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TigsTown Analysis: State of the System 2009

Porcello is the star of the system

The Detroit Tigers' minor league system has been quite the roller coaster ride the last few seasons; climbing back from the depths of despair in the early 2000s to become one of the league's top systems in 2006. Over the last two years – or maybe a touch more than that – the system has again seen an enormous change in talent level, due in large part to trades and other losses of top prospects.

Since before the 2008 season, the Tigers have dealt away top prospect Cameron Maybin, two top pitching prospects in Andrew Miller and Jair Jurrjens, another top outfielder in Gorkys Hernandez, and parted ways with other top prospects such as Dallas Trahern, Virgil Vasquez, Eulogio de la Cruz, Guillermo Moscoso and James Skelton. Add in the fact that players like Clete Thomas and Matt Joyce have...

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