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Detroit Tigers: Full Overview of Tigers' Farm System and Prospects for 2013
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Nick Castellanos' bat speed and natural hitting ability has made him pushed him to Double-A at just 20 years old in 2012.

The Detroit Tigers have used virtually all their minor league assets over the last few years in trades to acquire big league players who can help them win now. 

On the field, the results have paid off in a big way. The Tigers made it to their second World Series since 2006 last year, though their bats and starting pitching went cold against San Francisco in a four-game sweep. 

That isn't to say there is anything wrong with what the Tigers are doing. In fact, one of the best things about prospects is their ability to be dangled in trades to improve the major league team's chances of winning now. 

However, all that movement and lack of first-round picks due to free-agent signings has left their system bereft of impact talent. They do have one premier prospect at the top of the system, but a whole lot of question marks after that. 

One thing is certain with the Tigers heading into 2013: They are built to compete for a championship now and shouldn't expect a lot of help from the system if/when the need arises. 

Here is a complete look at the farm system heading into 2013, with a look at the top prospects, an impact prospect who will be in Detroit soon and a breakout prospect to watch. 

Note: All stats and ages courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted

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