Tigers SRD- Prospects Of The Round Table

Mark Anderson, scout and staff writer for  ,  and Director of Scouting for  joins the guys for the entire show as the crew answers questions from Twitter, talk about Baseball America’s Top 10 Tigers prospects and the Tigstown.com top 10 prospects. The guys review the FA market and we also look at the Eric Hosmer’s contract offer.

CASTILLO: Tigers (Down on the) Farm Report

by Roger Castillo (@rogcast81)

Toledo Mud Hens:
The Mud Hens have won seven in a row heading into Tuesday’s game against Lehigh Valley. The offense has come alive lately with the help of the Tiger’s top prospect Nick Castellanos. In the past ten games, he is 13 for 40 (.325). Ben Guez, an outfielder drafted in 19th round of the 2008 draft, has been adding the extra base power with 4 HR’s and 15 RBI’s in the past ten games. Guez batted just .234 in the month of May and for June, he is batting .377. Catcher Bryan Holaday and outfielder Avisail Garcia were called up to the Tigers when Sanchez and Avila were placed on the DL. Pitching wise, Matt Hoffman is posting a ERA of 1.13 and batters are just hitting .212 against him.

Erie Seawolves:
Catcher James McCann continues to be one of the Tigers best prospects. He has hit .324 in the past ten games and has hit .348 with runners in scoring position. Left fielder Danny Fields continues to hit. One of top 10 Tiger prospects, he is hitting .280.

Lakeland Flying Tigers:
On June 15th, three Lakeland Flying Tigers were chosen for the Florida State League’s North Team as closer Melvin Mercedes, starter Kyle Ryan and outfielder Jeff McVaney representing the Flying Tigers. Mercedes leads all FSL relievers with the fewest baserunners per nine innings (7.99). He also is posting a 0.76 ERA and has just allowed two runs in 23 innings pitched. Kyle Ryan currently leads the Flying Tigers with wins (5), innings pitched (68.0) starts (11) and is second on the team with 39 strikeouts. McVaney leads the Flying Tigers in most offensive categories including hits (60), runs scored (27), doubles (13), triples (5) and home runs (5).

West Michigan Whitecaps:
First baseman Jeff Holm, second baseman Devon Travis and closer Jose Valdez represented the Whitecaps as members of the Eastern Division squad for the Midwest All Star game. Holm is the starting first baseman while Travis and Valdez will be reserves. Holm, a former Michigan State grad, is batting .300 with five home runs and 34 RBI’s. Travis, has posted the league’s longest hitting streak with 21 games. He is being considered for MVP in the Midwest League and leads the league in hits with 72. He won MVP in the All-Star game last night. Valdez is posting a 3.98 ERA and batters are just hitting .200 against him. He has 22 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.

CASTILLO: Tigers Restocking the Cupboards with Pitching

by Roger Castillo (@RogCast81)

The Tigers farm system, for the first time in quite a while, has some promising prospects. Hernan Perez and Dixon Machado at shortstop, Devon Travis at second base, Nick Castellanos, Danny Fields and Avasil Garcia in the outfield. Some are not household names yet, but what about starting pitching?

Think about it for second. What if one of the starting five goes down, what pitching prospects do do the Tigers have?

Toledo:

Casey Crosby. The left-hander is 2-5 with an ERA of 4.53 with a WHIP of 1.53. He does have 55 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched.

Erie:

Kyle Lobstein (who the Tigers acquired from the Mets) is another lefty who has done very well this season.5-3 with a ERA of 3.19 with a WHIP of 1.28. Australian Warwick Saupold is off to a good start sporting a 4-2 record with an ERA of 2.96 where batters are just hitting .228 against him.

Beyond that, in the single-A level, starting pitching has been missing. This year’s draft is addressing that need. When Baseball America says that Jonathon Crawford, the Tigers 2013 First Round pick, is your second best prospect behind Nick Castellanos that is saying a lot. The Tigers went with six straight college pitchers in the first two days of the draft.

  • Jonathan Crawford, (20th overall), Florida
  • Corey Knebel, (39th overall), Texas
  • Kevin Ziomek, 2nd round (58th overall), Vanderbilt
  • Jeff Thompson, 4th round, (94th overall), Louisville
  • Austin Kubitza, 4th round, Rice
  • Buck Farmer, 5th round, (156th overall), Georgia Tech

With former star pitching prospect Jacob Turner now in the Miami Marlins organization, the Tigers replenished some starter depth and have positioned themselves with some potential future trade bait. Pitching can come from any round and as the draft continues through the weekend, the Tigers will continue to add more depth.