There isn’t an official top prospect list, but BA’s is kind of the standard. Today they announced the Tigers 2008 top 10
- Rick Porcello, rhp
- Cale Iorg, ss
- Scott Sizemore, 2b
- Michael Hollimon, 2b/ss
- Yorman Bazardo, rhp
- Jeff Larish, 1b
- Matt Joyce, of
- Danny Worth, ss
- Francisco Cruceta, rhp
- Brandon Hamilton, rhp
Rick Porcello is the clear cut stud, but after that things get cloudy. I’m surprised to see Cale Iorg rated so highly. While he may have all the tools, those tools haven’t really even been on display for several years. Plus a hamstring injury in the Hawaiian Winter League added to the lack of exposure to competitive baseball.I have a hard time rating him that highly, at least this year.
I’m also surprised to see Scott Sizemore rated number 3. While I like what Sizemore has done, the AFL is his only exposre to players in his age range.
The rest of the list is pretty much in line with who’d you would expect to see. As for the order, I don’t think there is a lot of separation so the composition is probably more important than the ranking.
There are write-ups on the top 10, but they are premium content. I will point out a couple of items though:
It would come as no surprise if he opened the season as Detroit’s fifth starter.
I’d be quite surprised given the rotation is set barring injury. I do like him as the 6th starter though and do expect him to make the team. (edit: in his chat, Morosi indicated that was written before the Willis trade)
Second base would be his best position, but the Tigers have Placido Polanco under contract through 2009. Hollimon is athletic enough to play in the outfield, but Detroit has no plans to move him there this year in Triple-A.
Hadn’t heard him listed as a potential outfielder before.
Joyce has moved swiftly since signing in 2005, and he’ll move up to Triple-A this season. If all goes well, he’ll challenge for a big league job in 2009.
I’d like to see him at AAA, but with Timo Perez, Freddy Guzman, and Brent Clevlen the outfield appears full.
Worth will return to Lakeland or Erie to begin 2008 and could move quickly in a system that lacks depth at shortstop in the upper minors.
Brent Dlugach, Tony Giarratano, and Hollimon figure to provide depth. Not that Dlugach should block anybody, but he’s still depth. Plus Tony G is still on the 40 man.