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Detroit Tigers Prospects: Arizona Fall League Weekly Roundup (10/10-10/15)

Tyler Kotila
Snow falls as the game is suspended until Wednesday in the eighth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The game entered a rain delayed after Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Lucas Sims (39) walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and refused throw any more pitches in the heavy rain.Arizona Diamondbacks At Cincinnati Reds
Snow falls as the game is suspended until Wednesday in the eighth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The game entered a rain delayed after Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Lucas Sims (39) walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and refused throw any more pitches in the heavy rain.Arizona Diamondbacks At Cincinnati Reds /
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Detroit Tigers, Jordan Lawlar
Visalia Rawhide’s Jordan Lawlar rounds third Friday, April 8 on a home run against Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at Valley Strong Stadium.Syndication Arizona Republic /

A couple of quick notes from the AFL 2022 season

The Detroit Tigers have their group of prospects there with the Rafters. With the focus being on the players, things have not been smooth sailing for them whatsoever. The team is currently 3-9 through the season’s first two weeks.

The Rafters have scored just 64 runs, giving up 107 to the opposition. This 43-run differential is the worst in the league. The next worst is a two-way tie at the top of the league, with Peoria and Surprise both being +1 on their run differential.

The Rafters are the only team with a negative run differential by an absolute landslide. Not the best start for them. There have been a few standouts that might be noteworthy for fans besides the Tigers’ prospects.

Zac Veen and Jordan Lawlar have swung it well. Veen, a Colorado Rockies outfield prospect, continues to find barrels and get the job done. Plenty to be excited about for the Rockies fans. Lawlar was a prep shortstop the Tigers passed on when they took Jackson Jobe, who was selected sixth by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He continues to hit well this fall and do an excellent job with the Rafters, being a source of offense. There are tools to like that he’s clearly been developing during his time with the Diamondbacks organization. Grant Lavigne, a Rockies competitive balance pick from the 2018 MLB Draft, has picked up ten hits, with five of them being doubles.

When it comes to the arms, Wentz has been the best arm, but among qualified pitchers, Connor Thomas, a left-handed pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system, has been decent. But there’s plenty to be desired from the team’s pitching staff.

Next. 3 prospects who will not make their debut in Detroit. dark

The Rafters will head into week three of the 2022 AFL season looking to improve that horrific run differential and keep adding to the win column.

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