2016 Detroit Tigers Top Prospects; Where They Landed & How They’re Doing

Fulmer, Michael Tigers uniformNow that we’ve gotten in to the Minor League season, let’s take a look where the Tigers Top 10 Prospects landed according to Baseball America and how their seasons are starting…

  1. Michael Fulmer, RHP – Fulmer (23), the key piece in the Yoenis Cespedes trade and former 1st round pick; started the season out at Triple-A Toledo. In 3 starts, Fulmer is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA, giving up 3 home runs, walking 5 and striking out 20 in 15.1 innings.  The K per 9 (11.7) is strong, the homers per game should come down and the walks are manageable.  The concern right now is contact with 9.4 hits per 9 which leads to a WHIP of 1.370.  Fulmer was the only Tiger to make the Sons Of ’84 Top 100 MLB Prospects for 2016 list
  1. Beau Burrows, RHP – The Tigers first rounder in 2015 (22nd) landed at West Michigan (A) in the Midwest League. Burrows (19), also has 3 starts under his belt with a 0-1 record, 3.29 ERA, with a very good 0.805 WHIP and nice 8.6 K per 9 to start
  1. Mike Gerber, OF – Gerber was a 15th round selection by the Tigers in 2014 where he played in Low-A, A, and the Arizona Fall League the last 2 seasons. In 2016, Gerber is starting out at High-A Lakeland, where he is off to a slow start, hitting .200 with 9 runs scored, has 4 doubles, 3 homers, and 7 RBI to go with 22 K’s in 78 plate appearances (PA), to go with a .668 OPS
  1. Christin Stewart, OF – The Tigers 1st round selection (34th) last year played at 3 different levels last year and like Gerber will start out at High-A Lakeland. The average isn’t there yet (.224), however Stewart does have 10 extra base hits (4 doubles, 6 homers!) in 77 plate appearances.  Christin with his XBH has knocked in 13, has a .877 OPS, and stolen a base to go with his 10 runs scored
  1. JaCoby Jones, SS/OF – Jones (23) was acquired in the Joakim Soria trade and suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 for drug violation (weed). Before the suspension, Jones played in High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona for Pittsburgh and then Erie (Double-A) for Detroit and made an appearance in the Arizona Fall League before the suspension.  In 133 games last season, Jones hit .257, with 16 bombs, 80 RBI, 25 steals, and a .737 OPS.  My guess is Jones goes back to Double-A after serving the 38 games he had left this season
  1. Kevin Ziomek, LHP – Ziomek (24), was taken in the 2nd round by the Tigers in 2013 and has advanced a level each season. Ziomek was assigned to Double-A Erie to start the season, but sitting on the 7-Day DL currently.  In 2015, Ziomek was 9-11, with a 3.43 ERA in 27 starts, a very solid 1.138 WHIP based good walk ratio of 2 per 9.   Kevin struck out 143 on the season and average 8.3 per 9.
  1. Joe Jimenez, RHP – Jimenez (21), was singed out of Puerto Rico at the age of 18 in 2013 and continues to move along nicely, as he will start this season at High-A Lakeland. Jimenez has been strictly used as a reliever over his professional career and has made 5 appearances so far in 2016.  In those appearances, Jimenez has not allowed an earned run in 6 innings, given up just a hit and 3 walks (0.865 WHIP), while striking out 10 (15 K per 9) and has collected 2 saves
  1. Dixon Machado, SS – Machado (24) is a familiar fan to some Tiger fans as he played in 24 games for the Tigers last year after Jose Iglesias went down for the season. Dixon was signed in 2008 as an amateur out of Venezuela as a 16-year old and was playing in the minors the following year at 17.  This year, Machado was sent to Triple-A to start the season and to get more at bats (vs. platooning in Detroit) and is currently hitting .217 with 4 XBH, 8 runs scored, and a .634 OPS
  1. Spencer Turnbull, RHP – Turnbull (23), was the Tigers 2nd round selection in 2014 and played in A-ball at West Michigan last season. Turnbull is back in West Michigan to start 2016 and like Ziomek, is on the 7-Day DL.  In 2015, Spencer went 11-3 in 22 starts, with a 3.01 ERA, did not allow a home run(!), had a 1.354 WHIP and averaged 8.2 strike outs per 9
  1. Derek Hill, OF – Derek (20) was the Tigers 1st round pick (23rd) in 2014 out of Elk Grove HS, in California and rated as high as the Tigers 2nd best prospect but has fallen on lists as his offense has struggled prior to 2016. Hill played in West Michigan last season, where he hit .238 with a .619 OPS and just couldn’t do much at the plate (11 XBH/16 RBI) after battling a quad injury early in the season.  Hill has started 2016 back at West Michigan and had logged 14 games so far and is hitting .246 with 15 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 6 RBI, 5 SB, and a .646 OPS.  Derek does have good speed and possible elite defensive ability, so he will get plenty of opportunity to develop the bat

We’ll check back in later in the season to see how theses prospects are doing

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