The Detroit Tigers' most coveted prospects in trade

Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe throws live batting practice during spring training
Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe throws live batting practice during spring training / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK
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4. Cristian Santana

A versatile infielder that shows the ability to take walks and hit for power sounds like a nice player nice, doesn't it? That's a lot of what infielder Cristian Santana showed for the Lakeland Flying Tigers as an 18-year-old and his first full year stateside.

Santana was one of the few high-end international investments the Detroit Tigers have made over the years and while still fairly raw, has shown reason as to why he was so highly coveted out of the Dominican Republic.

Santana's batting average wasn't anything to get too excited over (.215), but his OBP (.379) signifies his strong on-base ability; a skill that has lacked on the Tigers' MLB club and throughout the system in recent years.

To other organizations, Santana would be a fine lottery ticket play in a trade--especially for clubs that are in the midst of a long-term rebuild--but being the Tigers have already spent significantly for him, it is unclear if Detroit would be satisfied with the type of return he might yield in trade.

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