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Detroit Tigers: Young Guys & Journeymen Getting It Done

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Mar 11, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers short stop Andrew Romine (17) throws to first for the out on New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) in the second inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers short stop Andrew Romine (17) throws to first for the out on New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) in the second inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 13, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Andrew Romine (17) bats against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Even though he is not considered a “young guy,” Andrew Romine has had one outstanding spring training.

His swing has changed and he has been hitting better than ever before. In his 47 at-bats, he has two home runs, three doubles, and a triple. Only one other Tiger has a triple: Jason Krizan.

Romine’s current slash is a mighty .319/.327/.553 with an OPS of .880. Along with these impressive numbers, he has also stolen two bases – which is an oddity in the world of the Detroit Tigers. Romine currently leads the team in runs scored, with eight.

Romine has spent time at several positions. He has 35 innings at third base and 39 innings at short stop. He hasn’t spent much time in the outfield, but in his 11 innings in center field, he made three outs. In his time on defense, he has a perfect fielding percentage.

With Romine’s strong spring training, he is clearly showing that he does deserve to be on the 25-man roster when the team heads north. His speed, defensive skill, and switch-hitting ability makes him valuable. With the questions about center field, he could be a viable contender – but he is certainly useful in the infield when Castellanos and Jose Iglesias need a day off.

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While the Tigers are not known for having a plethora of prospects, spring training has shown that there is some depth. With youngsters and part-time players filling in for the veterans, the Tigers have seen that there is some hope for the future.

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