Detroit Tigers Lineup, Reported Pitchers for Matchup With Florida Southern
Detroit Tigers players will take the field in the team’s first game of Spring Training. The Tigers will take on Florida Southern College at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.
Detroit Tigers baseball is officially back.
While the team have yet to kick off their slate of games in the Grapefruit League, the club will face Florida Southern College on Thursday in Detroit’s first game of the season.
We now know what kind of lineup Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will send out there to start the game against Florida Southern.
Detroit’s official Twitter account tweeted out the lineup on Thursday morning.
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The lineup is as follows.
- Ian Kinsler, Second Base
- Victor Martinez, Designated Hitter
- Miguel Cabrera, First Base
- J.D. Martinez, Right Field
- Justin Upton, Left Field
- Nick Castellanos, Third Base
- James McCann, Catcher
- Mikie Mahtook, Center Field
- Jose Iglesias, Shortstop
Additionally, Myles Jaye will start the game for the Tigers.
Jaye spent 2016 with Detroit’s minor league affiliates in Erie and Toledo. Overall, he posted a 3.95 ERA in 161.2 innings.
He also held hitters to a .250 batting average in 28 starts while striking out 7.15 batters per nine frames.
Considering this early in Spring Training, Detroit’s players are just getting back into the swing of things, don’t expect Victor Martinez to hit second moving forward.
According to a report from MLB.com’s Jason Beck, we also know which pitchers the Tigers will be sending out against Florida Southern.
In a tweet posted on Thursday morning, Beck tweeted that Sandy Baez, Victor Alcantara, Joe Jimenez, Adam Ravenelle, Ruben Alaniz and William Cuevas will throw against the college team.
This should be a preview of things to come for the Detroit Tigers bullpen in the future.
It likely won’t happen this season, but Jimenez, Alcantara and Ravenelle all have the upside to pitch late in games as they develop in the Major Leagues.
Jimenez in particular seems destined to eventually replace Francisco Rodriguez at the back end of Detroit’s bullpen.
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Fellow power pitchers Alcantara and Ravenelle, who both spent time throwing at Double-A last season, could eventually join him.