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Tigers have deep farm system thanks to spending

Posted on: November 22, 2010 12:53 pm
Porcello The Tigers haven't pulled any punches in the draft over the last few seasons, willingly handing out lucrative bonuses in order to land their targets.

That's allowed Detroit to front their rotation with Justin Verlander and hopefully Rick Porcello (pictured) and Baseball America 's No. 1 prospect Jacob Turner down the road. They also shipped two prospects (Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller) to Florida that were signed to significant bonuses in order to grab Miguel Cabrera.

Turner was drafted out of high school in 2009, but did not pitch in the minors until 2010 and has a major-league contract in tow, so Detroit is hoping he moves quickly. He has a shot to reach Double-A by the end of the season, placing him on track for a big-league debut near the end of 2012. The major impediment to Turner is his still-developing body, as he currently doesn't have the endurance to pitch every fifth day and go deep into games. That's expected to change, and Turner is among the best pitching prospects in the game as a result.

Behind him in the prospect rankings is Nick Castellanos, who also signed for a hefty bonus, setting a record for the supplemental first round bonus ($3.45 million) in the process. While Castellanos road to the majors will take longer than Turner (BA has Castellanos spending at least three years in the farm), he could emerge as an impact third baseman with 20-25 home run power and a shot at hitting .300.

The rest of the list:

1. Jacob Turner, rhp
2. Nick Castellanos, 3b
3. Andy Oliver, lhp
4. Francisco Martinez, 3b
5. Daniel Fields, of
6. Casey Crosby, lhp
7. Chance Ruffin, rhp
8. Drew Smyly, lhp
9. Avisail Garcia, of
10. Jose Ortega, rhp

-- Evan Brunell

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