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Detroit Tigers: The next wave of reinforcements coming from Triple-A Toledo

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Jairo Labourt #53 of the Detroit Tigers and the World Team delivers the pitch against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Jairo Labourt #53 of the Detroit Tigers and the World Team delivers the pitch against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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MESA, AZ – MARCH 13: Jeimer Candelario #75 of the Chicago Cubs returns to the dugout after hitting a homerun in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics on March 13, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
MESA, AZ – MARCH 13: Jeimer Candelario #75 of the Chicago Cubs returns to the dugout after hitting a homerun in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics on March 13, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) /

Jeimer Candelario

Age: 23
Positions: Third Base and First Base
On 40-Man Roster: Yes

Perhaps the most obvious inclusion on this list, Candelario was the centerpiece of the swap that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the North side of Chicago.

Isaac Paredes, the other player in the deal, is still a few years away from making it to the Majors, but the argument can be made for Candelario to be playing for the Detroit Tigers right now.

He probably would be if the team didn’t employ Miguel Cabrera and Nicholas Castellanos.

Candelario has already endeared himself to Toledo fans with four hits in his first eight plate appearances, including a pair of doubles, a home run and a stolen base.

A solid defender, Candelario should hit for average and some power at the Major League level.

JaCoby Jones

Age: 25
Positions: Outfielder
On 40-Man Roster: Yes

Jones hasn’t hit much in Toledo this season, with a .235 batting average in 326 plate appearances. However, his walk percentage is up slightly, and he’s still contributing in a variety of ways.

The outfielder has chipped in with 47 runs scored, 35 RBI, 16 doubles, eight home runs, seven stolen bases and a triple.

Even if he doesn’t turn things around from an offensive standpoint this season, Jones can still make an impact late in September games as a defensive replacement or a pinch-runner.

In limited playing time with the Tigers earlier in the season, Jones notched a 28.8 UZR/150, a 3.8 UZR and a DRS of four in 140.2 defensive innings in center field.

He also turned in a 0.3 BsR and a 0.7 UBR on the base paths.

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