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Tigers’ Kevin McGonigle Makes Big Jump on MLB Pipeline Prospects List

Tigers’ Kevin McGonigle Makes Big Jump on MLB Pipeline Prospects List

The Detroit Tigers enter their season opener of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday 15 games behind the American League Central Division leader and eight games below .500.

It seems the farm is doing a little better.

MLB Pipeline rolled out a revamped top-100 prospects list Monday night, with Tigers infield prospect Kevin McGonigle making the biggest jump on the list. McGonigle, 19 and playing for Single-A Lakeland, rose 31 spots, from No. 96 to No. 65.

The Tigers selected McGonigle with the No. 37 pick in last July’s MLB Draft. He graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

“Last year’s 37th overall pick, McGonigle rarely misses swings in the zone, lending credence to the belief that he’ll be a plus hitter at every stop,” MLB Pipeline reporter Sam Dykstra wrote. “His power played better than expected as a 19-year-old at Single-A, prompting this jump up.”

In 50 games this season for the Flying Tigers, McGonigle is hitting .326 with three home runs and 30 RBIs. He also has 13 doubles and three triples to contribute to an .879 OPS, and added 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts.

He splits his time between shortstop (25 games) and second base (16).

McGonigle is one of four Tigers prospects in the top 100, along with outfielder Max Clark (10), right-handed pitcher Jackson Jobe (11) and third baseman Jace Jung (42).

The Tigers, Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays are the only MLB teams with two prospects in the top 11.

Clark, the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft, is also with Lakeland, where he is hitting .269 with a .753 OPS. He has five homers, 48 ​​RBIs and 23 stolen bases in 64 games.

Jobe is rehabbing a hamstring injury at Single-A West Michigan before eventually returning to Double-A Erie. Jobe (the No. 3 overall pick in 2021) has a 2.10 ERA and 0.90 WHIP between the two stops, with 32 strikeouts and 12 walks in 25.1 innings pitched.

Jung has hit 11 home runs in 64 games this season with Triple-A Toledo. He is on a rehab assignment at Lakeland because of a sore wrist.