Detroit Tigers Potential Top-100 Prospect – Gage Workman
Gage Workman joined Parker Meadows on this list last year, and he offers the same sort of tantalizing tools and raw upside as his counterpart in center field. Workman was remarkably young for a draft-eligible college junior in 2020 — he’s just nine days older than Meadows. He struggled upon his promotion to the West Michigan Whitecaps last year, but hit .266 with 26 extra-base hits over his final 43 games, and the Tigers challenged him with an assignment to Double-A Erie this year.
Strikeouts have always been a problem for Workman, and his swing-and-miss issues have continued this year. But he also does damage when he makes contact, he’s an excellent baserunner, and he should stick on the left side of the infield. Workman tied for second in minor-league baseball with 37 doubles last year, he has three doubles and two home runs already this season, and he’s a perfect 8/8 on stolen base attempts.
There’s plenty of risk here, and that may keep him off top-100 lists. But it’s awfully rare to find legitimate left-side defenders with 20-20 potential, even if it comes with a low batting average and low walk totals. Danny Espinosa was that kind of player, and though his star faded quickly, he did make a few top-100 prospect lists, and he produced 8+ WAR in his career.