Since there isn’t much time left in spring training, I figured I better get on the ball and finish this series up. I’ve already done the rotation, so it’s time to take a stab at the position guys now. Obviously things could change, like adding guys off of waivers like the Tigers did with Kelvin De La Cruz, but the rosters are taking somewhat of a little bit of shape.
Here we go.
Catcher- Bryan Holaday
Holaday spent his summer in Erie last year, and I have a feeling that is where he is going to spend it again. He could potentially be in Toledo as well, and we could see Rob Brantly here is the Tigers want to put James McCann in Lakeland. This position is definitely going to have a domino effect. Holaday belongs in AA because the bat is pretty awful, and he needs work. His defense is his calling card though, and good enough to back up wherever he is placed.
1st base- Jordan Lennerton
Lennerton is overlooked as a first base prospect, and there is some reason for that, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t a pretty good organizational guy. He can hit with some pop. He can also play a decent first base. He also strikes out a ton, and would more than likely get carved up by big league pitching.
2nd base- Brandon Douglas
This is a repeat for Brandon Douglas but I can’t help but think there isn’t room for him at Toledo with Danny Worth and Justin Henry potentially there. Douglas is much like a right handed version of Will Rhymes. He can hit, doesn’t have much in the way of pop, steals a few bags, and plays a pedestrian 2nd base. Which I guess is good for him, because that would mean he could get a big league shot at some point.
Shortstop- Brandon Loy
Loy doesn’t have the bat to handle this assignment but he does have the glove. Only reason I have him here though is because I believe the organization likes Dixon Machado enough to push him to Lakeland, which means we should see Loy go to Erie. Cale Iorg and Audy Ciriaco are possibilities as well, but I believe Ciriaco is going to Toledo.
3rd Base- Wade Gaynor
Gaynor needs a big year to get back on the map after a rough 2011. There is some athleticism and raw power there, but also a lot of swing and miss. Not that great defensively, but good enough, Gaynor needs a big 2012.
Outfield- Avisail Garcia
Garcia was a question mark to me when I did the Lakeland projections, however, I felt he would be pushed because the Tigers like him. It looks like that will be the case. Even though this is a huge challenge, I expect Garcia to handle things pretty well.
Outfield- Michael Rockett
Rockett has some tools, but is more of an extra outfielder than anything. He performed pretty well in a short stint in Erie last season, and while I don’t expect too much from him, he should be solid.
Outfield- Ben Guez
Guez had a solid year for the organization last year, but it’s going to be difficult for him to shake the extra outfielder tag as his ceiling. He could end up in Toledo, but with Quentin Berry having a big spring, I expect him to go to Toledo. Guez will probably move around a bit this season.
Designated Hitter- Tony Plagman
Plagman has been somewhat of an RBI machine, and he will probably get the same opportunity in the middle of Erie’s order this season. Will likely play some first base as well.
Closer- Tyler Stohr
Tigers like Stohr. He will get first crack on most nights to close.