There's no denying that it has been a struggle for the Detroit Tigers to win games about a quarter of the way through the 2022 MLB season. They are currently tied for last place in the American League Central (14-26 record) and could benefit from giving young prospects a chance to play in the majors.
The good news is that the Tigers' farm system is full of talented players just chomping at the bit for that exact opportunity to arise. All they are waiting for is the call from manager A.J. Hinch. Here's a look at three Detroit prospects who need to be called up before the All-Star break.
Detroit Tigers Prospects
1. Ryan Kreidler, SS
This one comes down to one thing and one thing only, taking stock of the minor league options. Ryan Kreidler was once viewed as a potential long-term solution at shortstop until the Javier Baez signing, but remains a potential elite talent, ranking No. 6 in Detroit's farm system. Detroit needs to take stock of his ability to play other positions, but more importantly to hit MLB pitching. Kreidler is slashing just .246/.346/.462 at Triple-A Toledo this year, but a smooth transition to the big leagues will only up his potential asking price. The Tigers should do their due diligence in seeing if Kreidler is a potential long-term member of the infield, or can be dealt for younger prospects at different positions of need.
2. Kody Clemens, INF/OF
The Tigers average the fewest runs per game in the league this season (2.75) and desperately need players capable of getting on base at a high rate. That's where Kody Clemens could come in. The 26-year-old is slashing .303/.331/.576 across 40 games played at the Triple-A level this season. Clemens has also racked up 25 runs scored, 8 home runs, 30 RBI and 3 stolen bases. If he can cut down on his strikeout rate, Clemens has a real shot to earn significant playing time down the stretch for Detroit. After all, outfielders Austin Meadows and Victor Reyes remain on the injured list.
3. Garrett Hill, RHP
Detroit continues to search for answers to their starting rotation problems. Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Manning, Casey Mize and Michael Pineda are all currently sitting on the injured list, which leaves the Tigers with little pitching depth. One name that sticks out in the minor leagues is Garrett Hill. The 26-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.43 ERA and 0.97 WHIP across eight starts in the minor leagues this season. Hill has shown off a nasty ability to shut down opposing hitters by tallying 57 strikeouts in 37.0 innings pitched so far. He was recently called up to Triple-A and it wouldn't be surprising if a debut in the majors isn't too far away.
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