2004 Organizational Prospects of the Year

The Tigers had a number of prospects step up over the course of the 2004 season, but in the end, only two could receive the coveted title of TigsTown.com Prospect of the Year for the entire organization. Who emerged to receive the title? Find out inside!

CF Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson came into the season as one of the better prospects in the organization – but one thing that had yet to appear was a solid power swing from the Centerfielder, who otherwise was considered very solid all around. Granderson continued that pattern for most of the first half of the season, but shortly after the All Star break, a switch was flipped, and Granderson started driving the ball. On top of his solid defense and excellent patience at the plate, Granderson finally developed the power stroke many hoped he would. After an excellent completion to his season with the SeaWolves, Granderson was rewarded with a big league call-up in September to the Tigers. Granderson will probably return to the minors to start 2005, but don't expect him to stay down there for too long.

AVG: .303
HR: 21
RBI: 93
SB: 14
OPS: .922

SP Virgil Vasquez

The West Michigan Whitecaps had many unknown coming into the year, especially concerning how the rotation would come together. Little did they know that they'd find their ace in one of the last places they'd expect. After a mediocre 2003 showing with Oneonta, Virgil Vasquez returned determined to improve upon his first season of professional baseball after a successful career at UC-Santa Barbara, and did just that. The 22-year old emerged as the team's top starter, helping lead the club to the 2nd half division crown, and eventually to the Midwest League championship. Vasquez led the organization in wins with 14, while sporting excellent control, as well as being a workhorse for the club. Vasquez will likely move up to high-A Lakeland next season, where he'll be relied upon to do much of the same for the L-Tigers in 2005 that he did for the ‘Caps in '04.

RECORD: 14-6
ERA: 3.64
IP: 168.1
K/BB: 120:34

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