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LOD’s 2019 Offseason Top Prospects: Detroit Tigers #10-#6

Here at Legends on Deck our passion is prospects and the offseason presents an outstanding opportunity for us to showcase some of baseball’s top up and comers. Throughout the offseason, we will be bringing you the top ten prospects from all 30 organizations. We will start with the Arizona Diamondbacks and work our way alphabetically all the way through the Washington Nationals. This series is the opinion of Jake Berry, Senior Editor at Legends on Deck and does not reflect any official MLB rankings. 


#10 – SS Willi Castro

2019 Opening Day Age: 21           ETA: 2019         Top Future Tool: Hit

2018 Stats (Double-A/Triple-A): .264/.315/.392, 9 HR, 54 RBI, 18 SB

A great defensive shortstop, Castro is finally coming around with the bat. The switch hitter has always been young for his level, but is knocking on the door of the majors mainly thanks to the glove. If the contact tool can continue to develop, he may make his mark offensively as a threat on the base paths.


#9 – C Jake Rogers

2019 Opening Day Age: 23             ETA: 2019         Top Future Tool: Field

2018 Stats (Double-A): .219/.305/.412, 17 HR, 56 RBI, 7 SB

Another defense first player, Rogers is a promising catching prospect. He will grade out above average with virtually every defensive skill, but below average with the hit tool and speed. While there is some swing and miss, the former Astros draft pick has shown flashes of a good power stroke. An outstanding defensive catcher with atleast one above average offensive tool has major MLB potential, Rogers fits that mold.


#8 – RHP Kyle Funkhouser

2019 Opening Day Age: 25              ETA: 2019          Top Future Pitch: FB

2018 Stats (Double-A/Triple-A): 4-7, 3.96 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 96 SO, 49 BB

No doubt I am the high man on Funkhouser, maybe it’s the 80 grade name, but it’s probably the advanced repertoire. It is fair to say that there is some risk with this ranking. Once a highly touted prospect, the 6’2 right hander has battled injury over his career. He has a nice three pitch mix that he sequences well and I like him to be a solid middle of the rotation contributor.


#7 – OF Parker Meadows

2019 Opening Day Age: 19               ETA: 2022           Top Future Tool: Power

2018 Stats (Rookie): 74 AB, .284/.376/.500, 4 HR, 3 SB

Claiming Meadows’ top future tool to be Power is slightly risky. The Georgia prep outfielder is a great athlete that already possesses a plus run tool. The thing that I love about him though is the 6’5 frame and the power projectability. If the hit tool develops and he grows into the power I expect him to, this could be a dangerous stolen base/homer threat.


#6 – OF Daz Cameron

2019 Opening Day Age: 22                  ETA: 2019             Top Future Tool: Glove

2018 Stats (Double-A/Triple-A): .264/.343/.406, 8 HR, 61 RBI, 24 SB

Cameron only slightly edges out Meadows on this list for me because the hit tool is a little more developed and he is much closer to the majors. Defensively, they posses a lot of the same skill set with above average arms and solid range in the outfield, but while Meadows still has some projection in his game, Cameron has more or less proven what he will be at the highest level. The ceiling isn’t nearly as high, but Cameron has a safe floor as a 15/15 guy with above average defense.

Featured Image: Kyle Funkhouser (Courtesy of Mathew Carper/Legends On Deck)

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Jake Berry

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
Jake resides in Carrollton, GA and loves everything baseball. He is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling to watch their Minor League teams. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Jake is also a certified personal trainer and has a passion for fitness and weight lifting. You can find his personal site at berrysbaseball.com

You can also reach out to Jake at jberry@legendsondeck.com
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