The Detroit Tigers are well on their way to yet another losing season. The big league team is subpar once again. However, while the farm system is top-heavy at best, there have been a few pleasant surprises this season.
There is more than meets the eye in this farm system, and that has only gotten more true under VP of player development Ryan Garko. More and more guys are coming out of nowhere and making a name for themselves. It's a really promising sign.
Here are three prospects that Tigers fans should be paying attention to
OF Justice Bigbie
Bigbie has been by far the system's biggest surprise this season. He's come out of nowhere and just raked.
A 19th-round pick in 2021, Bigbie had was pretty pedestrian last season, putting up a 103 wRC+ in 372 plate appearances in Low-A Lakeland. He started this season in High-A, and just took off. He hit .333 with a 163 wRC+ before being promoted to Double-A, where he's been even better, hitting .361 with eight home runs and a 178 wRC+. He's just been tattooing the baseball.
He has roughly a 15% strikeout rate on the year. He doesn't walk a ton, but when you have a .243 ISO and a .604 slugging percentage, you can tolerate the lack of walks. He showed a ton of power to the opposite field. If he unlocks the pull-side power, look out. He may be legit.
Bigbie has essentially become this year's Kerry Carpenter — a late-round pick that has come out of nowhere and just started mashing. Don't be surprised if he ends up in Toledo before the year is out.