Stock Up, Down For Detroit Tigers’ Top 5 Prospects

Stock Up, Down For Detroit Tigers' Top 5 Prospects

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The Detroit Tigers' farm system is very weak due to a number of trades over the past few seasons. The Tigers made some strides to rebuild the system with a strong 2013 draft and offseason trades, but there is some more work to do. The system might not be deep, but there are some very talented players at the top. Here's a look at the stocks for the Tigers' top five prospects this season.

5. SP Jonathan Crawford - Stock Up

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5. SP Jonathan Crawford - Stock Up

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Aside from a poor first start, Jonathon Crawford has been great this season. The 2013 first round draft pick is 0-1 with a 5.38 ERA in three starts this season, but those numbers aren't a good indication of how he has pitched. Crawford has allowed just one earned run in 10.1 innings over his last two starts after giving up seven in 2.1 innings in his first start of the season.

4. SP Jake Thompson - Stock Up

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4. SP Jake Thompson - Stock Up

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Jake Thompson has gotten off to a great start to 2014. In four starts, Thompson is 2-1 with a 1.05 ERA. Thompson gave up just one run over seven innings in his lone loss, and is holding batters to a .186 batting average. Those numbers show some improvement over his stats with West Michigan last year, where he went 3-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 16 starts and they have helped improve his stock.

3. 2B Devon Travis - Stock Down

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3. 2B Devon Travis - Stock Down

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Devon Travis was voted Minor League Offensive Player of the Year last season after hitting .351 with 16 home runs, 28 doubles, 76 RBI's and 22 stolen bases in 132 games between West Michigan and Lakeland, but he has struggled this season. Travis is hitting just .143 in 14 at bats at Double A Lake Erie. Travis saw his stock rise due to the big season and the poor start hurts that high stock.

2. SP Robbie Ray - Stock Up

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2. SP Robbie Ray - Stock Up

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Robbie Ray was a big piece acquired in the Doug Fister trade, and he has not disappointed so far. Ray is 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts at Triple A this season. Ray has struck out 16 batters while walking just five and had his best start in his latest appearance, throwing 8.1 shutout innings, striking out seven hits while allowing just four hits and one walk. Ray looks like he could be a key piece of future rotations.

1. 3B Nick Castellanos - Stock Up

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1. 3B Nick Castellanos - Stock Up

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A big Spring Training and a strong start to the regular season has helped the Tigers' new third baseman raise his stock. Nick Castellanos is hitting .245 with two home runs, nine RBI's and a .305 on base percentage in 15 games this season, and looks to be a star in the making for the Tigers.

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