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Detroit – The Tigers on Thursday optioned two players to Triple-A Toledo – shortstop Willi Castro and outfielder Troy Stokes Jr.

Castro, who will turn 23 next month, is the No. 6-rated prospect in the Tigers system, according to MLBPipeline. He made his debut last September, hitting .230 in 30 games. He had a good spring, going 8 for 25.

The Tigers, though, are expected to start Niko Goodrum at shortstop, with Jordy Mercer and Harold Castro as backups. 

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Stokes, claimed off waivers from the Brewers last September, made a strong impression this spring, going 6 for 22 with five doubles. He showed plus speed, both on the bases and in the outfield.

Neither were expected to make the 26-man roster out of camp.

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