With Mahtook and Collins not exactly destroying baseballs at the plate, the door could conceivably be open for JaCoby Jones to win the job.
The top prospect is a plus defender waiting to happen given his excellent athleticism.
What’s more, he’s been solid at the plate so far, hitting .304 with an .812 OPS in 23 spring at-bats.
Jones has also added four runs scored, a home run, a double and an RBI. Perhaps most encouragingly, the LSU product has struck out just four times.
Rounding out the list is Anthony Gose, who has started to improve with the bat as of late.
After registering just one hit in his first three games, the outfielder batted .278 over the past two weeks.
While he’s continued to struggle with strikeouts (nine in 25 spring at-bats), Gose’ recent hitting is a definite positive.
The former Blue Jays player has also added three RBI, two runs scored and a pair of doubles for Brad Ausmus and company in Spring Training.
Similar to the other players on this list, Gose would bring some much-needed speed to the Detroit Tigers batting order if he makes the Opening Day roster.