Four Tigers Minor Leaguers Named to Top 20 For Their League

Fulmer, Michael

Michael Fulmer as an Erie Sea Wolf

I’m not quite ready to talk big club yet, however as we wait for the top prospect lists to start hitting after the season, Baseball America has named their Top 20 Prospects from each Minor League this year.  With Detroit having one of the worst farm systems in the league, you can imagine there wasn’t much to sift through.  Here are the names though that were popping up…

  • Beau Burrows, #8 rated prospect in the Gulf Coast League (Rk)
    • Why You Should Know Burrows:  A right handed pitcher drafted by the Tigers in the first round (22nd pick) out of Weatherford HS in Texas, pitched just 28 innings and was impressive for an 18-year old.  Burrows started 9 of this 10 games pitched in, with a 1.61 ERA striking out 33 (!), good for a 10.6 K/9 and will need to work on control where he walked 11 batters (3.0 K/BB).  I would expect Burrows to move to low A in 2016 and may see just a taste of the MLB camp to start
  • Tyler Alexander, #12 ranked prospect in New York-Penn League (Connecticut-A-)
    • Why You Should Know Alexander: A left hander who was drafted by the Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft out of TCU and threw just 37 innings as a starter.  Alexander impressed with his 0.97 ERA and0.595 WHIP to go along with a strong 8.0 K/9 and showing amazing control with just five walks (6.60 SO/BB).  Expect Alexander to be tested further in A-Ball in 2016
  • Spencer Turnbull, #17 rated prospect in Midwest League (West Michigan-A)
    • Why You Should Know Turnbull: A righty drafted in the 2nd round by the Tigers in the 2014 draft out of Alabama and pitched at three levels in 2014 before throwing all year in West Michigan.  Turnbull was 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 22 starts where he struck out 106.  His  strike out ratio of 8.2 is solid, although his 2.04 K/BB is of concern.  In a tough to believe feat, Spencer did not give up a home run all season and has only given up four in 148 professional innings
  • Michael Fulmer, #7 ranked prospect in the Eastern League (Erie-AA)
    • Why You Should Know Fulmer: One of the key pieces in the Yoenis Cespedes trade with the New York Mets, Fulmer a right handed starter was kept in Double-Ah where he remained dominant where is posted a 10-3 record, 2.24 ERA and 125 strike outs in 124.2 innings with a 4.17 K/BB.  Fulmer will be on the outside of the rotation picture but at 23 next year could see some time in the bigs.  Fulmer was a supplemental first round pick by the Mets in 2011 and wouldn’t surprise me if he’s a Top 100 Prospect in 2016
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