This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The Detroit Tigers may finally be developing some legitimate pitching talent in the minor leagues. The Tigers toiled for years as a bottom-five farm system but their mojo appears to be changing, and the plethora of young arms currently stashed represent a big part of that turnaround. Casey Mize was profiled last week and has unsurprisingly been successful thus far during his brief time down on the farm, as the No. 1 pick of last year's draft has made quick work of the competition in two starts for High-A Lakeland. Although the Tiger arm with the most upside may be Matt Manning. The former high school quarterback enjoyed a breakout season in 2018, and hasn't missed a beat so far in 2019 with a 15:3 K:BB in 12 innings at Double-A, allowing just two hits and one earned run in the process. Perhaps the more eye-opening start has been Manning's rotation mate, Alex Faedo. While Faedo does not have the pure stuff of Manning or Mize, he has still managed 15 strikeouts in 12 innings of his own at Erie - and has yet to walk a batter. Beau Burrows hasn't allowed an earned run in two starts for Triple-A Toledo, posting his own 12:2 K:BB in 10.1 innings for the Mud Hens. If Franklin Perez and Elvin Rodriguez could stay healthy, the Tigers would rival most organizations in terms of quality starting pitching prospects.
Let's take a look at the rest of the prospect scene in this