The Detroit Tigers shook-up their line-up yesterday be designating LF Jacques Jones for assignment, installing Gary Sheffield in LF and recalling OF Matt Joyce from AAA Toledo. Given the impression the Tigers emptied their farm system to acquire Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, I was unfamilar with Matt Joyce as a prospect. As a result, I went to my Baseball America and John Sickels prospect handbooks to read-up on Joyce.
My memory was jogged looking at Joyce's 2007 K/BB ratio of 127:51. With more than two Ks per walk at AA, I had decided he wasn't enough of a prospect for me to consider amongst the top 24 available in my draft. However, a closer look shows he skipped High A and went right to AA. This has given me pause.
He has transitioned well to AAA this year batting 299/367/536 versus his AA slash stat line of 257/333/454. His K/BB hasn't changed much, though, at 27:11. I'm cautiously optimistic that he could provide some value in AL-Only formats. Here are the write-ups on Matt Joyce from Baseball America and John Sickels. Judge for yourself.
From Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2008 which ranked Joyce 7th in the organization: