Detroit Tigers: Five Breakout Candidates to Watch in 2017

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Jul 29, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Tyler Collins (18) hits a three run home run in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Tyler Collins

Age: 26

Position: Outfielder

Similar to Dixon Machado, Tyler Collins could produce solid numbers should Detroit trade a veteran starter. If J.D. Martinez is dealt, Collins seems the best all-around option to take over in right field.

The corner outfielder is a better fielder and base-running option than Steven Moya. The 26-year-old also provides significantly more pop than Anthony Gose. To top it all off, Collins may be the best contact hitter of the bunch.

In limited playing time last season, the former sixth-round pick logged a .147 ISO and an 84 wRC+.

Collins could also see some time in center field depending how things play out in Spring Training. If that is the case, the outfielder will have an even greater chance of making an impact during the 2017 campaign.

In addition to potentially providing value at multiple positions, the left-handed swinging batter will also provide length to Detroit’s lineup.

With Cameron Maybin now in Anaheim, Collins will be one of the players counted on to help make up for the veteran’s production.

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Given something close to a full season’s worth of at-bats, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the outfielder produce 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases.