moochman wrote:You forgot to mention that the Tigers minor leagues system is rated one of the best in baseball.
Never heard that one before! <sarcasm>
I'm encouraged by what seems to be a talent upgrade, but what we are talking about is talent that won't affect the big team for 4-5 years, if at all. The Tigers don't exactly have a track record of developing players in their minor league system.
It's definitely true that we have some talent, but most of it being in the lower levels. One thing I like about this last draft is that they drafted some relatively polished hitters. In the past, they often drafted too many raw players with high picks. Scott Moore and Eric Munson are good examples of this and they had serious issues with the strike zone to show for it. Whether or not they are destined for the big leagues or not, guys like Jeff Larish, Clete Thomas, and Willie Rhymes are producing AND showing impressive plate discipline. That in itself is a rarity for most Tiger prospects in the lower levels, let alone 3 (plus a few others that I didn't mention) from the same draft class. These are college players capable of moving fast if everything goes well. Maybe this organization finally has some people who can draft good players, or maybe it's dumb luck so far.
If you can't tell, I'm excited about some of the Tigers' low minors prospects for the first time in years. I just hope our minor league system doesn't screw this opportunity up.