October 7, 2019  By:  Mario Impemba

It has taken a while, but the Tigers minor league system is finally starting to show some signs of life.  Generally regarded as barren the last decade, the Tigers system is beginning to climb the ladder in terms of organizational rankings.  MLB Pipeline for instance has the Tigers ranked 6th in baseball in a recent list of organizational rankings.  Casey Mize, Matt Manning and Riley Greene lead the charge for the Tigers in the new rankings.

Here is the latest round-up in Tigers minor league news.

The Toledo Blade offers a recap on some of the Tigers top prospects including Mize, Franklin Perez and Isaac Paredes in this minor league report.  Perez, considered the top prize in the Justin Verlander deal with the Astros, has privately been a disappointment to coaches because of his inability to stay healthy.

MLB.com  has a report on the Tigers participants in the Arizona Fall League, including Parades, Derek Hill and Anthony Castro.  Hill was the Tigers first round pick in 2014 out of Elk Grove high school in California, but injuries have stunted his growth in the minors.  At the tender age of 20, Paredes hit .282 with 13 home runs at AA Erie.

Baseball America names its Top 20 prospects in the Florida State League, including Tarik Skubal who posted a 2.13 ERA in nine starts at AA Erie after his promotion from Lakeland.  Skubal was a ninth round pick of the Tigers in 2018.

David Laurila of Fan Graphs featured Greene  in a recent column.  Greene was the Tigers first round pick in the 2019 draft, and the 5th overall selection just completed his first year as a pro. Greene slashed .271/.347/.403 at three levels in the minors in 2019.

R. J. Anderson from CBS Sports offers up his top five Tigers prospects, plus updates on Wenceel Perez, Franklin Perez and Beau Burrows.  Mize is ranked as his top Tigers prospect, but has concerns about his history of injuries.  Anderson feels that Manning will join the Tigers staff at some point next year after a dominant year at AA Erie (11-5 2.56 24 starts.). Manning also posted a WHIP of 0.98.

MLB.com’s Jason Beck looks at 5 questions facing the Tigers in the offseason including whether or not Willie Castro earned the short stop position for next season.  Castro hit .230 in 30 games with the big club in 2019.

Tigers prospects Arizona Fall League stats through October 6, 2019


                                    Games       AVG     HR      RBI      OBP

Isaac Paredes:               7            .240      1          5        .375

Derek Hill:                       5           .300       1         2        .300

Jose Azocar                    4          .214        0         4.      .353