Detroit Tigers outfield depth tested early in 2017
The good news is that Presley has performed well in limited playing time so far with three runs scored, two RBI, two hits, a double and a walk in seven plate appearances.
Elsewhere, Jones gives the team a plus defender in center field, having logged a DRS of four, a 0.8 ARM, a 2.8 UZR and a 28.7 UZR/150.
There’s also Jim Adduci, who was on a tear at the plate before landing on the disabled list.
The veteran appeared in only 13 games for the Detroit Tigers, but provided a jolt on offensive in just 49 plate appearances.
Adduci notched 14 hits, eight runs scored, seven RBI, five walks, four doubles, a pair of triples and a stolen base for the Tigers.
Once he returns, the former Ranger will give the Tigers a solid offensive threat who can play all three outfield spots.
Detroit could also see Mahtook turn things around as the season progresses. The former Tampa Bay Ray has hit just .179 with a 51 wRC+.
However, some of that is due to a .211 BABIP.
Once that number starts to revert a bit, Mahtook will give the Tigers much more consistent production in the outfield.
Variety of options
While Detroit’s outfield depth has been tested significantly this season, the team seems to be in an ok place with the group that they have.
Outside of everyday starters Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez.
Adduci and Presley give the team offensive options in center field, while the developing Jones is reliable fielder. Mahtook gives the team an added option as well.
What’s more, all four can occupy all three outfield spots, giving Brad Ausmus experienced options to fill in for Upton or Martinez should the need arise.
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The Detroit Tigers outfield depth may not be what it used to be, but the team could very well stand to benefit from the new faces as the season progresses.