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Seven Tigers prospects, plus skipper Parrish, to AFL

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DETROIT -- Eight members of the Tigers' organization, including Triple-A Toledo manager Larry Parrish, will join the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League for the upcoming season, the league announced Tuesday.

Three of the Tigers' Top 20 prospects will be headed to Glendale: infielder Devon Travis (No. 4), outfielder Steven Moya (No. 7) and pitcher Drew VerHagen (No. 14),

Additional hurlers in Glendale will be Zac Reininger, Joe Mantiply and Chad Smith, while outfielder Daniel Fields rounds out the affiliated Tigers playing in the Arizona Fall League.

The 6-foot-6 Moya has translated his athleticism and raw strength into a record-setting season at Double-A Erie, with 34 home runs and 102 RBIs to go with a .276 batting average and .861 OPS. He earned a spot in the starting lineup for the All-Star Futures Game last month.

Moya also has struck out 152 times in 127 games against just 20 walks. An AFL stint will allow him to get more at-bats against advanced pitching to work on staying disciplined at the plate.

Travis, a high-rising prospect up the Tigers' rankings last year in his first full pro season, got off to a slow start and missed time due to a strained pectoral muscle. He turned up his hitting since his return and all but erased the early-season struggles, entering Tuesday with a .296 average, 10 home runs, 46 RBIs and an .811 OPS in 94 games.

VerHagen earned a callup for a spot start in Detroit after a strong first half at Triple-A Toledo, posting a 3.67 ERA to go with a 6-7 record before a stress fracture in his lower back ended his Minor League season in late July.

Likewise, Fields will try to make up for lost time in the AFL after a broken hand cost him a month and a half. The athletic 23-year-old has struggled at the plate since his return, resulting in a .221 average and .616 OPS across three levels. Fields was slated to play in the AFL last year before an injured wrist forced him to spend his offseason rehabbing.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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