Let’s face it, the 2017 season is over for the Detroit Tigers. Now it’s time to focus on some of the prospects the clubhouse acquired in late July.
When news broke that J.D. Martinez was headed to Arizona, the general consensus was that Al Avila and the Tigers made a big mistake. The return of prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King was less than ideal, as none were considered Top 100 prospects. Even within the Diamondbacks organization, Alcantara and King weren’t in the top 10. While some may argue the trade made sense for the Tigers, the verdict is still out for me.
Since joining the Tigers organization in the Minors:
- Lugo is batting .240/.294/.420 with 5 home runs in 25 games in Erie
- Alcantara is batting .238/.337/.300 in 22 games in Lakeland
- King is batting .285/.286/.357 in 14 games in the Gulf Coast League
Now, to the trade with the Chicago Cubs, in which the Tigers picked up Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes for Alex Avila and Justin Wilson. Candelario saw action in one game while Jose Iglesias was on the bereavement list, and he managed to knock out one hit and one run in just two at bats. I look forward to seeing him at 3B once Nick Castellanos finally makes the move out to rightfield.
Meanwhile, Paredes is making a case for himself in the Midwest League, where he’s batting .346/.433/.615 with 4 home runs in 14 games since the trade. According to MLB, the MWL is one of the toughest hitting environments in the Minors, making Paredes’ numbers all the more impressive. He also was named to the MLB Pipeline team of the week:
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 14, 2017
The verdict is still out as to whether the Tigers and Astros will get anywhere with their Verlander trade discussions. But our ace is getting too old for a rebuild and the Astros could certainly use a dominant starting pitcher on their roster if they’re to remain contenders.