Baseball America released a new pre-season feature today - top prospects by position. It's only available to subscribers but I'll give you a brief summary. Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya were both among the top five right-handed starters and Cameron Maybin was among the top five center fielders. Tony Giarratano and Audi Ciriaco were not ranked but were mentioned as shortstops to consider. In all, 80 players were ranked at various positions and 60 others got mentions. I think these rankings tell us that Verlander, Zumaya and Maybin will all be ranked very high (all probably in the Top 50) on the famous Baseball America Top 100 to be released in a couple of weeks. I doubt any other Tigers will make that list.
The most obvious omission for the Tigers was Brent Clevlen. However, that was not a complete surprise because, although he had a very good year, he was repeating the Florida State League. His stock will rise markedly if he has a good year for AA Erie this year.