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Ranking The Detroit Tigers’ Top 5 Prospects Of Spring Training

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Ranking the Detroit Tigers' Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

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The Detroit Tigers' lack of depth is being exposed due to a few key injuries, and some of these top prospects are likely to find themselves in a major league uniform sooner rather than later because of it.

5. Steven Moya

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5. Steven Moya

Steven Moya Detroit Tigers
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Steven Moya is hard to miss. The 6-foot-6 lefty has the potential to be a solid power hitter, but still needs to fine tune his game. He has already been optioned to the double-A Erie Seawolves to start 2014, but that could change if he continues to progress early in the season. Moya likely won't make it to the MLB level at any point this season, but he could be trade bait for a team looking for an young power hitter.

4. Blaine Hardy

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4. Blaine Hardy

Blaine Hardy Detroit Tigers
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Blaine Hardy probably wasn't in the Tigers' plans for 2014 when the season started, but the southpaw hasn't allowed a run this spring and might be able to fill the vacancy left by Drew Smyly.

3. Tyler Collins

Tyler Collins Detroit Tigers
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3. Tyler Collins

Tyler Collins Detroit Tigers
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Tyler Collins may see playing time this season due to his torrid spring pace and the injury to Andy Dirks. He has three home runs and a 1.153 OPS in 32 at-bats this spring, and has shown the ability to hit the ball to all parts of the field.

2. Evan Reed

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2. Evan Reed

Evan Reed Detroit Tigers
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Evan Reed has already spent time with the Tigers in 2013, but he's building a strong case to be an everyday piece in their bullpen this season. Reed has 11 strikeouts compared to one walk in 10 innings pitched this spring. He has had more life on his fastball and appears to be figuring out how to utilize his arsenal more effectively.

1. Nick Castellanos

Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers
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1. Nick Castellanos

Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers
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It's getting to the point where you can't call Nick Castellanos a prospect anymore. He has already earned the third base job in 2014. He leads the Tigers in hits and RBI this spring, not to mention he has experienced a seamless transition back to his natural defensive position. There will still be a few growing pains for him, but Castellanos has shown the Tigers he's ready for the daily grind of the MLB season.