Detroit Tigers: 3 prospects, 2 minor league veterans that will contribute in the first half
INF Andre Lipcius
Lipcius also had a great spring, but was demoted the same day as Meadows. He has hitting for a surprising amount of power, which was very promising. He seems to be just an injury away from a call-up.
The thing that makes Lipcius so interesting as a prospect is his plate discipline. He walked more than he struck out in the minors last year. He also started hitting for more gap-to-gap power.
The one real question mark lies with his defense. He struggled a bit in spring training, particulary at first base. We all know the Detroit Tigers want versatility, and he plays second and third adequately. That could be the main reason he was sent down.
If there's an injury or underperformance in the infield, Lipcius still figures to be at least one of the first to be called up, if not the very first. Zack Short is likely his only real competition, though it sounds like Tyler Nevin will replace Zach McKinstry whenever he's comes off the IL. But let's say they DFA Schoop. Lipcius would probably be the best option, provided that he's performing well in Toledo.