This feels... low."ions Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsMLB prospects & minor leaguesDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookESPN’s Keith Law ranks the Tigers farm system 18th in MLBNew Austin Meadows Jersey ,119commentsThis feels... low.ESTShareTweetShareShareESPN’s Keith Law ranks the Tigers farm system 18th in MLBMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Tigers have significantly improved their farm system since general manager Al Avila took over in 2015. Though that has largely come at the expense of the Tigers’ active roster, they have gone from dead last in baseball to a system capable of producing viable MLB talent.How much they have improved is up for debate, though. ESPN’s Keith Law is on the lower end of the spectrum, as he ranked the Tigers farm system 18th among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams. The Tigers are “getting better but not there yet,” as Law put it, a summary that most fans would agree with. The Tigers landed three prospects on Law’s recently released top 100 list, headlined by righthander Casey Mize at No. 15 (the highest anyone has ranked Mize yet). Matt Manning and Daz Cameron also landed on the list after taking steps forward in 2018.Law’s overall ranking feels low, though. Many assumed the Tigers would be in the conversation for a top 10 spot in baseball, especially after MLB Pipeline named them one of the most improved systems in the game in 2018. They may still land in or around that position in other rankings, but the lower-than-expected return on this list speaks to the lack of top-end talent in the farm system.That dearth of impact talent stems from what they initially had to trade, as Law notes.Trading Castellanos has been on the team’s to-do list for months now, but the team doesn’t appear close to a deal. We haven’t heard much of anything on that front for weeks now, other than Castellanos’ desire to be dealt before spring training. A deal will likely happen at some point, but with such little interest in the 26-year-old right fielder throughout the game, adding any impact talent to the minor league coffers seems unlikely.Dealing Fulmer would return a larger prospect package, but he will need to prove he can stay healthy and effective for a full season before another club pays top dollar for his services. Fulmer is under team control through the 2022 season Colin Moran Jersey , but has finished the last two seasons on the disabled list, and is coming off another knee surgery this winter.Outside of dealing those two, the Tigers’ best way to improve their system is through the draft. While Tigers fans have lauded the team’s most recent draft after the club selected several high-upside players, there is plenty of risk inherent in their strategy as well.The Tigers won’t have the benefit of taking the best available talent in the draft this year, though a No. 5 overall pick should still help. However, it falls on their minor league coaches and development staff to squeeze as much value as possible out of the farm system in order to return the team to contention in the next few years. Byron Buxton is eager to lose all reminders of a lost season.The 25-year-old Minnesota center fielder began spring training with five straight hits, including two home runs and 10 RBIs, before going hitless in three tries Wednesday for the Twins in a rain-shortened 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.“We haven’t played very many games out here and he’s already shown everyone who’s watching he can do a lot of things,” first-year Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He is as impactful as any player in the game.”Buxton hit just .156 with four RBIs over 28 games last year in an injury-plagued season. He dealt with migraines, a broken toe, hand and wrist issues.Buxton batted .300 with 11 home runs, 35 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 57 games after the All-Star break in 2017, and won a Gold G.“He can do things on both sides of the ball and on the bases,” Baldelli said.FROM AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUESORIOLES 7, RED SOX (SS) 6Chance Sisco hit two home runs, singled and drove in five runs for Baltimore. He has homered three times this spring.Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his second spring home run for Boston. Eduardo Rodriguez struck out three in his two-inning start David Freese Jersey , but was touched for two runs on three hits.NATIONALS 14, ASTROS 8Washington starter Jeremy Hellickson struck out three in two scoreless innings. Adam Eaton drove in two runs.Houston reliever Chris Devenski gave up three hits and a walk while getting only one out.TIGERS 10, YANKEES 4Josh Harrison reached base in all three plate appearances of his Detroit debut. He also had a throwing error from second base in a game shortened because of rain.Christin Stewart hit a grand slam and Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back, two-run doubles. Michael Fulmer gave up four runs in his two-inning start.Greg Bird hit a three-run homer for New York.BLUE JAYS 2, PIRATES 1Kendrys Morales drove in both of Toronto’s runs with a single and double. Matt Shoemaker gave up a first-inning homer to Pittsburgh’s Jason Martin.BRAVES 4, CARDINALS 0Kyle Wright, Atlanta’s first-round draft pick in 2017, struck out three in his two-inning start.Dakota Hudson, St. Louis’ first-round pick in 2016, gave up a hit in his two-inning start.TWINS 4, PHILLIES 2Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer for Minnesota.Jean Segura and Andrew McCutchen each had two hits for Philadelphia and J.T. Realmuto had an RBI double.RAYS 5, RED SOX (SS) 4Rafael Devers had three hits, including a home run, for Boston. Brock Holt added two hits.Nate Lowe and Daniel Robertson homered for Tampa Bay.METS 14, MARLINS 6Danny Espinosa hit a three-run homer for New York. Steven Matz gave up three hits and struck out three in two innings.Lewis Brinson, the Miami centerpiece in the Christian Yelich trade last year , hit two home runs. Wei-Yin Chen gave up five runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings.INDIANS (SS) 6, BREWERS 1Cleveland starter Shane Bieber worked two clean innings. Mark Mathias, who spent the last two seasons at Double-A Akron and earned an invitation to the major league camp, hit two solo home runs.Jhoulys Chacin pitched a fast first inning for Milwaukee.INDIANS (SS) 6, MARINERS 5Seattle starter Mike Leake allowed one hit in three innings. Max Moroff had a three-run homer for Cleveland.CUBS 6, RANGERS 1Cole Hamels gave up two hits in two scoreless innings and Willson Contreras hit his second home run of the spring for Chicago.Edinson Volquez allowed four runs and four hits in an inning for Texas.GIANTS 15, ROYALS 2San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija threw two scoreless innings. Gerardo Parra and Evan Longoria each had one of the Giants‘ five home runs.Frank Schwindel homered for Kansas City.DODGERS 5, ATHLETICS 3Los Angeles lefty Julio Urias worked an inning in his spring debut. The 22-year-old had shoulder surgery in June 2017 and returned to the Dodgers last Sept. 15 for three starts.Joakim Soria made his Oakland debut, walking two and getting two outs.DIAMONDBACKS 5, PADRES 5, 9 INNINGSPadres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his second home run of the spring.Looking to return to the majors after a second Tommy John surgery, Rubby De La Rosa walked a batter over an inning of relief for Arizona. Caleb Joseph drove in two runs with two hits.REDS 11, WHITE SOX 4Cincinnati starter Tanner Roark allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings. Christian Colon and Derek Dietrich each drove in three runs for the Reds.Yonder Alonso hit his second home run of the spring for Chicago. Reynaldo Lopez gave up five hits in his two-inning start.ANGELS 9, ROCKIES 7Angels starter Trevor Cahill was touched for five runs in one inning.Trevor Story homered and Charlie Blackmon doubled for Colorado.

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