Today, Baseball of America released their farm system rankings for the 2018 season. For the past decade, the Detroit Tigers have sacrificed their farm system to acquire already developed big league talent. However, this year is the first year in a while where the Tigers are in a rebuild. Which could also explain why the Tigers farm system comes in at number 21.
Though it seems discouraging, the Tigers have improved their farm system rankings in each of the past few seasons. After being ranked 30th in 2015, the Tigers have ranked 26th in 2016, and 25th in 2017.
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Baseball of America has not released their individual prospect rankings just yet, though they have released their Top-100. However, MLB Pipeline released their top 100 prospects list on Saturday. Also releasing their team prospect list.
The top five prospects according to that list are Franklin Perez, Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, Beau Burrows, and Dez Cameron. Perez and Cameron came over from Houston in the trade that sent longtime Tigers ace Justin Verlander to the Astros. As for the other three. Manning was a first round pick (9) out of high school in 2016, Faedo was a first round pick in 2017 (18), and Beau Burrows was a first round pick in 2015 (22).
It is also worth mentioning that the Tigers do have the number one overall pick in this year’s amateur draft. Meaning more than likely by seasons end the Tigers farm system will only keep going up.
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The rebuild is underway in Detroit.
For Tigers fans, that means the 2018 Opening Day roster will look much different than it did in 2017 and that making the MLB Playoffs, though possible, seems more like a pipe dream at this point.
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