Jake Thompson entered the season as #6 on the TigsTown Top 50, and has done nothing to hurt his stock, having arguably the strongest first half of any pitching prospect in the organization. As such, he has remained a fixture in the top spot in the weekly TigsTown Power Rankings.
Thompson, who is pitching for High-A Lakeland this year, is 6-3 with a 2.75 ERA over 14 starts this season. He's striking out nearly a batter per inning (68 K's in 72 innings pitched), limiting his walks with just 24 and allowing the opposition to hit just .237 against him.
Thompson relies heavily on his sinker/slider combination, both of which are already above average pitches. His two seam fastball, sits in the low-90's and generates plenty of weak ground balls while also limiting hard contact – he's allowed just one home run for the season. The slider meanwhile acts as his swing-and-miss pitch, which he's been using to his advantage and over-matching Florida State League hitters.
Steven Moya meanwhile started the year at 3rd in the organization by TigsTown, shooting up the charts thanks to his mammoth power potential and signs of translating that into on-field production. He showed glimpses this spring in his big league camp cameo, driving the ball over the field.
Moya has followed through on that promise as one of the best power hitters in the Eastern League for the Double-A Erie Seawolves. Moya is tops in the league with 38 extra-base hits, including 16 home runs (good for third in the league).
The big outfielder still has plenty of work to do on his approach and discipline at the plate (.264 average, 8 walks, 83 strikeouts), but the strides he's made this year are indicative of why the Tigers have been so enamored with the 6-6, 230-pound monster.
The Futures Game features a World vs. United States set of top prospects across all 30 teams, and is the Sunday of All-Star game weekend, July 13, at 5PM ET.