Detroit Tigers: 5 prospects to watch during spring training

Jun 28, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Toledo Mud Hens second baseman Colt Keith (39) warms up prior to
Jun 28, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Toledo Mud Hens second baseman Colt Keith (39) warms up prior to / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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Jace Jung

Jung is the first prospect not on the 40-man roster that we're covering on this list, but it sure sounds like he won't be left off the roster very long. A.J. Hinch mentioned him by name as someone who could get some time at third base this season during his interview with Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post. It likely won't happen early this season, but there's a good chance he debuts in 2024.

He'll likely get a lot of at-bats early on in the spring, like Parker Meadows and Andre Lipcius did last year. We could easily see fans clamor for him to make the roster like they did with those two a year ago.

Jung answered nearly every major question about his bat in the minors last season. The power really came on with 28 homers, and he was able to keep the plate discipline while being more aggressive. There's still come concerns about his overall contact ability, but the power has clearly clicked.

Defensively, his ability to play third is still a major question mark, especially considering he played second base exclusively up until the Arizona Fall League last year. Reports out of the AFL were mixed. He'll need some more reps over there for sure, and spring training is the perfect place for that to happen.