2/16/13

MLB Dirt - 2013 Detroit Tigers Top 16 Prospects

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1Nick Castellanos (21-3B/OF)Castellanos has steadily climbed up prospect lists since he was drafted out of high school in 2010 and is today one of the best pure hitters in the minor leagues. He has a smooth right-handed swing with an advanced approach at the plate. There is power potential in his bat and he should hit for 20-25 homeruns at the next level. He drives the ball well to all parts of the field and he has the tools to hit for a .300 average for many years to come. The jury is still out in regards to his defense and some think that he will eventually move from third to a corner outfield spot. In July the Tigers moved him to right field where he showed promise and the potential of being average defensively in right. Regardless of where Castellanos ends up, his ticket to the bigs his bat and he should be a force in the middle of the Tigers order with All-Star potential. -Michael Schwartze
2Austin Schotts (19-OF)Schotts has at least 70 speed with one scout telling me he has 80 speed and could line up against Mike Trout and Michael Bourn and potentially beat them in a foot race. He has a great approach at the plate, especially for a teenager. The scout likened him to Mike Trout with less power. High praise. Schotts will have no problem staying in center field with his plus-plus speed and the instincts of a player who has played the game for years. He plays the game the right way and goes all-out in everything he does including his extreme workouts. Combining what I saw, what the scout had to say, and Schotts’ incredible work ethic we could be talking about Schotts in a few years and wondering how he lasted until the third round of the 2012 draft. Austin Schotts Intrview. -Jonathan C. Mitchell
3Bruce Rondon (22-RHP)Rondon signed out of Venezuela in 2007 and he has posted impressive numbers in the minor leagues, finishing last year at AAA. Armed with a fastball capable of hitting triple digits, Rondon has a legit shot to be the closer in Detroit as a rookie. He compliments his fastball with solid secondary offerings that have made good strides over the years. His slider shows the potential of becoming an average offering as well as his high 80s change up. He has really improved his command over the years but there is still a lot of work to do and this will be one of his biggest issues. Rondon could break camp in the back of the Tigers bullpen and at some point this year be closing games for the Tigers. He has ace reliever potential and is the closer of the future in Detroit. -MS


for the rest of the list...  http://mlbdirt.com/2013/02/13/2013-detroit-tigers-top-16-prospects/ 

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