#10 – Luke French – Starting Pitcher
French surprised a lot of people with last year's performance for West Michigan. With consistent innings in one location, French has put his All-American skills on display, and has many prospect gurus taking notice.
#9 – Eulogio de la Cruz – Pitcher
‘Frankie' has started turning the corner. Dialing back his fastball, adding some sink, and increased focus on the mound have led to some excellent results. He doesn't need to hit triple digits to be a good ML pitcher.
#8 – Brent Clevlen – Outfielder
Clevlen's struggles continue, and they aren't helped by a broken finger. He's always been raw, but he needs to start making strides quickly, or he'll be passed by a cadre of outfield prospects coming fast on his heels.
#7 – Mike Hollimon – Second Base
The Tigers wisely moved Hollimon to Erie to face competition more in line with his age, and he's making them look pretty smart as a result. The average isn't sparkling, but he's getting on base, driving the ball, and making a smooth transition to the keystone.
#6 – Dallas Trahern – Starting Pitcher
Trahern's k-rates be damned, the kid just keeps on getting outs at obscene rates. His sinker/slider combo has proved deadly even against advanced hitters, and he has to start garnering attention as a legit ML prospect.
#5 – Jeff Larish – First Base
Larish is the same player he was last year; he walks, he strikes out, he hits the ball hard, and he plays good defense at first. The only thing is, he's doing it at the AA level, cementing the idea that he's in the mix as the first baseman of the future in Detroit.
#4 – Gorkys Hernandez – Outfielder
The only player in the system with tools on par with Cameron Maybin, Gorkys burst on the scene last year, and picked up right where he left off this year. He has incredible speed, tremendous instincts, and burgeoning power potential; watch out folks!
#3 – Jair Jurrjens – Starting Pitcher
Jair hasn't been outstanding, but he's done nothing to hurt his case as the best right-handed pitching prospect in the system. He's got the stuff, the command, and the poise to be a very good big league pitcher; and that could happen as soon as 2008.
#2 – Andrew Miller – Starting Pitcher
Miller likely won't qualify for the off-season rankings, but his first extending minor league performance has anchored him as one of the top two or three left-handed pitching prospects in all of baseball. He will be a fixture in Detroit's rotation on Opening Day 2008.
#1 – Cameron Maybin – Outfielder
I see the same strikeout rates as everyone else, yet I also see a 20-year old outfielder raking in a tough offensive environment, on a less than stellar team. Maybin is one the game's elite prospects; truly one of the best in all of baseball, and he should continue to impress throughout the coming years.