Colt Keith has crushed Double-A pitching all year long. It was getting pretty comical. He clearly had nothing left to prove. Finally, the Detroit Tigers have rewarded him for his efforts.
The Detroit Tigers have promoted Colt Keith, the team's No. 1 prospect according to multiple outlets (including us, wink wink) to Triple-A Toledo. Fans have been clamoring for him to promoted, and it has finally happened.
Keith's numbers were pretty hilarious. He slashed .325/.391/.585 with 14 home runs and a 160 wRC+. His ISO was a whopping .260. The guy just crushes baseballs.
Keith is obviously a very exciting prospect for multiple reasons. He wasn't a first-round pick, so he doesn't necessrily have the prospect pedigree of someone like Riley Greene or Spencer Torkelson. He was taken in the fifth round in 2020 out of high school, which is something the Tigers don't usually do. They don't usually take high school bats, save for Greene.
He could also end up being the best hitting prospect the Tigers have had in recent years. Greene's defense beats out Keith's by a significant margin, so he's probably the better player overall, but one could argue that Keith's bat is right up there with Greene.
Many people were hoping he would skip Triple-A and go straight to Detroit, but that's never been the Tigers' MO. They just don't do that. However, there's still a chance we could see Keith in the big leagues later this year, likely as a September call-up.
If not, he'll almost certainly make the team out of spring training next season. Assuming his defense is up to snuff, Keith should be the Detroit Tigers' starting third baseman in 2024.
Colt Keith is one step closer to the big leagues. His first game will be later this week as minor league baseball has its All-Star break.