By James Nahikian
Although the Detroit Tigers’ minor league system is not very deep or highly thought of, there are a few guys at the top of the list that are very special. Those two guys are Jacob Turner (Starting Pitcher) and Nick Castellanos (Third Basemen). Turner and Castellanos are ranked first and second on almost all of the Tigers’ top prospect lists, including the list composed by Baseball America (One of the most respected sources).
Turner, who was just promoted today from Class-A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo, made his major league debut last season at the age of 20. He was the early favorite to win the team’s fifth spot in the rotation in Spring Training this year before developing tendinitis in his right shoulder. After recovery, Turner made four starts for Lakeland, where he posted an ERA of 1.66. In his most recent start on Tuesday, he pitched seven shutout innings and racked up eight strikeouts. Turner will make his first start of the season for the Mud Hens this Sunday against Gwinnett.
Meanwhile, the six foot four Castellanos has been dominating the Florida State League while also playing for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The third baseman leads the league with a stunning batting average of .403 and also tops the charts with a slugging percentage of .560. Castellanos also has the most hits in the league with 54. And having played only 34 games, he is averaging over 1.5 hits per contest. With such remarkable production, most people in the organization feel that a promotion to Double-A Erie will be in the near future.
Both players are in their low twenties and were first round picks fresh out of high school. They are proving to be worth all the hype, and in an organization where the top team now has a losing record after coming into the season with World Series aspirations, living up to the hype isn’t a walk in the park.
LINK: (Baseball America’s Top Prospect List For The Detroit Tigers) http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2012/2612808.html
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