With the Tigers in full rebuild mode, a lot of prospects should be heading to the big leagues in the near future. Some will make an appearance this year, while others will wait until 2019 or 2020. However, over the next few years, Tigers fans will be seeing a lot of new faces. Here are three that are impressing in the minors right now.
Lugo was actually called up earlier this season, but never made an appearance for the Tigers. Lugo was acquired in the J.D. Martinez trade last year. In 2018, Lugo is hitting .286 with 17 doubles, 38 runs scored and 29 RBI for the Toledo Mud Hens. Defensively, Lugo has committed just three errors and has turned 37 double plays in 65 games. One concerning part of Lugo’s game is his lack of walks. He’s walked just four times this year while striking out 37. He’s got a lot of room to grow, but the 23-year old infielder looks like he’s ready for a taste of the big leagues.
Robson is not a guy you will hear a lot about, because he is not one of the Tigers’ top prospects. But, he is having a solid 2018 season for the Erie SeaWolves. The 23-year old outfielder is hitting .286 with seven home runs, 31 RBI, 42 runs scored and 34 walks in 64 games. Robson was an eighth round pick by the Tigers in the 2016 MLB draft and is currently rated as the Tigers’ No. 26 overall prospect. He is a very fast player that will likely play center or left field in the majors. His speed and base stealing ability could allow him to become a top of the order bat.
Hall was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft and is the Tigers’ No. 23 overall prospect. For the SeaWolves in 2018, Hall is 2-2 with a 2.27 ERA, 55 strikeouts and has only allowed one home run in 39.2 innings. According to MLB.com, Hall has the best curveball in the Tigers’ system and will throw it at any point in the count. That curveball makes up for his fastball which sits in the high 80’s and occasionally touches the low 90’s. He needs to work on developing pitches outside of his curveball and fastball, but Hall is a solid lefty that could help the Tigers in the future.