Few prospects in the Detroit Tigers system had as much momentum ending this season as did Daz Cameron. While the small stint he served in Triple-A Toledo didn’t tell us much, his successes with the Lakeland Flying Tigers and at Double-A Erie were demonstrative of rapidly improving skill. His potential as a producer on both sides of the ball could make him the best two-way player Detroit has seen since Ian Kinsler’s prime.
Cameron is aware of the momentum that he’s carrying into Arizona Fall League action. “I feel like, for me to just come out here and work hard was just the most important part for me,” the outfielder said to MLB.com. “Just stay within myself and keep things going.” He has only played in three games so far, but hit .308/.357/.385 in those at-bats.
Here’s how the rest of Detroit’s youth are performing since arriving to the Arizona Fall League a week ago.
Arizona Fall League: Tigers hitters
C Jake Rogers
Baseball writers often use the label “of the future” far too liberally when discussing prospects, and I try to stray away from it. Despite that, I have little shame in calling Rogers the Tigers’ catcher of the future. His smooth, cat-like defense and pitch framing skills demand little in the way of offensive production. Even if he’s never much at the plate, it’s easy to envision a three win player. He hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire so far, though, with only one hit in nine trips to the dish.
3B Danny Pinero
A mainstay of the West Michigan Whitecaps’ championship lineup in 2017, Pinero improved his power output significantly at High-A Lakeland this year. Although the Florida State League is one of the most pitcher-friendly environments in the minors, he still managed to hit nine bombs while improving his versatility. He has two hits in five at-bats since joining the Solar Sox.
OF Danny Woodrow
Discussing the major league club became painful as the season drew to a close, but Woodrow’s race for the Eastern League batting title was a bright spot on the farm. While he profiles as a fifth outfielder at best, his control of the strike zone is better than most. That has yielded four hits and a walk in three games so far.
Arizona Fall League: Tigers pitchers
RHP Sandy Baez
The hard-throwing righty was thoroughly mediocre during the minor league innings he pitched in 2018. He played though a 33-game campaign in the minors interrupted by one game as the Tigers’ 26th man against the Yankees. He finished the season in the Motor City, and posted matching ERAs of 5.64 and 5.02 in Erie and Detroit, respectively. His one appearance with the Mesa Solar Sox didn’t go well, leaving him with an ugly 67.50 ERA and 7.50 WHIP after one week.
RHP Eduardo Jimenez
Detroit decided not to roll the dice with Jimenez’s Rule 5 eligibility and added him to the 40-man roster after the 2017 season. He turned in a forgettable, albeit solid season with High-A Lakeland over a career-high number of innings. The blazing fastball that earned his roster status has also kept him clean in two innings of Arizona Fall League gameplay. That may not last, however, as he is facing better competition than in the past.
RHP John Schreiber
The sidearmer has become a bit of a favorite son among Tigers fans. The bullpen has long been a thorn in Detroit’s side. His dominance in the high minors is a welcome omen of things to come. While the Fall League hasn’t been overly kind to him — the opposition has scored in one of his two appearances — he’s a safe bet as a seventh inning guy in the near future.
LHP Gregory Soto
His one outing did not go well, as he allowed three walks in 2 1⁄3 innings. He did not allow a hit, though, and struck out two. Soto also struggled to find the strike zone throughout the minor league season, but struck out 115 batters in 113 1⁄3 innings for High-A Lakeland this year.