Other outfield options
In addition to Collins, the Tigers have also used JaCoby Jones in the outfield this season.
Jones turned in a promising stat line at Triple-A Toledo, hitting .265 with a .321 on-base percentage, a .398 slugging percentage, a .323 wOBA, a .133 ISO and a 101 wRC+.
However, he has struggled mightily at times in the Majors. Jones spent time on the disabled list after being hit in the mouth by a pitch.
Speaking of injuries, Martinez has missed all but 17 games this season. He’s making up for lost time with a string of outstanding performances as of late, but his absence certainly didn’t help the Tigers.
Detroit, a team that was already dealing with the loss of Maybin, also began the season without two outfielders who logged a combined 201 plate appearances for the club in 2016.
Gose and Moya
Anthony Gose, that season’s Opening Day center fielder, transitioned to pitching, and is now working on his stuff with Advanced-A Lakeland.
Meanwhile, Steven Moya was designated for assignment before the season began. The Tigers could have conceivably lost the slugging outfielder on waivers, but the 25-year-old remained in the organization.
As of now, he doesn’t seem like a candidate to be called up.
Despite five home runs in just 104 plate appearances for Triple-A Toledo, Moya is hitting .160 with a miniscule .192 on-base percentage. He’s walked four times compared to 43 strike outs.
While Gose, Moya and Collins weren’t perfect outfield options for Detroit, they represented depth options.
Now, with Gose pitching, Moya in the minors and Collins off the Major League team, Detroit is being forced to rely on new depth.
That leaves Martinez, Upton and a small handful of options (Jones, Mahtook and Presley) to man centerfield.