Other September offensive ranks for the Tigers include checking in at 21st in ISO, 19th in wOBA and 18th in wRC+.
As it stands, there aren’t many in-house options to significantly improve the team’s offense.
A rebound season from a healthy Cabrera would certainly help, but Detroit has lost plenty of the lineup depth that came with the likes of J.D. Martinez, Upton and Avila.
One run producer could be Stewart.
The outfielder has the upside to be a run producer for years to come. While he’s a different player than Martinez and Upton, Stewart can fill a similar role in terms of driving in runs behind Miguel Cabrera.
Right now, the only player capable of doing that on the roster is Castellanos.
How the Detroit Tigers fare statistically next season probably doesn’t matter too much in the grand scheme of things.
However, the team can accelerate the rebuild somewhat if the younger position players can take a significant step forward at the plate.
If those five can play at a higher standard and Cabrera rebounds, that’s a decent base to build on for the future—especially considering Stewart, Castellanos, Mahtook, McCann and Candelario could all be part of the next great Detroit Tigers team.