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Where the Tigers Top Prospects will be on MiLB Opening Day

The Detroit Tigers have one of the most improved farm systems in baseball.  Trading players like Verlander, Kinsler, JD Martinez, Upton and others in 2017 yielded a decent return.  If the Tigers fail to excite fans this season, checking out their Minor League affiliates would be a good summer pastime for dedicated fans.  Many of these names may be on the Tigers roster within the next couple seasons.  

Here’s a look at where the Tigers top prospects will be on MiLB Opening Day:

Toledo Mud Hens (Triple A)

Christian Stewart, OF

Mike Gerber, OF

Dawel Lugo, INF

Grayson Long, RHP

Grayson Greiner, C

Jairo Labourt, LHP

Bryan Garcia, RHP  **DL

 

Erie Seawolves (Double A)

Franklin Perez, RHP  **DL

Beau Burrows, RHP  

Kyle Funkhouser, RHP

Sandy Baez, RHP

Sergio Alcantara, SS

Tyler Alexander, LHP

Matt Hall, LHP

Gerson Moreno, RHP  **DL

Troy Montgomery, OF

Jake Robson, OF

 

Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A – Advanced)

Alex Faedo, RHP 

Jake Rogers, C  

Isaac Paredes, SS

Gregory Soto, LHP

Daz Cameron, OF

Derek Hill, OF

Jason Foley, RHP  **DL

Jose Azocar, OF

 

West Michigan Whitecaps  (Class A)

Matt Manning, RHP  **DL

Joey Morgan, C

Reynaldo Rivera, OF

 

One of the most interesting parts of following the Tigers farm system this season will be the speed at which these prospects advance.  Looking back, someone like Justin Verlander was drafted in 2004 and found his way to his MLB later in the 2005 season (via Lakeland and Erie).  Will Alex Faedo, who is starting Opening Day for Lakeland, follow a similar path?  There’s many great questions like this headed into the 2018 MiLB season.

For the second week in a row, Happy Opening Day!

 

Opening Day Schedule

Thu 4-5  Tampa Tarpons at Lakeland Flying Tigers, 6:30 pm

Thu 4-5  South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 pm

Thu 4-5  Erie Seawolves at Reading Fightin Phils, 7:15 pm

Fri 4-6   Toledo Mud Hens at Louisville Bats, 7 pm

Brian Koss

Brian Koss

Brian has been a contributing writer to Legends on Deck since April 2017. He’s a diehard Detroit Tigers fan, who grew up playing and following baseball in the suburbs of Detroit. He covers the Tigers and their farm system for LOD and also likes writing about the general state of baseball. Brian and his family reside in the suburbs of Orlando, where he enjoys coaching Little League and passing on his love of the game to the next generation.
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