Detroit Tigers fans will likely see a similar lineup in 2017 as they did last season. Detroit wasn’t too active in the offseason, but return a strong nucleus. Here’s a prediction as to what the bench will look like.
As per usual, Andrew Romine led the way, notching a 0.6 WAR and a 71 wRC+ in 109 games. The utility ace saw action across the diamond for Detroit.
Romine appeared at every position except for catcher, even logging 0.2 innings of work on the mound.
Additionally, Jarrod Saltalamacchia stepped in and provided some pop. The backup catcher posted a .175 ISO and 12 home runs in 92 games during his lone season in Detroit.
The Tigers initially began the season with Mike Aviles as another utility option, but the former Royals player struggled, with a -1.4 WAR, a .258 on-base percentage and a wRC+ of 41.