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Detroit Tigers: Spring Training Statistics of Note So Far

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Feb 27, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Ruben Alaniz (80) throws a pitch as he strikes out the side in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Ruben Alaniz (80) throws a pitch as he strikes out the side in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers baseball is officially back. The team has begun Grapefruit League play. While Detroit has only played five games against Major League opposition, players have started to stand out.

Detroit Tigers players recently lost to the New York Yankees in a Spring Training contest on Tuesday.

While there weren’t many standouts to speak of, Detroit was able to get plenty of young players into the game.

Daniel Norris started for Detroit, while Adam Ravenelle, Jairo Labourt and Bruce Rondon also threw.

Elsewhere, Dixon Machado, Dominic Ficociello, Mike Gerber, A.J. Simcox and Grayson Greiner entered as defensive substitutes.

Of the group, Machado and Ficociello were two of the standouts.

Machado singled while collecting an RBI.

Elsewhere, Ficociello deposited a Jonathan Holder pitch beyond the outfield fence for a three-run home run.

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The utility player has been one of Detroit’s most impressive players so far this spring, with four hits in just six at-bats.

Ficociello has also collected five RBI, three runs scored, a double, a walk and said home run.

Obviously, the sample size is extremely small, but it is an encouraging start for the 24-year-old.

Elsewhere, Tyler Collins is also sporting a .667 batting average after collecting a pair of hits and three RBI in a trio of at-bats.

Fellow outfielder JaCoby Jones has racked up three hits and a pair of runs scored in six at-bats. He also hasn’t struck out once.

It is early, but Jones’ ability to score runs and be a table-setter could be extremely beneficial for the Tigers considering one of last season’s offensive spark plugs—Cameron Maybin—is now a member of the Angels.

Rounding out the list are Miguel Cabrera and Andrew Romine.

Miggy continues to do Miggy things with four hits and two doubles in seven at-bats.

Romine, meanwhile, has already gone yard.

It is just Spring Training and not the regular season, but it is worth noting that the utility player has just six regular season home runs.

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He’s also added four RBI, three hits, two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base this spring.

Pitchers

On the pitching side of things, only four hurlers have appeared in more than one game.

However, of the quartet that have thrown multiple times, there have been plenty of zeroes.

Non-roster invitees William Cuevas and Logan Kensing both have two shutout innings under their respective belts.

Meanwhile, Dustin Molleken hasn’t allowed a run in 2.1 frames.

Ruben Alainz, who threw in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, was solid, striking out four while allowing just one hit in two innings.

Moving forward, it will certainly be interesting to see how the competition for roster spots plays out.

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Jones and Collins should be particularly worth watching, as either could be the Detroit Tigers Opening Day center fielder.

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