Detroit Tigers: Breaking Down All 22 Non-Roster Invitees
Detroit Tigers players will report to Spring Training this month. With a roster featuring a significant number of carryovers, here is a look at the club’s 22 non-roster invitees heading into Major League camp.
Detroit Tigers fans will likely see a very similar starting lineup next season.
The infield, consisting of Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos, remains the same. Additionally, two of last season’s three starting outfielders also come back in J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton.
Elsewhere, starters James McCann and Victor Martinez return behind the dish and at designated hitter.
On the pitching side of things, there are also few changes.
Justin Verlander remains, and will head up a rotation that is set to include Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd.
Similar to last season, Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey are still around as depth options, while Francisco Rodriguez will once again close games.
All told, there are few significant changes to be had.
The biggest change will come in center field, where Mikie Mahtook, JaCoby Jones and Tyler Collins will battle it out to replace Cameron Maybin.
Outside of that however, the most significant battles for roster spots are likely on the bench and in the bullpen.
Much of Detroit’s bench unit from 2016—Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Erick Aybar and Casey McGehee—have departed.
Over in the bullpen, Joe Jimenez, Daniel Stumpf, Drew VerHagen, Victor Alcantara and Chad Bell could challenge for places on the team.
Despite a roster that is mostly set in stone, the Detroit Tigers are bringing a considerable number of veteran players to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.
Of the 22 players expected to join the Tigers in camp, many have Major League experience. Here’s a rundown of all 22.