The Detroit Tigers have used their farm system liberally over the past few seasons in order to try to win the club's first World Series since 1984. Not a bad strategy, as even ESPN.com's Keith Law notes, but it doesn't help the Tigers in his annual rankings. Law puts Detroit at 25th out of 30 teams, noting the Tigers have "swapped more than 20 minor leaguers the past few years in deals for major league players, which is a great use of a farm system but often hurts the club on snapshot rankings like mine." Outfielder Nick Castellanos is 38th overall in Law's rankings, and he has outfielder Avisail Garcia and reliever Bruce Rondon as Detroit's next best two prospects. After those three guys — all who could contribute to the Tigers in 2013 — Detroit has "a lot of lottery-ticket types in the lower minors, some of whom are really intriguing but very far away," Law says.
Detroit Tigers' farm system ranks near bottom of MLB, says ESPN analyst Keith Law
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