2012 Detroit Tigers Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
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2012 Detroit Tigers Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Detroit Tigers Top Prospects. If you have any questions about my rankings, feel free to shoot me a message on twitter @Jaypers413

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Jacob Turner RHP
Born: 5/21/1991
Highest Level Reached: MLB Detroit Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 4-5, 3.44ERA, 131IP, 35BB, 110K, .238BAA
MAJORS: 0-1, 8.53ERA, 12.2IP, 4BB, 8K, .315BAA

#2 Nick Castellanos 3B
Born: 3/4/1992
Highest Level Reached: Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps
2011 Combined Stats: .312, 36(2B), 3(3B), 7HR, 76RBI

#3 Aaron Westlake 1B
Born: 12/27/1988
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Connecticut Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: .250, 5(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 19RBI

#4 Drew Smyly LHP
Born: 6/13/1989
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Erie Seawolves
2011 Combined Stats: 11-6, 2.07ERA, 126IP, 36BB, 130K, .227BAA

#5 Andy Oliver LHP
Born: 12/3/1987
Highest Level Reached: MLB Detroit Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: 8-12, 4.71ERA, 147IP, 80BB, 143K, .272BAA
MAJORS: 0-1, 6.52ERA, 9.2IP, 8BB, 5K, .289BAA

#6 James McCann C
Born: 6/13/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps
2011 Combined Stats: .146, 2(2B), 1HR, 7RBI (7 hits in 48 at-bats) (2nd Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#7 Casey Crosby LHP
Born: 9/17/1988
Highest Level Reached: Double-A Erie Seawolves
2011 Combined Stats: 9-7, 4.10ERA, 131.2IP, 77BB, 121K, .253BAA

#8 Brenny Paulino RHP
Born: 2/21/1993
Highest Level Reached: High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: 4-5, 4.41ERA, 51IP, 27BB, 52K, .222BAA

#9 Tyler Gibson OF
Born: 6/17/1993
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League GCL Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: .143 (2 hits in 14 at-bats) (15th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft)

#10 Brian Flynn LHP
Born: 4/19/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps
2011 Combined Stats: 7-2, 3.46ERA, 67.2IP, 23BB, 57K, .235BAA

#11 Brandon Loy SS
Born: 5/3/1990
Highest Level Reached: High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: .250, 2(2B), 5RBI (14 hits in 56 at-bats) (5th Round Pick 2011 Draft)

#12 Avisail Garcia OF
Born: 6/12/1991
Highest Level Reached: High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: .264, 16(2B), 6(3B), 11HR, 56RBI, 14SB

#13 Danry Vasquez OF
Born: 1/8/1994
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League GCL Tigers
2011 Combined Stats: .272, 8(2B), 1(3B), 2HR, 30RBI

#14 Jose Ortega RHP
Born: 10/12/1988
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Toledo Mudhens
2011 Combined Stats: 1-3, 6.30ERA, 50IP, 27BB, 44K, .310BAA

#15 Matt Hoffman LHP
Born: 11/18/1988
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Toledo Mudhens
2011 Combined Stats: 2-5, 3.45ERA, 62.2IP, 25BB, 46K, .252BAA

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

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