Detroit Tigers Links: Kinsler gets his due, Casty top rookie, Hunter’s future


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Many felt that Ian Kinsler got screwed out of a Gold Glove this season. The second basemen received a bit of a silver lining by being named defensive player of the year at his position by Wilson. Well, deserved.

The other day, Victor Martinez was named Tiger of the Year and now it was time to name a rookie. Just as V-Mart was a no-brainer for his award, Nick Castellanos was also an easy choice for Tiger Rookie of the Year.

Finally, we take a look at the future of Torii Hunter. Though he has not fully committed to playing in 2015, if he did he’d like to stay in Detroit. According to Chris Iott, he has not spoken to the Tigers, but plenty of teams are interested in his services. One that would be a great fit would be the Minnesota Twins so Hunter could end his career where it started.

Royals, Braves feature top Defensive Players –

"Below is the full list of this year’s winners:1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers2B: Ian Kinsler, Detroit TigersSS: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves3B: Juan Uribe, Los Angeles DodgersLF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City RoyalsCF: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City RoyalsRF: Jason Heyward* Atlanta BravesP: Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati RedsC: Russell Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates"

Nick Castellanos named Detroit Tigers rookie of year – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"Castellanos hit .259 with 11 home runs and 66 RBIs during his debut season.He hit 31 doubles, four triples and scored 50 runs and ranked second among AL rookies to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu in hits, RBIs and doubles."

Source: ‘Several teams’ interested in Torii Hunter; no talks with Detroit Tigers to this point – Chris Iott, MLive

"One report said the Minnesota Twins have shown interest in Hunter, who broke into the majors with the Twins in 1997 and played the first 11 seasons of his career with them. Some have speculated that Hunter would be a good fit with the Kansas City Royals. Nori Aoki, an outfielder for the Royals, is also a free agent.Hunter hit .286 with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs and a .765 OPS for the Tigers in 2014. His batting average and OPS fell from 2012 to 2013 and again from 2013 to 2014."