That’s a big deal, for two guys just drafted in June and not as first rounders to already be at high A. They’ll only have 16 games to play there before the season ends, so not out of the question that they could each start there next year but this is definitely a best case scenario for Detroit with those two guys.
So far, on the year they’ve posted the following numbers:
Deatherage (2 games in Gulf Coast League and 46 at West Michigan Low A) as an outfielder
.324/.380/.514 6 homers 25 RBI 15 walks 51 Ks in 185 ABs 15 steals with 3 CS.
Clemens (41 games at Low A West Michigan) as a second baseman
.302/.387/.477 4 homers 17 RBI 21 walks 27 Ks in 149 ABs 3steals with 1 CS.
Also, Parker Meadows, the Tigers’ second round pick as an OF, got promoted to Connecticut after playing in the Gulf Coast League. Here’s what he’s done so far in 22 games and 74 ABs
.284/.376/.500 4 homers 8 RBI 8 walks and 25 Ks 3steals with 1 CS
He’s seen as a potential CF option.
All of these guys playing well as position players is a big positive. You never know how they’ll react to the move up in level but it’s encouraging to me. With Deatherage and Clemens it’s a bigger deal IMO because both are college guys, so you want them on a faster track. Meadows is 18, so he’s got more time.