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Meet new Detroit Tigers prospects Wilkel Hernandez, Troy Montgomery

The Detroit News
Wilkel Hernandez

The Tigers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Angels on Wednesday night for two prospects.


Position: Right-handed pitcher

Age: 18

Height/weight: 6-3/160

Signed: By the Angels as an international free agent in July 2015.

2017: Hernandez pitched for the Orem (Utah) Owlz in the Pioneer League and for the Arizona League (Rookie) Angels. Combined he was 4-1 in 12 appearances with a 2.64 ERA and 1.060 WHIP. He struck out 44 in 44.1 innings and walked 22.

Al Avila says: “He’s got a good pitcher’s body and he throws 94-95 and topped out at 96. Now, the younger guys are farther away, but there is upside here. He’s definitely a legitimate prospect.”


Position: Outfielder

Age: 23

Height/weight: 5-10/185

Drafted: By the Angels in the eighth round in 2016. Montgomery played for Ohio State from 2014-16.

2017: The left-handed hitting Indiana native played for the Double-A Mobile BayBears, and the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers and Burlington Bees in 2017. Combined he hit .271 with eight homers and 38 RBI in 373 at-bats. He had 48 walks and 74 strikeouts.

Al Avila says: “Montgomery is a high-energy guy and he’s got tools.”