Friday, January 27, 2006

Baseball America Top 10 Tiger Prospects

Baseball America revealed its top ten Tigers prospect list yesterday and not surprisingly pitchers Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya top the list. I also expect to see those two near the top of the Top 100 prospects in baseball list coming out in a few more weeks. The complete list and the expected April destinations can be found in the table below.


As many of you know, the Baseball America List is based more on tools than performance. This is not a bad thing but it’s good to keep it in mind when comparing it to other lists that you’ll see. Since I’m not a scout, I like the Baseball America list because it gives me a different perspective than my own performance based thinking.



After filtering out all the hype, my impression is that the Tigers right now have the best collection of prospects they’ve had in at least 20 years. This is not saying a lot, as their player development system has been a disappointment for a long time but the organization definitely appears to be on the upswing.


Table: Baseball America Top Ten Tiger Prospects


Rank

Player

Pos.

Age (7/1/06)

Expected Opening Day Destination

1

Justin Verlander

SP

23

Tigers

2

Joel Zumaya

SP

21

Toledo

3

Cameron Maybin

OF

19

Western Michigan

4

Brent Clevlen

OF

22

Erie

5

Wilken Ramirez

3B

20

Lakeland

6

Humberto Sanchez

SP

23

Erie

7

Jordan Tata

SP

24

Erie

8

Tony Giarratano

SS

23

Erie

9

Jeff Larish

1B

23

Lakeland

10

Kevin Whelan

RP

22

Lakeland

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