Detroit Tigers Recall Dixon Machado From Toledo
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will have another middle-infield option to turn to on the bench. Shortstop Dixon Machado was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Detroit Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado is returning to the club after being recalled from the minor leagues.
The Tigers announced the move on the team’s official Twitter account, tweeting, “Today, the #Tigers today have recalled INF @MachadoDixon from Triple-A Toledo.”
With the season now moving through September, Detroit didn’t need to announce a corresponding move as rosters have expanded. Machado was also already on the 40-man roster, further removing the need for another transaction.
The 2016 campaign marks Machado’s second in the Major League. He previously saw action for Detroit earlier this season and down the stretch last year.
So far, in 28 career games in the Majors, Machado has hit .211 with a .294 on-base percentage. He’s also chipped in with a .554 OPS, eight walks, seven runs scored, five RBI, three doubles and stolen base.
Most of the prospect’s career has been spent in the upper minors. Machado is a .264 hitter with a .331 on-base percentage in 258 career games.
In 131 contests with Toledo this season, the 24-year-old has collected 59 runs scored, 48 RBI, 28 doubles, 17 stolen bases, four home runs and two triples. Additionally, Machado hit .266 with a .349 on-base percentage. He only struck out 75 times in 131 games.
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Role in Detroit Down the Stretch
Expect Machado to serve as added infield depth for the Detroit Tigers as the team inches towards the playoffs.
The slick-fielding prospect has predominantly played shortstop in his professional career. However, he’s also seen some time at second base. Those are the two positions the former Mud Hen is likely to play in the Motor City.
Machado may not see too much playing time with Erick Aybar and Andrew Romine currently serving as the Tigers top utility options up the middle. Despite that, Ausmus and the Tigers know they have a quality defensive option to plug in at either position up the middle if need be.
With 131 career stolen bases, it is also possible that Machado could see time as a pinch runner down the stretch.
Much in the same way Jarrod Saltalamacchia can now pinch-hit more often given the presence of John Hicks on the bench, Machado could pinch run more frequently thanks to Aybar and Romine.