At a time when Detroit's big-league club remains focused on the MLB playoffs, three Tigers youngsters were recognized on Sunday for being among the 20 best prospects in the upcoming Florida State League by Baseball America.
Headlining the trio was elite hitting prospect Nick Castellanos, a 20-year-old third baseman who remains the most coveted commodity in Detroit's organization. Castellanos came in at No. 5 overall in the rankings, but was only the second position player listed after Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.
Also earning a nod was promising outfielder Avisail Garcia, who grabbed the No. 13 spot due in part to his late-season rise as a speedy fill-in for manager Jim Leyland. In addition to Garcia, Tigers 21-year-old right-hander Bruce Rondon picked up a nod with the No. 14 spot. The 6'2 Rondon was listed as having the best fastball in the Tigers' organization after the 2011 campaign, and was a dominant force in the bullpen for both Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo this season.