Detroit Tigers Potential Top-100 Prospect – Ryan Kreidler
Ryan Kreidler enjoyed one of the biggest breakouts in the Detroit Tigers system last year, and he seemed like a player with an outside chance of cracking a top-100 list this year. He was one of just four primary shortstops to post a 140 wRC+ or better in Triple-A last year (min. 150 plate appearances), joining current or former top-100 prospects José Barrero, Kevin Smith, and Bobby Witt Jr. But Kreidler’s less-impressive time in Double-A (105 wRC+) and injury-shortened stint in the Arizona Fall League seem to have left scouts skeptical of his bat, with concerns about his ability to identify and hit breaking balls.
Perhaps repeating his performance with the Mud Hens over a longer stretch this year will allay some of those worries. Through nine games in Toledo this season Kreidler hasn’t been quite as impressive, but his .268 batting average, 14% walk rate, and .195 Isolated Power still seem pretty strong for a legitimate left-side defender. It may be that Kreidler eventually gets called up to Detroit (or traded) and exhausts his rookie eligibility before he can even make a top-100 list.