Minor league guru Kevin Goldstein has had an ongoing series of minor league position breakdowns. In the columns, he talks about the top prospects at each position. The good news is, he picked Cameron Maybin as the best centerfield prospect in baseball. No big surprise there as he’s been playing exceptionally well in low A ball at nineteen years of age. Justin Upton, who was taken first overall the same year Maybin was drafted in 2005, was third on the list.
There is some bad news though. Goldstein has now finished up all of the positions and outside of Maybin, no Tiger minor leaguer made any of the other lists, even as an honorable mention. So the Tigers don’t have a top fifteen prospect at any position anywhere in the majors except for center field. They have arms like Andrew Miller and Humberto Sanchez, but it looks like the Tigers won’t really be able to look to their minor leagues for ready made position players in the immediate future. Not a huge deal because if you look at the Tigers now, only Brandon Inge and Curstis Granderson came from the Tigers farm system.