Detroit Tigers: 3 prospects due for a promotion

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These three Detroit Tigers prospects need to be promoted

The Detroit Tigers have had an underwhelming year down on the farm so far. Many of the prospects that took leaps forward last year have regressed to the mean. Parker Meadows, Andre Lipcius, and Wenceel Perez would fall into that category. However, some prospects have leaped even further this season.

These three young players give Tigers fans some hope for the future. Considering the current state of the team, that's really all we can hope for.

Here are three Tigers prospects that are due for a promotion.

INF Colt Keith

The most obvious choice, Keith has been a tear in Double-A Erie pretty much all year long. He's currently slashing .335/.406/.609 with 13 home runs and a 169 wRC+. Those are insane numbers. It's frankly a wonder he's still in Erie.

There are couple potential reasons for that. One, is that the Tigers still want him to work on his defense. He isn't fantastic at third base. They have recently started trying him out at second base.

The other reason is for postseason implications for Erie. They want to keep him down there so Erie can clinch a playoff spot. The way Double-A playoffs work is they play two half-seasons, and whoever finishes in first place in their division in either half makes the playoffs. As of this writing, the SeaWolves currently hold a one-game lead in the Eastern League Southwest division over Altoona, which is the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Keith is the best player in the entire system for the Detroit Tigers. He was our No. 1 prospect before the season for a reason, and he's backed that up. I think we may see a promotion here soon, once the first half of the Double-A season ends.

Where he goes is the next interesting part. Will he simply go to Triple-A? Or will the TIgers follow the recent trend of having prospects skip Triple-A altogether and come straight to the big leagues?

I really don't see the Tigers calling him up from Double-A. It's just not part of their MO. If/when Colt Keith gets promoted, I think he'll just go to Toledo. However, if he keeps up his torrid pace there, we could see him in Detroit before the season is out.