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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 is the Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and George the Card Kid. You can also reach him at

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