The Detroit Tigers have the fourth best farm system in MLB-PRO according to OSA. Today we’ll go over the scouting reports for their two 60 future value players – Jake Venables and Jason Dumont.
60 FV Prospects
1. Jake Venables, LF
|Age||22.9||Height||6′ 2″||Weight||205||Bat / Thr||S / R||FV||60|
Venables was the number three overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Clemson. Venables is ranked as the #47 prospect by OSA and is currently playing for Erie in the Eastern League. The Tigers have tried to push the mature college slugger quickly, but after some false starts Venables has settled in nicely at the AA level to begin the 2021 campaign. Venables has game-changing plus-plus raw power and OSA scouts have slapped a 60 grade on his hit tool. Originally drafted as a centerfielder, the Tigers quickly realized the sweet-swinging switch hitter was a better fit as a left fielder and grades out as slightly above average there. Venables has above-average strike zone recognition skills and the ability to make a lot of contact with plus barrel control and plus bat speed. As a runner he grades out as average and will likely never be much of a base stealer nor a base-clogger.
MLB-Pro Comp: Jordan Atkins
2. Jason Dumont, SP
|Age||21.4||Height||6′ 1″||Weight||190||Bat / Thr||R / R||FV||60|
Jason Dumont was last year’s MLB-Pro draft pick #1 of 1. Dumont is seen as a polished college arm that can move quickly through the Detroit system. What he lacks in elite velocity Dumont makes up for in both nasty movement and command of a large arsenal of pitches. Dumont doesn’t show any true plus-plus offerings but the fastball is adequate and both his breaking pitches show great depth and movement. The slider and curveball both flash plus at times, but play nicely as above average offerings. He’s able to keep the hitters off balance with a great circle change that he’s continued to hone during his time in West Michigan and Lakeland. Talent evaluators believe this could be a truly devastating pitch for Dumont by the time he reaches the majors. He also shows the ability to throw a splitter for strikes at the knees, but can get hurt by the pitch from time to time when he leaves it up in the zone. It’s yet to be seen if Dumont will continue throwing all five pitches at the MLB-Pro level.
MLB-Pro Comp: Mark Davies