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5 Detroit Tigers Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training

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5 Detroit Tigers Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training

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The Detroit Tigers have had some top prospects come through their organization over the past few years, but they have often traded them away to acquire older, more experienced players. Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, Jacob Turner and Avisail Garcia were on the brink of breaking through for the Tigers, but all were traded to improve the team at that moment.

Those trades made the Tigers better at the time they happened, but they also decimated the team's organizational depth. The Tigers are in transition mode with a new manager, and a lot of players of last season's team are gone. They could use some prospects who can to step up and fill some holes, but not many are ready for the big stage. Detroit focused on drafting college players in last June's draft in an effort to quickly rebuild the organizational depth, but there is still about a year gap between the couple of players ready for the majors and the other prospects.

With that being said, there are some players who have a chance to make the Tigers roster out of Spring Training. Some of those players have a lot better chances than others, but they will all have their chances to impress.

Here's a look at five of those prospects to watch during Spring Training.

Spencer Impellizzeri is a MLB and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Spence_I

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5. James McCann

James McCann
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James McCann is a catcher in the Detroit Tigers organization who is attending Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. McCann hit .277 with eight home runs and 54 RBIs at the double-A level last season. He is also talented defensively and has been recognized for it. Baseball America named him the best defensive catcher in the Tigers organization. With backup catcher Brayan Pena gone, there is a chance McCann makes the team out of Spring Training.

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4. Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray
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Robbie Ray came over to the Detroit Tigers in the Doug Fister trade and will be attending Spring Training. Ray provides the Tigers with a young arm who projects to be a starter down the road. He went 11-5 with a 3.36 ERA in the minors last season and is now one of the Tigers' top pitching prospects. His performance will give an indication as to how long it will be before he is ready to join the big league club.

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3. Daniel Fields

Daniel Fields
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Daniel Fields continues to move up the ranks in the Detroit Tigers organization. He posted his best season as a pro last year in double-A, hitting .284 with 10 home runs and 58 RBIs. He also showed his speed on the basepaths, stealing 24 bags. With an invitation to Spring Training, Fields will look to improve on his great season last year. Fields seems destined to start the year at triple-A, but a big Spring Training could change that.

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2. Casey Crosby

Casey Crosby
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Casey Crosby burst onto the scene as a top prospect in his first full season as a pro, going 10-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 24 starts. Baseball America had Crosby as the 47th-best prospect in baseball after that 2009 season. Since then, elbow injuries have derailed his career. The Detroit Tigers have given up on Crosby as a starter, but he has been switched to the bullpen where he could make the team this season.

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1. Nick Castellanos

Nick Castellanos
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Nick Castellanos is the Detroit Tigers' top prospect, and the only one who has a guaranteed position on the team. He will take his natural position at third base position after spending the last two seasons playing in the outfield. With the Tigers expecting big things out of Castellanos at the plate, his Spring Training numbers should be something to watch.