The Tigers didn’t fare so well on one recent top 100 prospect list from Baseball Prospectus. Baseball America was more favorable. Meanwhile, the other big dogs on the block, FanGraphs and MLB Pipeline, should be producing new top 100 lists and new team lists in the next month or so. In the interim, one the younger entrants into the internet prospect service market is making their presence felt.
Prospects Live published their top 100 list on Friday. The site has a strong presence in scouting for fantasy baseball, but the baseline scouting and reports are very strong on their own. The Tigers fared reasonably well, placing three of their top prospects in the top 100.
Casey Mize, the Tigers’ 2018 number one overall pick, was the highest rated Tigers’ farmhand, checking in at 35th overall. Matt Manning, BYB’s second-ranked Tigers’ prospect, was ranked 59th by Prospects Live. Shortstop Isaac Paredes rounds out the Tigers’ representatives at 86th. You can view their full list, and check out a lot of good content they have up, right here.
Meanwhile, one their lead scouts, Jason Woodell (on Twitter @jasonatthegame) makes an excellent follow in particular. Woodell spent a lot of time in Lakeland, as well as Midwest League trips, among others, this season. As a result, he developed some strong opinions on players like Matt Manning, Isaac Paredes, Daz Cameron, and Casey Mize.
He also appeared with friends of BYB Roger Martin and Chris Brown, on the Tigers SRD podcast this week where he shared his thoughts on the Tigers’ system, along with some kernals on his scouting process. Manning’s athleticism drew raves, and Woodell tackled one of our favorite scouting topics; the difficulty in properly evaluating and valuing the extreme low risk represented in a defensive specialist extraordinaire like Tigers’ catching prospect, Jake Rogers. It’s well worth a listen for anyone interested in the Tigers’ rebuilding effort.