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4 Tigers arms land on Top 100 Prospects list

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As the Tigers embark on a rebuilding project built around pitching, they got a reminder just how much potential they have. Four right-handed Tigers starting pitching prospects landed on MLB Pipeline’s latest rankings of the Top 100 prospects across baseball.

Franklin Perez, the top prospect from last summer’s trade with Houston, joins former first-round Draft picks Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows. Perez leads the group at 39th on the list. Manning lands at 55th, Faedo 59th and Burrows 77th.

Only the Braves, Reds, White Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Padres and Rays have more players on the list. Of those, only the Braves and Padres have more pitchers on the wholesale mlb jerseys list.

The annual ranking of MLB’s Top 100 prospects is assembled by MLBPipeline Draft and prospect experts , Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players’ skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status entering the 2018 season are eligible for the list. Players who were at least 25 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.

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In terms of “prospect points” — assigning a value that corresponds with where each prospect is ranked on the list, such as 100 points for the top overall prospect, 99 for the second and so forth — the Tigers had the 15th-most points.

Faedo’s college success came with a 92-93 mph fastball that topped off at 95, complemented by a dominant slider. The 22-year-old had a changeup that he rarely threw in college but will dust it off and hone it once he begins pro ball. Where his pro career begins, whether at West Michigan or Lakeland, remains to be seen.

None of the four prospects are expected to pitch in Detroit this year, though Burrows or Perez could push for a late-season callup with a strong summer at Erie and Triple-A Toledo. Considering the different ages and developmental levels, they won’t all be arriving at the same time, and there’s no guarantee they’ll all make it. Still, with their collective potential, they give the Tigers the pieces for their next great rotation, following in the footsteps of Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello.

Friday was a little less hands-on for security reasons. Considering both Norris and Castellanos were a little less than accurate in their money-counting contest, that’s probably a good thing. Still, it was a chance for fans to connect with a couple of younger yet familiar Tigers. It was also a reminder, as Castellanos noted, that fans in Detroit still love the Tigers as they embark on a rebuild.

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“I can’t handle the money or do anything on the computer, but I can make people feel special,” Castellanos said.

Other stops on Friday’s leg of the caravan had a similar purpose. Earlier Friday, another group of players visited patients at DMC Children’s Hospital. Others, including JaCoby Jones and Dixon Machado, visited the Grace Center of Hope, a facility that provides refuge, safety and security to people who are rebuilding their lives.

The Metro Bus leg of the caravan ended Friday in downtown Detroit with its annual visit to the North American International Auto Show, where the Tigers helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet pickup truck.

Elsewhere in Michigan, the North Bus leg of the caravan visited the annual Snowfest in Frankenmuth on Friday. Its Thursday leg included a stop at the Stahl’s Automotive Museum, which features classic cars and accessories dating back to the Depression era and rare music machines from around the world. There, Michael Fulmer found a Volkswagen that could rival Norris’ famous VW van.

As Norris replied on Twitter, it’s big enough that he could have a roommate. But as he noted on MLB Network Friday, classic Volkswagen vans in that condition are likely out of his price range.

The Tigers’ Winter Caravan serves as the lead-in to TigerFest on Saturday at Comerica Park. Tickets are sold out for the event.