ESPN: Tigers minor league system among bottom 10
If the Tigers were to sing the Bob Evans' "Down on the Farm" jingle, it would more of a cry into an empty well.
At least that's the assessment of ESPN's Keith Law, who puts Detroit's minor league system among baseball's bottom 10 at No. 24.
The good news? Last year, the Tigers were No. 26 in his annual ranking. Click here for the bottom 10 ranking.
Law underscores the Tigers' plethora of flamethrowers, notably 2016 first-rounder Matt Manning (98 mph). From there, things began to thin out.
Law writes, "While there are plenty of future relievers to be found here (led by potential closer Joe Jimenez), there’s a quiet underclass of prospects who project to play in the middle of the field and provide real defensive value, with the primary questions around their bats rather than their gloves or positions.
"That said, too many recent Tiger draft picks have had disappointing starts to their pro careers, even still-promising prospects like Beau Burrows, Derek Hill and Spencer Turnbull. If that group continues to stagnate, this system will end up in the bottom three next winter."