Detroit Tigers: Fall Instructional League offers opportunity for prospects

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The Detroit Tigers have sent prospects over to Lakeland, Florida for the Fall Instructional League, allowing prospects to get a chance to play in 2020.

The Detroit Tigers may have had their 2020 regular season ended, but they have sent prospects over to the Fall Instructional League. The organization has sent plenty of names there, even some who have had the chances with the alternate training site, but some players are finally getting the chance to play.

After an uncertain and confusing 2020 season, prospects had to find ways to stay on the ballfield among all the Major League Baseball organizations. The Tigers see some of their top prospects get the chance to play alongside one another for the first time.

The first overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft, Spencer Torkelson, is one of the prospects who is getting his chance to play in Lakeland this fall. The prospects have begun playing games, seeing the “starters” play five innings, and then giving way to other prospects.

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The team is comprised of names like Daniel Cabrera, Riley Greene, Parker Meadows, Wenceel Perez, Torkelson, and others.

Not all of these players were a part of the Tigers 2020 60-man Player Pool, and this the first time that some of these prospects are back with the organization.

As the fall progresses, this will be a phenomenal opportunity for some of the organization’s top prospects, and recent draft picks to start getting a taste of the Tigers organization.

They will be playing against other organization’s top talent, allowing ample opportunity for development.

No matter the outcome, this opportunity at the Fall Instructional League should allow the prospects to have a perfect chance to develop and work with the Tigers coaches in Lakeland.

It is no secret that the Tigers rebuild is underway, but if the Tigers can come into 2021 season with a better idea as to what the prospects the organization has, are capable of. The organization will have another top draft pick in 2021, which possesses the third overall selection in the 2021 draft.

The hope would be that the Tigers can add yet another top talent into the organization, boosting this rebuild even further and hopefully putting them in a good spot, similar to what the Chicago White Sox has been able to do.

If the Tigers can use the immense pitching prospect depth, utilize it to build an impeccable staff, paired with the growing amount of offensive prospects, they should be in good shape for the remainder of this rebuild.

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This Fall Instructional League will only be aiding the rebuild as it allows prospects to get back on the field for the Detroit Tigers organization or at least for an organization’s affiliate.