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Hitting: 60. Power: 80. Running: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50. TRACK RECORD: Torkelson was a jack-of-all trades at Casa Grande High in Petaluma, Calif., playing football and basketball in addition to baseball and spending time as both a pitcher and position player on the diamond. He was on the fringe of draft radars but went undrafted out of high school. As a freshman at Arizona State, Torkelson led the nation with 25 home runs and smashed Barry Bonds’ school freshman home run record. He followed up by batting .351/.446/.707 with 23 home runs as a sophomore and entered his junior season on the verge of breaking the Sun Devils’ career home run record and entering the national top 10. Torkelson drew 31 walks in 17 games in 2020 as opponents gave him the Bonds treatment and simply pitched around him, but he still managed to hit six home runs in limited action before the season was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Tigers decided he was their pick early in the process and wasted no time selecting him No. 1 overall, signing him for a draft record $8.146 million bonus. The only surprise was that they announced Torkelson as a third baseman. SCOUTING REPORT: Torkelson’s power is enormous, but he’s far from an all-or-nothing slugger. A strong, physical righthanded hitter, Torkelson has plus bat speed and manages the strike zone with ease. His advanced barrel control and hand-eye coordination are complemented by exceptional timing. He hits all types of pitches, draws walks and makes balls disappear with his 80-grade power. In short, he projects to be an offensive force in the middle of a lineup. Torkelson has occasionally struggled against low breaking balls, but scouts don’t cite it as common enough to be labeled as a red flag. Even with that minor concern, evaluators project Torkelson to hit .280 with 40-plus homers on the high end and .260 with 30-plus home runs on the low end. Torkelson is a good athlete for his size, but despite being drafted as a third baseman, his long-term position is likely first base. He is an above-average defender there with an average arm, solid athleticism and footwork and fringe-average speed. Some evaluators believe he could play left field if necessary, though it would take time for him to learn the position. THE FUTURE: Torkelson joined the team at the alternate training site after signing and continued play during instructional league in Lakeland, Fla. Once regular-season play resumes, expect the Tigers to challenge Torkelson with an aggressive path to the big leagues. He draws frequent comparisons with Paul Konerko as a potential all-star and face of the franchise.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 55. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: Skubal missed the 2017 season at Seattle University recovering from Tommy John surgery but pitched well enough in his return for the Tigers to draft him in the ninth round in 2018. He vaulted into top prospect conversations following a jaw-dropping stint with Double-A Erie that concluded with a 2.13 ERA and 17.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He made his major league debut on Aug. 18 and made eight appearances. SCOUTING REPORT: Skubal’s biggest selling point is his 94-98 mph fastball with late life. It’s an overpowering pitch he can locate to both sides of the plate, though his command was scattered in his debut. Skubal’s secondaries are still developing. He flashes a plus slider and an above-average curveball, and he should be able to land them in the strike zone more often as he develops confidence in them. His changeup boasts plus movement and is effective when mixed properly, but it still lacks consistency compared to the rest of his arsenal. Skubal uses his 6-foot-3 frame to create a natural downhill attack against hitters and stays in and around the strike zone. THE FUTURE: Skubal’s debut showed that his command and secondaries still need work. His arsenal still gives him the ceiling of at least a mid-rotation starter.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Splitter: 70. Curveball: 50. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: Mize established himself as the nation’s best pitcher at Auburn and was the easy choice for the Tigers to take with the No. 1 overall pick in 2018. He raced to Double-A in his first full season, twirling a no-hitter in his Erie debut, but went on the injured list with shoulder soreness late in the season and showed noticeably diminished stuff when he returned. Mize began the 2020 season at the alternate training site and made his major league debut on Aug. 19, but struggled to an 0-3, 6.99 mark in seven starts. SCOUTING REPORT: Mize looks the part of a frontline starter with three power pitches out of a physical, 6-foot-3 frame. His fastball sits 93-96 mph and gets swings and misses in the strike zone when his command is on. His best pitch is his diving splitter in the mid 80s with late drop away from hitters on both sides of the plate. His third potential plus pitch is an upper-80s breaking ball he shapes between a cutter and a true slider. He also throws a low-80s curveball that lags behind his other offerings. Mize struggled with his fastball command and general control in his debut, but he’s been a plus strike-thrower throughout his career. THE FUTURE: Mize’s debut wasn’t pretty, but his track record and arsenal indicate he is still a potential frontline starter.
Fastball: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 60. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: The son of former NBA power forward Rich Manning, Matt was committed to St. Mary’s to play both basketball and baseball but instead signed with the Tigers as the ninth overall pick in 2016. After overcoming some developmental growing pains during his first full season, Manning ascended three levels the following year and won Eastern League pitcher of the year in 2019 at Double-A Erie. He began 2020 at the alternate training site but was shut down in late August with a right forearm strain. He was back throwing and working out at instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Manning possesses a natural, athletic fluidity to his 6-foot-6 frame and generates excellent extension on his pitches. His fastball sits 92-95 mph and touches 98. His plus curveball features sharp, downward action that plays well off his heater. Manning’s changeup flashes above-average with sinking action, but it still needs further improvement. Manning has worked incessantly to refine his delivery and repeat his arm slot. His tempo, athleticism and penchant for attacking the strike zone give him potential above-average control. THE FUTURE: Manning still has to polish his changeup and overall delivery. Once he does, he’ll be closer to fulfilling his frontline starter potential.
Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Running: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50. TRACK RECORD: A few teams considered Greene the best high school player in the 2019 draft class, ahead of the more touted Bobby Witt Jr., and the Tigers locked onto him early before taking him with the fifth overall pick. Greene made good on those predictions by shooting up to low Class A in his draft year, a rare rise for a high school prospect. He continued with an impressive cameo during big league spring training before camps were shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and spent the summer at the alternate training site. SCOUTING REPORT: Greene is a supremely talented hitter with a unique mix of skill and maturity. He does immense damage with a fluid, powerful stroke from the left side, but he also manages the strike zone with impressive patience and possesses sound control of the barrel. He’s a consensus plus hitter and, with his frame still developing, scouts believe Greene should develop 20-plus home run power as he matures physically. While there was some discussion of Greene remaining in center field, his average speed makes him a better fit in right field, where his average arm strength will play. THE FUTURE: Greene has the offensive potential to join Spencer Torkelson as a cornerstone of the Tigers’ lineup for years to come. In 2021, he’ll get a second chance at a first full season.
Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: The Tigers acquired Paredes with Jeimer Candelario in the 2017 trade that sent Alex Avila and Justin Wilson to the Cubs. Paredes quickly established himself as one of the top up-and-coming hitters in the Tigers’ system and, after a strong showing at Double-A Erie in 2019, made his major league debut for the Tigers in 2020. He appeared in 34 games down the stretch and hit .220 with one home run. SCOUTING REPORT: Paredes doesn’t have the most athletic figure, but he can hit. He has long displayed an understanding of how to handle opposing pitchers beyond his years and boasts elite strike-zone discipline. His approach and advanced barrel control yield above-average contact ability, and his mix of strength, approach and feel for the barrel give him a chance to hit for average power. Paredes came up as a shortstop but is purely a third baseman now with his portly, fully developed frame. He has the arm strength for the hot corner and projects to hit enough to profile at the position. THE FUTURE: Paredes is in line to be the Tigers’ Opening Day third baseman in 2021. He has enough offensive skill to be a first-division player, but he’s going to have to watch his fitness.
Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 65. TRACK RECORD: Dingler split his time between catcher and center field his freshman year at Ohio State before moving catcher as a sophomore. He impressed with his athleticism and natural catch-and-throw skills behind the plate and became a top draft prospect as a junior. Dingler tied for the Big Ten Conference lead with five home runs in 13 games before the season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tigers drafted him in the second round and signed him for $1,952,300. SCOUTING REPORT: Dingler has a strong, durable frame to handle the grind of catching and is more athletic than most catchers his size. He’s a natural leader who was a Buckeye steam captain and his receiving and framing are continuously improving. Dingler threw out 50 percent of runners in college with his nearly plus-plus arm strength and shuts down running games. Dingler is less prolific offensively, but he controls the strike zone and knows how to work a count. His power surge occurred after he recovered from a broken hamate bone, but scouts mostly regard him as an ambush hitter. THE FUTURE: Dingler needs to continue to refine his receiving and develop as a hitter but is the favorite to become the Tigers’ catcher of the future.
Hitting: 40. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: The son of former all-star center fielder Mike Cameron, Daz was one of three prospects the Tigers acquired from the Astros in the Justin Verlander trade. Cameron has struggled to hit aside from a brief stint at Double-A Erie in 2018, but he still spent all of 2019 at Triple-A and made his major league debut in 2020, where he hit .193 in 17 games. SCOUTING REPORT: It’s easy to catch a glimpse of Cameron’s defensive bloodlines watching him play the outfield. His pure speed and arm strength are average, but he has an advanced feel for the game that helps everything play up. He’s a capable defender in center field and can play both corners without issue. Cameron is not a natural hitter and struggles to make consistent contact. He knows the strike zone, but he swings through hittable pitches in the zone and struggles with pitch recognition at times. Cameron’s offensive value is dependent on him tapping into his natural power and making impact on contact, because he doesn’t make contact very often. THE FUTURE: Cameron’s defensive ability will keep him on the major league roster while he tries to figure out his offensive game. His father was a late bloomer offensively, so the hope is Daz will be, too.
Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Cabrera was a top draft prospect in high school but fell to the 26th round due to his strong commitment to Louisiana State. He hit .305 with 22 home runs and 116 RBIs in a decorated three-year career at LSU and was drafted by the Tigers with the 62nd overall pick in 2020. Cabrera signed for $1.21 million and made his organizational debut during instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Cabrera’s calling card is his bat. He possesses a fluid, simple stroke from the left side, complemented by good hand-eye coordination and bat speed. He shoots line drives to all fields and is an extremely consistent hitter who avoids prolonged slumps. Cabrera’s power is more of a question mark. Some believe he’ll be able to tap into his above-average raw power with his natural ability to find the barrel, while others question whether he will be able to get to it against better pitching. Originally a left fielder, Cabrera transitioned to right field and has the above-average arm strength and athleticism to stick there. He is an average runner. THE FUTURE: Cabrera has a chance to move quickly as an advanced college hitter. He’ll go as far as his bat takes him and has a chance to develop into a solid, everyday outfielder if his power comes.
Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: Faedo went 28-6 in three years at Florida and was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 College World Series after leading the Gators to the national title. The Tigers drafted him 18th overall and signed him for $3.5 million. Faedo suffered a mysterious drop in velocity in his first full season, but he rebounded in 2019 to finish third in the Double-A Eastern League with 134 strikeouts. He expected to compete for a spot in the majors in 2020, but he tested positive for COVID-19 in July and was shut down with a forearm strain in late August after a brief stint at the alternate training site. SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, Faedo’s fastball sits 91-93 mph and touches 95. His main weapon is his slider. It’s an above-average pitch and he can manipulate its length depending if he’s trying to land it for a strike or get a batter to chase. Faedo’s changeup is a fringe-average offering he needs to throw more regularly to become an average pitch. He is an intense competitor who goes right after hitters, throws strikes and draws rave reviews for his makeup. THE FUTURE: Faedo’s competitive edge and three-pitch mix are enough for scouts to project a back-of-the-rotation starter. His health is a question mark entering 2021.
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