Detroit Tigers: Scouting Report on Atlanta

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Aug 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 13, 2015; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) looks on in the second inning in the spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

Position Players

Compared to the other 29 teams in Major League Baseball, Atlanta isn’t doing so well from a statistical standpoint—at least on offense.

Freddie Freeman and company ranked second to last in baseball in runs scored and last in ISO. They also check in third to last in wRC+ and WAR, while ranking 27th in wOBA.

The current roster is led by Freeman (6.2 WAR, 156 wRC+, .982 OPS) and Matt Kemp (122 wRC+, 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 52 games for Atlanta).

Outside of the duo, Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte, the lineup is filled with young or unproven Major League commodities and short-term pieces.

This is mainly due to an ongoing effort to rebuild the franchises. Because of this, a number of key veterans have been dealt. In fact the Tigers actually employ three of them in Justin Upton, Cameron Maybin and Erick Aybar.

Plenty of Players Traded

Since the end of last season, Atlanta has dealt nearly an entire roster’s worth of players for prospects. These players include Andrelton Simmons, Maybin, Shelby Miller, Christian Bethancourt, Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Grilli, Kelly Johnson, Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell, Dario Alvarez, Hunter Cervenka, Aybar, Jeff Francoeur and Gordon Beckham.

Despite so many veterans heading out the door and the team rebuilding, Atlanta still relying on a number of players in and around the age of 30. Brandon Snyder (29), Tyler Flowers (30), Adonis Garcia (31), Emilio Bonifacio (31), Kemp (31), Markakis (32), Anthony Recker (32) and Blake Lalli (33) all occupy spots on the active roster.

Atlanta does have a number of promising younger players in Inciarte (25), Mallex Smith (23) and Dansby Swanson (22), but most of their position players are more veteran place holders.

Outside of Freeman, Markakis, Kemp and Garcia, no batter has more than 42 runs batted in.

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