Tiger prospect most likely to be picked in upcoming Rule 5 Draft:
Tigers: Elvis Alvarado, RHP (No. 26)
Alvarado has already been through the Rule 5 process once before, having been selected in the Minor League stage by Detroit last year. He broke out in 2022, climbing three levels from Single-A to Double-A on the strength of a fastball capable of touching 99 mph with good sink. The 23-year-old right-hander finished with a strong 63/18 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings as a reliever, but his lack of an above-average second pitch may have kept him from being protected. His velocity and decent control could still get him another Rule 5 look, this time in the Major League section.
Alvarado has had success in the Dominican Winter League, though in limited action with 7 IP, 0 R, 1BB, 7K
Tigers: Izaac Pacheco, 3B/SS (No. 8)
Though Pacheco has solid power and provides similar defense at third base, rebuilding Detroit has a number of talented left-side infielders. Signed for an above-slot $2.75 million as a 2021 second-rounder from a Texas high school, he batted .254/.331/.408 with 11 homers and 12 steals between Single-A and High-A in his full-season debut.