Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers are two of seven prospects representing the Detroit Tigers at the 2018 Arizona Fall League. Both prospects will join Daniel Woodrow and others on the Mesa Solar Sox roster, along with prospects from the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, and Oakland Athletics.
Cameron has arguably had the strongest season of any Tigers prospect in 2018. He started the year in High-A, where he hit .259/.346/.370 with 15 extra-base hits in 246 plate appearances. He was promoted to Double-A Erie in mid-June and didn’t miss a beat, hitting .285/.367/.470 in 53 games. He was recently promoted to Triple-A Toledo for the stretch run, and has eight hits and six runs scored in 10 games played.
Rogers started the year ice cold, but has come on strong lately. Since June 1, the 23-year-old backstop is hitting .262/.351/.544 with 14 home runs. He still has a lot of swing and miss to his game — he has 61 strikeouts in 242 plate appearances during that hot stretch — but draws walks and hits for power. He is also one of the best defensive catchers in the entire minor leagues, and will be the Tigers’ best defender behind the plate the moment he is called up to the majors.
The other Tigers prospects on Mesa’s roster are Sandy Baez, John Schreiber, Eduardo Jimenez, Daniel Woodrow, and Danny Pinero.
The full rosters are still trickling out, but we know that Detroit’s top pitching prospects will not participate in this year’s Fall League. Righthander Franklin Perez is currently rehabbing a shoulder injury, while Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, and Beau Burrows have all logged enough innings during the regular season.
MLB.com identified all of the top 100 prospects heading to the Fall League this year, and none of the Tigers’ top pitchers are included.
The other Top 100 prospects so far in the AFL this season are Nationals shortstop Carter Kieboom (No. 34), Dodgers catcher Keibert Ruiz (No. 37), returnee Estevan Florial of the Yankees (No. 46), Braves outfielder Cristian Pache (No. 55), Mets infielder Andres Gimenez (No. 57), who is joined by organization-mate Peter Alonso (No. 61), Rangers outfielder Juan Pablo Martinez (No. 58), D-backs right-hander Jon Duplantier (No. 67) and another pair AFL return participants, Marlins outfielder Monte Harrison (No. 76) and Red Sox infielder Michael Chavis (No. 97).
Joining those 10 players will be infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect), Astros pitchers Forrest Whitley (No. 7) and J.B. Bukauskus (No. 21), Phillies righthander Sixto Sanchez (No. 16), and a trio of talented position players: Taylor Trammell (Reds, No. 19 overall), Luis Robert (White Sox, No. 25), and Keston Hiura (Brewers, No. 26).