Roundtable: 2013 Minor League Breakout Player
Is Vasquez ready to dominate A-ball?
Is Vasquez ready to dominate A-ball?
TigsTown.com
Posted Apr 12, 2013


Ready to talk Tigers? Want to hear the opinion of the TigsTown staff? Welcome to the TigsTown Roundtable! This week's question: Who is your pick for minor league breakout player this year?

Paul Wezner, Executive Editor

There are a number of good options to mention as a player ready to break out in 2013, but my list has boiled down to two that I feel are the best. Dixon Machado always had potential as a rail-thin, slick-fielding shortstop, but he arrived to camp this spring notably bigger, and checks in at 170 pounds (compared to the generously listed of 140 pounds). With a more filled-out frame, he might make some waves. However, the breakout player I want to call out is right-hander Montreal Robertson. The big man on the mound has shown flashes to impress, and with a regular role in a rotation this spring, the opportunity exists for him to really blossom into an impressive pitcher and future setup man on the mound.

Mark Anderson, Managing Editor

The Tigers have several candidates that could truly breakout in 2013, but right-handed starter Endrys Briceno stands above the rest for me. Briceno has long been considered a very good prospect for the Tigers but he really started to come into his own with Connecticut in 2012. He has a fastball that can bump into the 94-95 mph range with good life, and his change-up shows as a very good offering at times. Where Briceno really needs to take a step forward is with his command and breaking ball. During bullpen sessions Briceno will demonstrate the ability to surgically move the ball around the zone but his precision lapses during games. I was so impressed with Briceno's raw stuff and feel for pitching in 2012 that I think he could burst onto the scene with West Michigan this year.

Matt Buck, Staff Writer

With the surplus of outfielders in the Detroit Tigers farm system choosing just one to be a breakout player this season may be a little difficult. Between Nick Castellanos, Avisail Garcia, Danry Vasquez, Steven Moya and Austin Schotts all being worthy options for breakout player status, the options for the Tigers in the farm could be very plentiful. That being said, I like Steven Moya to be the premier breakout player on the farm this season if a few very important variables take place. The biggest development that would need to be made is his plate discipline. Moya's baseball IQ is high and the competition has improved for him as he's now in the Florida State League so this is something that should develop nicely. His best intangible is offensively his build, as his 6' 7'' frame is a sign that he could be a plus-plus power hitter as his pitch recognition and plate discipline develop. Although Moya's had a slow start so far in Lakeland, I expect him to pick up the pace as the season progresses and quickly jump to becoming a candidate for player of the year in the farm system.

James Chipman, Lakeland Correspondent

Although Danry Vasquez is pretty well known here at TigsTown, in my humble opinion, he's a bit undervalued elsewhere. After a cup of coffee in West Michigan last season, Vasquez posted an impressive .311 average with 20 extra-base hits over 72 games in short-season Connecticut. Currently just 19-years-old, Vasquez is yet again one of the youngest in the Midwest League this season, and he's already producing. You'd be hard-pressed to find a scout that doesn't love Vasquez's work ethic, above-average hit tool and raw but impressive talent in the remaining facets of his game. If you haven't seen young Danry yet in person, I strongly urge you to take a trip to Comstock Park this season. Nick Castellanos might be the coveted prize of the Tigers farm system, but after this season, I honestly believe that Danry Vasquez will be nipping at his heels; no longer a stranger to the rest of the baseball world.

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