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Future Tigers Part 2

John Stroba

April 14, 2010

This is the second in a series of articles that is looking at Future Tigers that are down on the farm. The first article dealt with the AAA Toledo MudHens. This one will deal with the AA Erie Seawolves. While Toledo boasts most of the near ready Detroit prospects, Erie does have some intriguing players as well.

Cale Iorg SS: Iorg might be the most intriguing player on the Erie roster. At this time last year, the Tigers considered him their top position prospect. Iorg had been placed on the FSL All Star team both mid season and post season. Dave Dombrowski said that the only question is when Iorg would be an All Star in the majors not if. Adam Everett presumbly was signed to a one year contract in Detroit to keep the seat warm for Iorg in 2010 with a good season. So what happened? All the exepectations might have been too much and Iorg had what can only charitbly be called a bad season posting 222/274/336 in Erie last year. Iorg is a couple years older than his peers due to a 2 year Mormon mission he was on. Now, this season is critical for Iorg to turn it around and try minimize the damage last year did to his career. Nearly all the scouts that see Iorg play say that he might be the best defensive SS in the entire system (including Everett and Santiago), so the only question is if he can hit enough to make the majors. He does have an intriguing power/speed combination. Cale also (like many Tiger prospects) does have strike zone control issues.

Wilkin Rameriz OF: Rameriz is an eternal tease of a prospect. He does have a lot of power and speed. And a pretty good arm. However, he never can quite put it all together and does have strike zone control issues. It looks like the Tigers are tiring of the tease as they are, in essence, demoting him from Toledo down to Erie. Rameriz is going to need a very good season just to stay in the OF mix. Clearly he is behind guys like Strieby, Boesch and Casper Wells.

Andrew Oliver SP: Oliver is a second rounder from the 2009 draft. Coming into the college season he was considered a first round talent, but his slider vanished on him. The Tigers got him in the second round and sent him to the Arizona Fall League and he found it again. Oliver looked pretty good in Spring Training and the Tigers are being very aggressive with him putting him at Erie. With a good season in Erie, Oliver could be looking at a callup to Detroit should the Tigers need a lefty starter.

Zach Simons RHP: Simons needs to work on his secondary pitches to such a degree that the Tigers took him off the 40 man roster this winter. He did come over a couple years ago in the Jason Grilli trade. Like many Detroit relief prospects Simons can really bring the heat. If he harnesses it then it would be a short time before he finds his way to Detroit as another bullpen arm.

1 comment:

  1. Andrew Oliver is a guy to watch for sure out of this group, I am very surprised though like you said at how aggressive they are being with him.