Detroit Tigers baseball is officially back with Spring Training fully under way. Per a tweet from Detroit’s official Twitter account, we now know what the team’s lineup will look like for Sunday’s game.
Detroit Tigers players return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.
Following a blowout loss on Saturday, the team will look to rebound.
Of course, results aren’t everything in Spring Training. However, a better showing probably wouldn’t hurt for a Tigers team that has lost games by scores of 11-1, 11-1 9-1 and 9-5 in the past few weeks.
The club’s most recent loss came against the New York Yankees on Saturday. New York raced out to an early 5-1 lead through four innings and didn’t look back, winning 11-1.
The trio are part of the group of 15 Detroit players participating in the World Baseball Classic.
Until those players return, more reserve players will get extended looks at playing time.
Per a tweet from Detroit’s official Twitter account, here’s a look at the team’s first Spring Training lineup without some of the team’s key veterans.
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- Andrew Romine, Shortstop
- Miguel Cabrera, Designated Hitter
- Nick Castellanos, Third Base
- Justin Upton, Left Field
- Steven Moya, Right Field
- James McCann, Catcher
- Mikie Mahtook, Center Field
- Brett Pill, First Base
- Dixon Machado, Second Base
Additionally, Daniel Norris takes the hill as Detroit’s starting pitcher.
Last season, the former top prospect finished fifth on the Tigers pitching staff in WAR with a 1.1 number despite making just 13 starts and 14 appearances overall.
Norris threw 69.1 innings, striking out an encouraging 9.97 batters per nine frames. What’s more, he also kept runners off the board with a 3.38 ERA and a 3.93 FIP.
Still only 23-years-old, the left-hander has the upside to be a front line pitcher for Detroit.
Moya and Machado
Moving forward, it will certainly be interesting to see just how much playing time the likes of Moya and Machado receive in Spring Training.
Both players are out of minor league options. Because of this, if either of the duo don’t make Detroit’s Opening Day roster, the club could potentially lose one or both to waivers.