In today’s Detroit Tigers game against the Baltimore Orioles, the veterans stayed behind in Lakeland. The bus was full of youngsters and journeymen who got the job done in the 7-1 win over the Orioles.
Only a handful have seen significant playing time in the Major Leagues.
While Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Ian Kinsler have been off playing in the World Baseball Classic, the young players have been showing that they can hang with the best. It is clear that these young players want their chances in the Big Show. If they continue to perform like they have been, many will get a chance.
The only Tigers veterans who made the trip to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida were Andrew Romine and James McCann. Matt Boyd started on the mound and he pitched like he had something to prove. Shane Greene also came along for the ride and pitched in one inning.
The young guys and journeymen that did the work today have been consistent since Cabrera, Kinsler, and Martinez have not been available to play. In fact, several of them have shown that they could be contenders in the MLB. Now that Spring Training is in the last third, these are players who have stepped up and gotten the job done.