The Detroit Tigers have a lot of young players that are expected to contribute this year
The Detroit Tigers are planning on giving a lot of at-bats to young players this season. This will obviously include a few prospects. A few made a splash in spring training, but the Tigers chose not to carry any.
That doesn't mean we won't see any of those prospects this season—not by a long shot. In fact, we'll likely see a few sooner rather than later. The Tigers have veterans like Jonathan Schoop that are on short leashes. This regime probably won't wait around to see if they'll hit.
Here are three prospects and two minor league veterans that are likely to make an impact in the first half of the season for the Detroit Tigers
3 prospects that will contribute: OF Parker Meadows
Everybody wanted see Meadows make the Opening Day roster after the spring he had. He tied with Nick Maton for the team lead in homers with five. It seemed like he hit the ball hard every time he came up to bat.
However, he also led the team in strikeouts this spring, which is likely what led the team to send him down to Triple-A to start the season. But his talent is undeniable.
It's crazy to think that this time last year, most people had written Meadows off. It had been four years since he was drafted and he looked like a bust. Now, he's knocking on the door of the majors.
I don't think it'll be too long for him at this point. If he hits like he was in spring training, I think we'll see him sometime in May. The Tigers will live with the strikeouts if he's going to crush baseballs and play great defense in the outfield.