Detroit Tigers: Six Prospects Who Could Debut in 2017
A 6’6” catcher, Greiner has shown well both behind the plate and with a bat in his hands. A dependable catch-and-throw backstop, Greiner hit .293 in 91 games. The 23-year-old eventually moved to Toledo to end the year.
His offensive breakout season in 2016 seems extremely similar to James McCann’s 2014 campaign in Triple-A when the current Detroit starter hit .295 with 54 RBI and 41 extra-base hits.
If Greiner continues to produce with the Mud Hens and the Tigers have a need, the towering catcher could make his way to the Majors.
His odds of making his debut will go up if current backups Jarrod Saltalamacchia and John Hicks aren’t retained.
Just last season, Bernard had an opportunity to break camp with the Tigers, but could not overcome Cameron Maybin, Anthony Gose and Tyler Collins in the center field pecking order.
Bernard would go on to hit .279 with 56 runs scored, 25 extra-base hits and 23 stolen bases. His ability to get on base and make an impact with his speed make him an intriguing bench option for Detroit.
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If the Tigers move on from Anthony Gose, Bernard would be one of the first names to be called up from Toledo in case of an outfield injury.