Detroit Tigers drop in Baseball America’s talent rankings

The Detroit Tigers had steadily climbed the ladder when it came to Baseball America’s farm system rankings.

The Tigers ranked 30th as recently as 2015 and, thanks in part to poor seasons at the major league level producing high draft picks, reached No. 5 in 2021.

That ranking dropped significantly on Thursday.

Baseball America revealed his mid-season organizational rankingplacing the Tigers at No. 27, a drop of 21 spots from their No. 6 preseason ranking.

Two factors were at play there, namely Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson. Both were top five prospects entering the season, and both have since graduated to majors, losing their prospect eligibility. Torkelson since was returned to Triple-A Toledo after struggling in Detroit, while Greene briefly spent time as the game’s No. 1-ranked prospect while occupying center field for the Tigers.

“The Tigers saw Riley Greene live up to expectations in majors, while Spencer Torkelson struggled,” Baseball America writes. “The Tigers’ 2022 draft is promising, and players like Reese Olson, Garrett Hill and Kerry Carpenter have provided positives. But the system as a whole has always struggled to produce hitters who become MLB regulars. “

The Tigers have three prospects in Baseball America’s top 100, led by 2021 First-Round Pick (No. 3 overall) Jackson Jobe. Right-hander Wilmer Flores (90), and infielder and 2022 first-round pick Jace Jung (94) is also on the list.

On deck: angels

Seriess: Three games at Comerica Park, Detroit

First throw: Friday — 7:10 p.m.; Saturday — 1:10 p.m.; Sunday — 1:40 p.m.

TV/Radio: All games on Bally Sports Detroit/97.1 FM

Likely: Friday – LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-8, 3.42) vs. RHP Matt Manning (0-0, 3.24); Saturday – LHP Reid Detmers (4-3, 3.45) vs. LHP Tyler Alexander (2-7, 3.98); Sunday – RHP Shohei Ohtani (10-7, 2.69) against LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, provisional (1-3, 4.38).

Sandoval, Angels: He has made a living with his slider (0.210 opponent average, 33.7% scent) and change (0.221, 46% scent) this season, earning an overall chase rate of 30%. But if you can be patient, he will go with you (11% walking rate). He’s allowed four total runs spanning 16 innings in his last three starts, striking out 15 and walking 10.

Manning, Tigers: In his first two starts back from the IL, his secondary throws carried him through, despite a sub-octane heater. Wouldn’t you know, the heater was hitting 97 on his last start, but he couldn’t find his spin. This may be the start for the two to come together. He made his league debut on June 17 against the Angelsholding them to two runs in five innings.

Chris McCosky

Aubrey L. Morgan