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5 Detroit Tigers Prospects Who Could Be Called Up By August

Detroit Tigers: 5 Prospects Who Could See Time By August

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There has been a certain amount of talk about how the Detroit Tigers' farm system is in less-than-stellar shape, but the organization still has more than a few noteworthy prospects nevertheless. There are several very good arms down in class-A that probably represent the cream of the crop, but they are a little raw for the big leagues. With that being said, here are five Tigers prospects who could find themselves playing in Motown by August.

5. Steven Moya

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5. Steven Moya

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22-year-old Steven Moya is in the midst of his finest season to date, posting a line of .263/.289/.543 with 22 home runs and 70 RBIs in double-A Erie. His low OBP does raise concern, but the power has been very impressive this year. Furthermore, he is a left-handed hitter. With Victor Martinez currently out of the Tigers' lineup, the Tigers may need to start looking for another source of left-handed punch, which could be Moya.

4. Tyler Collins

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4. Tyler Collins

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Like Moya, Tyler Collins is a left-handed hitter, but he has the added advantage of having already played with the big club. He made the Tigers' 25-man roster out of Spring Training this season, but was quickly sent back down. He has been having a decent season in triple-A, posting a line of .255/.332/.423 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. He could give the Tigers another option if Andy Dirks encounters a setback or struggles upon his return.

3. Ezequiel Carrera

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3. Ezequiel Carrera

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Some might argue over whether Ezequiel Carrera can still be labeled a prospect due to the fact that he is now 27 and has bounced around the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies. However, one would be hard-pressed to find a Tigers farmhand who is more worthy of a big league call-up. He is currently slashing .317/.408/.437 with 36 stolen bases, and would probably be a better option in center field than Austin Jackson.

2. Corey Knebel

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2. Corey Knebel

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Corey Knebel struggled during his stint with the Tigers earlier this season, posting an ERA of 6.75 in six games. However, he continues to throw the ball rather well in triple-A, pitching to the tune of a 2.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched. He has the potential to be a solid, durable reliever. Don't be surprised if Knebel gets another opportunity before too long and pitches the way he is capable of.

1. Robbie Ray

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1. Robbie Ray

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Robbie Ray showed promise filling in for Anibal Sanchez earlier this season, and has continued to pitch rather well in triple-A -- for the most part. One option the Tigers could consider is to call Ray back up to be the fifth starter and move Drew Smyly back to the bullpen. Smyly will likely be pitching out of the bullpen during the playoffs, so it probably would not hurt to let him get reacclimated to that role beforehand. Don't rule it out.