Detroit Tigers: Position Player Prospects’ Stats So Far in Spring Training

Feb 28, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers player Dominic Ficociello (72) high fives Detroit Tigers third base coach Dave Clark (25) as he rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers player Dominic Ficociello (72) high fives Detroit Tigers third base coach Dave Clark (25) as he rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman JaCoby Jones (40) at bat against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

JaCoby Jones
Age: 24
Position: Center Fielder
Hits: Right-Handed

If JaCoby Jones can cut down on his strikeouts, he has a chance to be a dynamic player at the Major League level.

So far this spring, Jones has done just that, with only two punch outs in 16 at-bats.

A plus defender waiting to happen in center field, Jones also brings excellent speed and power to the game.

To go along with his lack of strikeouts, the former Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand has also added six hits, four runs scored, and an RBI.

Jones also obliterated a baseball in Thursday’s tie with the New York Mets, sending it well over the left field wall for his first home run of the spring.

Considering Mikie Mahtook (.095 batting average) and Tyler Collins (.176) aren’t exactly hitting the cover off the ball, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Jones win the starting center field job.

A.J. Simcox
Age: 22
Position: Shortstop
Hits: Right-Handed

A college teammate of Christin Stewart, Simcox is coming off his first full season with Advanced-A Lakeland.

In 127 games for the Flying Tigers, the shortstop hit .262 with a .643 OPS, 76 runs scored, 51 RBI and 29 extra-base hits.

While he likely won’t make his Major League debut this season, Simcox has gotten into four games for the Detroit Tigers this spring, registering a double and a run scored in five at-bats.

Grayson Greiner
Age: 24
Position: Catcher
Hits: Right-Handed

James McCann will likely be the starting catcher for the Tigers for the better part of the next decade. However, who his long-term backup is remains to be seen.

Greiner could be that player for the Tigers.

A 6’6” backstop, the 24-year-old made three minor league stops in 2016, making it all the way from Lakeland to Toledo.

Overall, he hit .293 with a .763 OPS, 42 RBI, 34 runs scored and 25 extra-base hits while throwing out 33% of base stealers.

In limited playing time in Grapefruit League action, Greiner has three hits—including a double—in six at-bats. He’s also collected two runs scored and an RBI for Detroit.

Next: Hypothetical Trade Time!

If Greiner continues to play well in the high minors, he’ll give John Hicks competition in terms of being the Tigers third-string catcher waiting in Toledo.