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Casey Mize tops FanGraphs’ 2019 Tigers top prospect list

The order and grades are not surprising, but still encouraging.

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FanGraphs released their Top 26 prospect list for the Detroit Tigers organization today. The players are ranked in descending order and are graded using the 20-80 Future Value scale.

The list starts off with some familiar names, topped off by Casey Mize and his organization-leading 55 FV overall grade. Pitcher Matt Manning, outfielder Daz Cameron and infielder Isaac Paredes follow up all carrying 50 FV ratings, with pitcher Franklin Perez rounding out the top five with his 45+ FV grade. The only FV rating that differs from the 2019 pre-season grades is Franklin Perez, who took a small step up from his previous 45 FV.

The biggest surprise on the list is Adinso Reyes’ debut at No. 21, an international prospect signed in 2018. The largely unknown 17-year-old Dominican shortstop is also No. 22 on MLB Pipeline’s rankings for the 2018 international free agent class. Power is his calling card, but his hit tool leaves a lot to be desired. Scouting reports suggest that he’s pretty spry for a bigger guy, though his body type projects to slow him down, which could ultimately affect his position in the infield, where he shows a good arm and glove tools.

You can see the entire ranked list below; the article has expanded explanations for each player. The biggest drops in grades are seen in Dawel Lugo — who descended from a 45 FV overall rating to 35+ FV — and Gregory Soto, who fell to 35+ FV from 40+ FV. The rest are mostly unchanged, with a few changing by a half- to full-grade at most several players dropping a half- to full-grade. So maybe these projections are not so encouraging after all.

Source: FanGraphs