Saturday, June 16, 2007

Detroit Tigers Prospect Report - June 16, 2007

During the course of the year, I will be giving statistical updates and other information on the Tigers organization. I will cover all the consensus top prospects as well as other noteworthy perfomers. For daily recaps and other news on Tigers prospects, check out Matt Wallace's Take 75 North and Mike Cassidy's Tigers Minor League Blog.

In my last report, I updated the progress of players in the consensus Top 20. This week, I will look at 10 prospects who were not in the consensus Top 20 at the beginning of the season but have boosted their stock with solid seasons this year. The prospects below are listed in no particular order

Ryan Raburn is an old prospect at 26 but is having a big year at Toledo batting .295/.401/.564 with 15 homers and a 41/53 BB/K ratio. He has always been a solid hitter but has struggled to find a position. After years of struggling defensively as an infielder, he is now an outfielder. The right-handed batter is hitting well enough this year where he might get a shot just because of his offense. He also impressed Jim Leyland in spring training.

Lucas French is a 21 year old left-hander who is pitching for Lakeland this year. He has a 3.80 ERA and 51/16 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings pitched. He has an average fastball and a good curve and change-up.

Burke Badenhop is a 24 year old right-hander who has a 3.09 ERA and 44/20 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings for Lakeland this year. He is not overpowering but has good control and gets a lot of ground balls (1.57 ground out/air out ratio).

Michael Hernandez is a 23 year old outfielder who is batting .291/.350/.530 with 11 homers for Lakeland this year. He probably needs to be more consistent because he has been streaky in his two years as a professional. He does have some good potential offensively though. He needs to improve his defense and if he does, he'll be an interesting prospect.

Angel Castro pitched in the Dominican Summer League last year and is making his debut in the United States at the age of 24. He throws in the low 90s and is a fairly polished pitcher who also gets a lot of ground balls He has a 2.97 ERA with a 42/22 K/BB ratio and 1.67 GO/AO ratio in 72 2/3 innings for West Michigan. He is old for his league so hopefully he'll get moved to a higher level during the summer.

Duane Below is a 21 year old soft tossing lefty pitching for West Michigan this year. He makes this list because of his age, handedness and high strikeout rate. He has a 3.64 ERA and 68/28 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings this year.

Deik Scram not only has a great name but is also a raw athletic prospect having a strong year offensively for West Michigan. The 23 year old left-handed batter is batting .344/.423/.474 with a 26/36 BB/K ratio. He is very fast and has 12 steals in 15 at bats. His outfield defense reportedly needs some work.

Chris Cody is a 23 year old lefty having an outstanding year for West Michigan. He has a 1.77 ERA and an amazing 92/15 K/BB ratio in 91 1/3 innings. He is definitely a soft tosser but has excellent control.

James Skelton has an interesting profile for a catcher as he bats left-handed and has better than average speed. The 21 year old is a good defender and is having a good year with the bat at West Michigan. He is batting .333/.394/.463 in 165 at bats.

Ryan Strieby is a 6-6 220 pound 21 year first baseman with good power potential. His batting .294/.371/.446 with a 30/36 BB/K ratio for West Michigan this year.

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