Jonathan Mayo

Where the Tigers' top 30 prospects are starting the season

Where the Tigers' top 30 prospects are starting the season

With the 2015 season officially under way, here's a look at where the Tigers' top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Steven Moya -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
2. Derek Hill -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
3. Buck Farmer -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
4. Kevin Ziomek -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
5. James McCann -- Detroit Tigers (MLB)
6. Austin Kubitza -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)
7. Spencer Turnbull -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
8. Hernan Perez -- Detroit Tigers (MLB)
9. Tyler Collins -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
10. Grayson Greiner -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
11. Javier Betancourt -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
12. Dixon Machado -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
13. Joe Jimenez -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
14. Artie Lewicki -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
15. Drew VerHagen -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA) -- DL
16. Angel Nesbitt -- Detroit Tigers (MLB)
17. Melvin Mercedes -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
18. Endrys Briceno -- Extended spring training -- DL
19. Chad Green -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)
20. Edgar De La Rosa -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)
21. Adam Ravenelle -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
22. Jose Valdez -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
23. Kyle Lobstein -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
24. Joe Mantiply -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)
25. Joey Pankake -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A)
26. Shane Zeile -- West Michigan Whitecaps (A) -- DL
27. Daniel Fields -- Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)
28. Josh Turley -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)
29. Dominic Ficociello -- Lakeland Flying Tigers (A Adv)
30. Wynton Bernard -- Erie SeaWolves (AA)

Team to watch
The Detroit Tigers are expected to compete for, if not win, the American League Central division annually. It certainly looks like they have plenty of help ready to contribute soon. Eight of their Top 30 prospects are starting the year in Triple-A Toledo, the proverbial phone call away. The group is led by top prospect Steven Moya.

Teams on MiLB.TV
Toledo Mud Hens
Erie SeaWolves
West Michigan Whitecaps

New faces
The Tigers pride themselves of growing their own and 28 of the Top 30 were originally drafted and/or signed by Detroit. They added some fresh talent via the 2014 Draft, with seven new draftees on the current list. All but one are starting with a full-season club, with only Shane Zeile (No. 26) left behind on the disabled list. Especially once Zeile comes back, West Michigan in the Midwest League will be the place to go to see the new guys, with all but one - catcher Grayson Greiner (No. 10) - beginning with the Whitecaps, led by first-rounder Derek Hill (No. 2).

On the shelf
Right-hander Endrys Briceno has always teased with upside potential, but he hasn't been able to try to turn it into consistent performance of late. The No. 18 prospect was shut down after just three starts in 2014 and ended up needing Tommy John surgery. He's working his way back and should return to the mound competitively at some point this summer.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.