Detroit Tigers: A Look Down on the Farm
After the Detroit Tigers sent Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly to the Miami Marlins for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, what does this leave in the Tigers’ farm system? Turner was touted as the highest rated prospect, and Brantly was considered to be in the top five of Tigers’ prospects.
So who is left down on the farm? Lets take a look at the five highest rated prospects in the Tigers’ farm system. (These are not ranked in any order.)
Nick Castellanos: Castellanos was drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. Now that Turner is gone Castellanos moves into the spot of being the top prospect of the Tigers. This big third basemen really made a name for himself this year, by tearing up the minors. In A ball, Castellanos hit over .400, forcing the Tigers to promote him. So far in 41 games played with AA ERIE, he is hitting .294 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. Castellanos also won MVP of the Future’s game. He should be MLB ready by late 2013.
Bruce Rondon: With a fastball that reaches triple digits with regularity, Rondon is starting to make a name for himself. Between A and AA Rondon has complied a 1-0 record, with a 1.16 ERA, to go along with 25 saves. Rondon is setting down batters at a remarkable pace this year; averaging 11.6 K/9. You would figure with his power stuff he would walk a lot of batters. In 38.2 innings pitched, Rondon has walked only 16 batters and has a WHIP of 0.931. The Tigers could be looking at their closer of the future.
Casey Crosby: Crosby made his major league debut on June 1 against the New York Yankees. Crosby was roughed up and only lasted 3.1 innings. Crosby is a hard throwing lefty, but does not possess the best command. In five years in the minors he has averaged 4.7 walks per-nine. Crosby is having a respectable season in AAA this year; 6-3 with a 3.75 ERA and is striking out nearly nine batters per-nine. If Crosby can ever harness his command, he could be a solid number four starter.
Andy Oliver: Oliver — much like Crosby — is a hard throwing lefty. He was drafted in the second round by the Tigers in 2009. Oliver has had two short stints in the MLB between 2011 and 2012. In seven starts in the big leagues Oliver is 0-4 with an ERA over seven. He has not fared much better in AAA. Putting up a 4-9 record with a 5.19 ERA, and is walking 6.8 batters per-nine.
Avisail Garcia: Garcia’s name is not a name a lot of people know. Garcia has really played well in 2012, hitting .281/.320/.442 between A and AA. He doesn’t have much power, but has good speed, and can play anywhere out in the outfield.
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