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Two prospects that may take a BIG step forward in 2022

I'll leave out our top prospects, namely Riley Greene,Spencer Torkelson, Dillon Dingler, Jackson Jobe and Ty Madden. My focus is on prospects down the chain who can greatly improve their ranking come mid-season or at the end of the season. So I'm looking at the next Tarik Skubal or even Ryan Kreidler. Here's my picks for the two prospects that should jump from the mid-to-low ranks and become highly rated by year's end (meaning 2022).

Beau Brieske. I am a big fan, because he has the Casey Mize smarts about pitching. He could become the steal of the 2019 draft. The Tigers grabbed Brieske in the 27th round seeing him as nothing more than minor league depth. But he's showing real breakout potential. He doesn't tend to walk many batters and he has a high K rate. He can spot his fastball across the quadrants and he pairs this with a good, slow changeup. He's got a loopy, slow curveball that can frustrate the timing of batters. He's working on a slider to give him a decent fourth pitch. I see him as a middle relief option as early as late this season. The best thing is his control, but he needs to work on command. I think he can take a huge step forward by tightening his secondary pitches.

Gage Workman. He's a hugely athletic and toolsy player who can probably play any position in the field, although he may be a bit slow for shortstop. Workman was a standout at Arizona State and it's surprising he lasted into the fourth round in 2020 because of a so-so season. He's shown plate discipline (at times) and a lot of pop, and he's a switch hitter as well. He's probably a project for 2024. There's a lot to work with there, but he has stretches of problems with strikeouts. I project him as being an option for 2B by 2023.

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