Moving on to position players, Al Avila and the Detroit Tigers have received some excellent production from a trio of outfielders in particular.
Detroit’s outfield picture has undergone quite a transformation in the last few years.
Fast forward to present day and the picture has changed significantly.
Maybin was flipped to Anaheim, while Martinez was also traded out west—to the Arizona Diamondbacks in this instance.
Meanwhile, Gose is pitching in Lakeland, Collins is with Toledo and Steven Moya is with Double-A Erie. All three are off the 40-man roster.
With the exception of the occasional Andrew Romine start, Upton, Mahtook, Presley and Adduci comprise Detroit’s current outfield grouping.
Unsurprisingly, after going on a tear at the end of 2016, Upton has been excellent. The slugger paces Detroit Tigers position players in WAR and ISO. He’s also sporting a 132 wRC+ and a .370 wOBA.
However, the other three have turned heads as well.
Mahtook, who hit just .186 with a .577 OPS through the end of May, has been on a tear since.
In 102 plate appearances dating back to the start of June, the former first-round pick is batting .350 with a .913 OPS, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored and 11 extra-base hits.
Avila did give up well-regarded pitching prospect Drew Smith to bring in Mahtook, but it is hard to argue with Mahtook’s results so far.
Able to make an impact at the plate, on the base paths (0.2 BsR) and cover ground in Comerica Park, Mahtook looks like a long-term piece in the Motor City.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s only 26 and is controllable, according to Spotrac, through 2021.