10. Harold Castro – Second Baseman
One of the purest hitters in the Tigers organization, Castro was slated for short-season Connecticut this year before an urgent need arose in High-A Lakeland where Castro held his own at the plate. Since moved down to Low-A, Castro still has the potential to hit for a very high average while contributing with a little bit of pop and some speed as well. His defense needs to be cleaned up but Castro has the potential to develop into a very good everyday second baseman.
9. Drew VerHagen – Right-Handed Pitcher
Yet another Vanderbilt product for the Tigers, VerHagen breezed through High-A in his first full season of pro ball and he has had little trouble adjusting to the improved competition at Double-A so far. He has a heavy power fastball that peaks at 96 mph when he needs it and his changeup can show as an above-average pitch. Without a true quality breaking ball, VerHagen looks like more of a number four starter but he could peak higher than that in his best seasons.
8. Steven Moya – Outfielder
Arguably the most prodigious power hitter in the Tigers minor league system, Moya's power earns vaunted 8s from scouts on the 2-8 scouting scale. His extra-large frame and long arms allow him to create exceptional leverage in his swing and drive the ball out of any part of the park. He is a quality athlete that holds his own in right field and his arm has come back full strength after Tommy John surgery. Moya is a physical beast with exceptional work habits and he just needs to continue refining his hit tool to reach his enormous potential.
7. Jake Thompson – Right-Handed Pitcher
The Tigers top pick in 2012, Thompson has the physical build and quality arsenal to profile as a mid-rotation innings eater. His fastball sits in the low-90s and can touch a little higher and his slider and changeup both show promise. Thompson still has to work on repeating his delivery and commanding the fastball, but as a teenager in full-season ball, he looks the part of a future rotation stalwart.
6. James McCann – Catcher
McCann is in the midst of his breakout campaign as a member of the Tigers. Defensively, McCann could play in the big leagues right now with tremendous hands and receiving ability, a strong arm and leadership skills that would be the envy of any young catcher. His handling of a pitching is truly a thing of beauty. Offensively, McCann's approach and contact ability have improved this season and he's even allowing more of his strength to show up at the plate with gap power. McCann has the ceiling of a solid everyday catcher.
5. Danry Vasquez – Outfielder
One of the rare seven-figure signings for the Tigers out of Latin America, Vasquez is a tremendous hitter. Blessed with exceptional hand-eye coordination, Vasquez can barrel anything and everything thrown at him and has no difficulty with spin or premium velocity. He has power projection but his skinny frame needs to fill out for him to reach his offensive ceiling. Defensively, Vasquez needs a lot of work though he does show a solid arm in left field.
4. Bruce Rondon – Right-Handed Pitcher
Tigers fans have become familiar with Rondon this season, watching him light up the Comerica Park radar gun while also missing the strike zone with regularity. The same problems that plagued Rondon entering the 2013 season still exist today, as he lacks consistency with control and his secondary pitches. Rondon has all the ingredients to be a top flight closer, but he will have to throw more strikes for his elite-level velocity to matter in high-leverage situations.
3. Jonathon Crawford – Right-Handed Pitcher
The Tigers first first-round pick in several years, Crawford is a strong, athletic kid with a power fastball that can get into the mid-90s with ease. He compliments his hard fastball with a very good slider and shows some feel for a changeup as well. Crawford is still raw on the mound and must develop the nuances of his game to reach his ceiling as a number three starter.
2. Avisail Garcia – Outfielder
A multi-tooled premium athlete, Garcia can contribute in every phase of the game. Defensively he is an outstanding defender on both outfield corners and can hold his own in center field at this time. He has a very strong arm that fits his overall right field profile. Garcia has an innate feel for contact but his aggressive approach will lead to far more weak knocks than had line drives. He has raw power thanks to his impressive physicality, but scouts do question how much his power will play in games. If it all comes together, Garcia could be a star-level player, but short of that he could still be a solid everyday contributor.
1. Nick Castellanos – Outfielder
One of the elite hitting prospects in all of baseball, Castellanos is a gifted natural hitter that can punish baseballs in all parts of the strike zone. His contact is routinely hard and thanks to a markedly improved offensive approach, Castellanos now frequently finds himself in counts where he can do serious damage. The raw power in his game has started to manifest on the field and he could be a classic three-hole masher at his peak. Defensively, Castellanos comes up well short of the mark as he lacks speed or instincts and his arm strength still doesn't play consistently from the outfield. That said, if his bat actualizes to the level scouts expect, his defense won't matter much and he will still be a perennial All-Star player.
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