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Future Tigers Part 3

April 18, 2010

John Stroba- Writer


As one goes down deeper into the minor leagues, the line between what is a good prospect and who are excelling but really do not have major role with the parent club, if they evver reach there. This is especially true early in the season. Now, in the Florida State League, prospects can really begin to serve notice when they make it to Lakeland. Over the last couple of years, Cale Iorg and Ryan Strieby did put up some intriguing numbers in Lakeland. One thing to remember though is that in the FSL (A+ level baseball) it is very much a pitcher's league. With that in mind, let us see what is transpiring down in Lakeland.

Daniel Fields SS: It is interesting to see that Fields is going to be starting off at Lakeland for his pro debut. Fields was considered a likely sandwhich pick as far as his talent goes. However, many teams thought he was a lock to head to the University of Michigan so he did not get picked up until the 6th round this year. The Tigers offered him first round money and he signed on the dotted line. Fields is probably not going to last as SS as he fills out, but he could be 3b or OF down the line. His bat looks interesting and would not be a problem at either place. It should be interesting to see if the Tigers decide to have Fields in Lakeland as a part time player instead of sending him down to West Michigan where he could play more often. There is no hurry on Fields and this could be a plan from Detroit management to let youngsters like Fields get used to pro ball first.

Brayan Villarreal RHP: Villarreal is a bit on the short side (6' 170 he's listed at) for a major league starting pitcher and he is not young for the FSL (23 if anything is a shade old). However, it is hard to argue with the numbers that he is putting up in his two starts (1bb/17k in 9.1 ip over 2 starts and only allowing 7 hits). His dominating first two starts is starting to draw the attention of others outside of Lakeland. If he keeps it up he could work himself into the Tigers plans but two starts are not enough yet.

Mark Sorenson RHP: The son of Larry Sorenson is turning 24 years old this year, and he really needs to make an impression in Lakeland and probably enough to get promoted to Erie. Otherwise, Sorenson is in danger of becoming just a organizational fodder.

1 comment:

  1. I think getting Fields to sign was a real nice move for the organization and shows that someone knows what they are doing as far as scouting.

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