The Tigers have added five minor league players to their 40-Man roster in order to protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft: starting pitcher Casey Crosby, relievers Matt Hoffman and Tyler Stohr, outfielder Avisail Garcia and infielder Hernan Perez. They also dropped once highly touted infielder Cale Iorg from the roster. The roster is now at 39 players. Since the Tigers will almost surely add more than one player from outside the organization this off-season, you can be sure that there are more subtractions to come.
The most highly regarded player among today's additions is Crosby, one of the Tigers top five prospects. The 23 year-old left-hander pitched at Double-A Erie last year, but still needs to work more on his control. Hoffman, a southpaw who pitched for Toledo has the best chance of making a contribution to the Tigers next year. The right handed Stohr also may not be far away. Garcia and Perez are young raw prospects, who are still years away from Detroit.