Detroit Tigers land 3 in MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospects list
The Detroit Tigers have three prospects receiving some recognition
There was a lot of commotion last week when Baseball America released its top 100 prospects list and the Detroit Tigers only had one prospect on the entire list—Jackson Jobe. Fans were worried about the state of the farm system because of it. Maybe this most recent list will quell some fears.
Last night, MLB Pipeline released its top 100 prospects list ahead of the 2023 season, and the Detroit Tigers have three prospects representing them. The full list can be viewed here.
The first is RHP Wilmer Flores, coming in at No. 95. It's nice to see him make the list and get some recognition. He's probably the second-best pitching prospect in the Tigers system right now behind Jobe.
Next was second baseman Jace Jung at No. 83. Jung, the 2022 first-rounder, has a big year ahead of him. Pipeline is still showing some faith in him because of the first-round status, but his pro debut was pretty pedestrian last year. He showed some very strong plate discipline, but the power was almost non-exsistent. He needs to show some improvement this season.
The last prospect on the list was the aforementioned Jackson Jobe at No. 63. Jobe was highly touted as the No. 3 overall pick in 2021, but went through some growing pains in his first season of pro ball. He started to look the part after a late-season promotion to High-A West Michigan, which was encouraging. He's got a pretty big year ahead of him as well.
As far as snubs go, the most disappointing name to not see on the list was easily 3B Colt Keith. It seems like he's done enough to show that he's a top 100 prospect, at least with the bat. He struggled defensively at third base in the Arizona Fall League, which is the only reason I can think of as to why he hasn't been on any top prospects lists.
Other than Keith, there really weren't any other snubs. It would have been nice to see new acquistion Justyn-Henry Malloy on the list, and he very well may end up on the list at some point this season. But it's also possible he gets called up before he gets the chance to be ranked. That's how fast he's developing.
Three top 100 prospects isn't bad, but what's important is what these prospects turn into. Flores has a pretty good shot at sticking as a starter, but he's got some reliever risk as well. Jobe is still very raw, and like I said earilier, Jung didn't impress in a short sample size in 2022. The Tigers' new player development staff will surely be put to the test.