut last year, posting a 161 wRC+ in the Dominican Summer League. The Tigers could take it slow and send him to the FCL, but from most accounts he’s an advanced hitter who may be ready for full-season ball at 18. He could split time between short and second base.
- Manuel Sequera – Sequera was one of the bigger breakout prospects in the system last year, leading the FCL in home runs as a 18-year-old in his pro debut. He landed a sizable bonus in Detroit’s 2019 IFA class, and he’s a huge boom or bust prospect who might not stick at shortstop. But he’ll forever be known as the first player to hit a home run off Jackson Jobe: