Detroit Tigers fans will likely see a familiar Opening Day roster. The Tigers return much of the team’s veteran core. However, some prospects could contribute. Here are the position player prospects.
Detroit Tigers fans have seen plenty of young players develop into integral parts of the team in the past few seasons.
Nick Castellanos stands out as perhaps the most prominent of the bunch after a breakout 2016 campaign that saw him set a number of career highs despite playing in only 110 games.
The third baseman notched new bests in home runs (18), runs scored (54), ISO (.212), batting average (.285), on-base percentage (.331), slugging percentage (.496), wOBA (.350), wRC+ (119) and WAR (1.9).
Still just 25-years-old, Castellanos will only continue to develop as a middle-of-the-order presence.
In addition to the third baseman, James McCann has also established himself as a key player in Detroit.
The backstop rated as one of baseball’s best defensive catchers in 2016.
Finishing as a finalist for the Gold Glove at his position in the American League, McCann paced all catchers on the Junior Circuit with a rSB of 7. He also threw out 45% of would-be base thieves.
The Next Wave
While the Detroit Tigers will still feature a veteran-laden team that features the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez and Victor Martinez, there are some position player prospects who could make an impact this season.
However, Detroit does have some promising young talents in Spring Training. Here’s a look at how they’ve fared so far.